How Do I Bathe an Infant?

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How you bathe an infant is completely up to you. Find out how to bathe an infant with help from a family case worker in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Christina Gavenda, at DomesticFelicity.com, and today I'm going to talk about how to bathe an infant. How you bathe your baby is completely up to you. Some people prefer the bathroom sink, some people prefer the kitchen sink, some people prefer just lying them on a wet towel in the bathtub, and some people prefer a baby bathtub. These are really nice for new moms who are nervous about a slippery wet baby, because you can just put a little bit of water in the bottom of them, there's a no stick pad in most of them already, or like a vinyl sheeting. Then you'll need a gentle baby soap that wont cause them any problems, like if it gets in their eye, and when the baths over, you'll need a gentle baby lotion for their skin so that it doesn't get dry. You'll need a soft washcloth. There's no need to go out and buy a fancy baby washcloth if you don't have one. Any soft bath cloth will work. And then finally you'll need a bath towel to make sure that they get nice and dry. There's no need to go out and buy a special baby towel made specifically for babies, but having a smaller towel can be really nice, and the baby ones usually have a nice, soft, low pile, that won't harm their skin by being scratchy. You lay your baby in warm, but not hot water, make sure you test it with your wrist. You get your washcloth a little soapy, you don't need a lot. And then you just gently wash off their body. Make sure you get in all the cracks and crevices so that there's no grime, or sweat, or left over milk left over that could cause some skin irritations. Then you want to gently lift your slippery baby out of the water, wrap them in a bath towel, and you're all done. Thanks for watching, I'm Christina Gavenda, and that's how you bathe your baby.

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