To celebrate world wide bubble bath day I thought I would take this opportunity to write a about the importance of bath time, how we can make it fun for those a little scared and also some safety tips for us nervous first time mums!
THE IMPORTANCE OF BATH TIME
Studies have shown on average bath time is about 23 minutes. This is quite a long time and really only needs to be around 5-10 minutes. I would recommend no longer as the longer bath time is the more toys that get thrown in, the more water is splashed about and more excitement is built up. It’s time for calm and wind down, not too much hyped up excitement.
Bath time marks the end of the day and the start of bedtime routine. It is the start of calming down and relaxing. It also is perfect at the end of the day because your child’s body needs to have a dip in temperature in order to prepare for sleep and for the sleepy hormone melatonin to get ready to be released. A warm bath also gives a little extra boost of this sleepy hormone which is why I would always recommend to have a bath at the end of the day.
It is a great time to encourage your little one to wash themselves, their face body, hair. This will give them a feeling of self-control and self-satisfaction they are doing something for themselves, something they are controlling.
MY TOP TIPS ON KEEPING BATH TIME SAFE
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU BATHE YOUR CHILD?
A new-born should not have a first bath until at least 10-14 days old. They are born with natural oils that do need to be washed off right away. Of course you can wipe down there hair if it is particular dirty after birth and obviously if there has been a nappy explosion!
As your baby grows, unless they have been rolling around in the mud you only need to bath every 2-3 days because they are not going to be that dirty, until weaning…learning to eat can be a messy game so you may find a bath most nights is inevitable!
So there we have bath time, now it’s time to pop your baby down for a good night’s sleep….
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Happy sleeping everyone,
Your Paediatric Sleep Consultant