How much bathing does an infant really need? Well, he's not doing a whole lot right now that will make him so very dirty. Start with sponge baths until his umbilical cord falls off. During his first year, his little messes will stem from soiled diapers, dribbles or food and formula mishaps. If you keep his face, hands and bottom consistently clean, bathing him once every two or three days may be all that's necessary. In fact, bathing an infant too often can dry his skin. What can you do to make bathtime easier? Prepare. Prepare. Prepare!
Bathing time can also become special time of bonding for parents and baby. Baby does not require a daily bath during the first year of life. Bathing an infant more than thrice a week can cause infant’s skin to dry out, as per the American Academy of Pediatrics. For baby’s health, maintaining cleanliness is really very important. Bathing creates a special bond between child and mother. Moreover, it is a time when mother actually talk, sing and play with her child. Get everything ready before you start bathing your child. Before bathing a baby, you will require the following items:
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends on its website bathing an infant three times a week or less, and applying a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic moisturizing lotion immediately after the bath to help keep the skin from drying out.