A company has revealed how often you should actually be bathing your newborn baby, and it's not what parents expected!
Read on to find out exactly what you should be doing...
Now, we all know how hard it is to look after a newborn baby...
Especially when you're a first time parent!
Of course, that unconditional love makes it all worth it...
But caring for a newborn is an unbelievably daunting and time-consuming task.
Who is she??
Yep, all of us parents have experienced those "clueless" first months with our babies...
But it's simply a part of the learning curve of becoming a great mom or dad.
We learn how to change diapers, how to burp them, how often to feed them...
And of course, how to bathe our babies properly.
There's actually a specific number of times we should be bathing our babies, according to experts.
And it's certainly gotten parents talking...
And sharing their own experiences in bathing their newborns.
So, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), newborn babies should get their first bath around twenty-four hours after birth.
The delay might decrease the risk of hypothermia and hypoglycemia, contribute to breastfeeding success, and moisturize the skin.
Stick with sponge baths until after their umbilical cord stump falls off—usually within a couple of weeks after birth.
The AAP recommends bathing a baby 3 times a week until their first birthday.
"Obviously there are unique messes that babies can find themselves in as they get older and more mobile that may require an extra bath from time to time," says Dr. Scott Grant, M.D., MPH, FAAP, at Detroit Medical Center's Children's Hospital of Michigan.
"But in general, this rule is sufficient as long as the diaper area is cleaned appropriately at each diaper change
It's important to not over bathe your baby in the first year...
Because excess exposure to water can zap their skin of moisture and worsen conditions like eczema... and we really don't want that for our children.
"It's a delicate balance."
"The use of bath products, including lotions that contain dyes or fragrances, can react with babies' skin to make eczema worse even if there isn't a 'bath,'" Dr. Grant explained.
"Baby's skin is very delicate so when you do wash it, you should take care to use a product like JOHNSON'S Head-To-Toe Wash and Shampoo, which is an ultra-mild, gentle cleanser that's pediatrician-tested, hypoallergenic, and made without parabens, phthalates, sulfates or dyes."
So there you have it!
Raising a child is a learning curve but as any new parent will agree, we'll take all the expert advice that we can get!
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