A sponge bath simply means using a wet cloth to wipe your little one down. When a baby is first born their skin is very delicate. There is a reason for the phrase, baby-soft. Sponge Baths are about the baby getting the proper care to keep them healthy, but they can also be a soothing and enjoyable experience for your baby. Usually crawling babies do not require regular full bath, hence are given sponge baths to maintain hygiene.
Giving a sponge bath to your baby can provide the same feeling of comfort and relaxation, especially if they aren’t ready for a full immersion bath quite yet. The care and attention that is all about the baby will be what counts the most.
How to give a Gentle and Calming Sponge Bath to your Baby:
- First, undress the baby -- cradling the head with one hand. Leave the diaper on (wash that area last). Wrap baby in a towel, exposing only those areas that you are washing.
- Using a baby bath sponge or washcloth, cleanse one area at a time. Start behind the ears, then move to the neck, elbows, knees, between fingers and toes. Pay attention to creases under the arms, behind the ears, around the neck.
- The hair comes toward the end of bath time so the baby doesn't get cold. While newborns don't have much hair, you can sponge the few wisps that are there. To avoid getting eyes wet, tip the head back just a little. There's no need for shampoo; just use water.
- Now it's time to remove the diaper and sponge baby's belly, bottom, and genitals.
- Gently pat the baby dry. Rubbing the skin will irritate it. It's done.
- Gently massage your baby with a moisturizing oil or a baby lotion.