Bathing is important in maintaining the health of your baby’s skin by keeping it soft and smooth. As a baby’s skin is so soft and delicate, it’s important to choose the right products for bath time. After all, this specials time between you and your baby should not be compromised by products that could irritate their skin.
Bathing your baby
Bathing is important in maintaining the health of your baby’s skin by keeping it soft and smooth. As a baby’s skin is so soft and delicate, it’s important to choose the right products for bath time. After all, this special time between you and your baby should not be compromised by products that could irritate their skin.
Step by step guide to bathing your baby
Place bath in a warm room and at a height that is comfortable for you. A non-slip mat at the bottom of the tub will help stop a baby from slipping. Babies’ skin can be very slippery when wet!
Fill the bath with warm water – test the water with inside of your wrist or elbow. Lukewarm water is best. Add QV Baby Bath Oil, as directed on pack, to gently cleanse and moisturise your baby’s delicate skin.
Lower baby carefully into the water. For newborns, cradle your child’s head and neck in your hand. Firmly support your baby the whole time and never leave your baby alone in the bath.
Swish water gently over your baby’s body throughout the bath to help keep them warm. Take care to avoid getting water into your baby’s mouth and eyes. Talk to your baby in a soothing, relaxing tone.
Gently sponge baby’s face and body with a washcloth, patting and rubbing gently. Take care with the ears and eyes. If extra cleansing is required, QV Baby Gentle Wash can be added to your baby’s sponge.
Afterwards, wrap your baby in a clean soft towel, dry thoroughly and apply QV Baby Moisturising Cream and QV Baby Nappy Cream. These form a protective barrier to help lock in moisture.
A great way to strengthen the bond between you and baby is to gently massage while moisturising baby’s skin. Use a rich moisturiser and relax and enjoy these special moments..
Massaging your baby
As a parent, touch is one of the main ways we can communicate with our baby. Baby massage is a great way to form a bond between you and your baby. It also has many other benefits like helping them to develop healthy sleep patterns, improving circulation and aiding digestive function1. Massage can last as long as you and your baby are comfortable and happy, so just relax and try not to watch the clock during this time 2. Most importantly enjoy the special bonding experience and be assured you’re helping to nurture a happy baby.
Step by step guide to massaging your baby
Find a quiet time and space each day to perform baby massage.
Before beginning a massage, baby should be making eye contact showing you that they are ready to receive massage.
To perform massage, use a high quality moisturiser such as QV Baby Moisturising Cream or QV Baby Skin Lotion to help protect delicate skin and moisturise for 24 hours.
Baby massage should begin on the legs and move to the buttocks, abdomen, chest, arms, face, head and then the back.
Baby Centre: Massaging your baby [Internet] 2016 [updated 2014 May; cited 2016 February 10]. Available from: http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1042915/massaging-your-baby
Infant Massage Information Services [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2016 February 2]. Available from: http://www.babymassage.net.au/getting-started.html
As parents, we love our babies and every aspect of parenthood. Apply QV Baby Nappy Cream to help protect baby’s soft bottom against irritation.
Wearing a wet or dirty nappy for too long can irritate your child’s delicate skin. It is usually triggered by prolonged dampness, friction and ammonia substances released from urine. Other contributors to redness and irritation in the nappy area can be due to chemicals in washing detergents, soaps, baby wipes, certain foods, medicine and teething. Early measures are best to prevent further irritation.
Change nappies frequently to ensure soiled nappies are not left in contact with the skin for too long OR prolonged periods. Cleanse the nappy area at each nappy change with a soap free wash and dry it thoroughly. Use a protective nappy cream or lotion at nappy change time to help sooth irritation and prevent reoccurring. Try to leave the nappy off for periods of time to allow the skin to breathe.