Don’t throw the baby out with the bath tub!

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Bath time is one of the more pleasurable experiences of bringing up baby. Most babies love the water and you can literally see them calming down and enjoying the water . When I became a mother all those years ago there was only ONE way to bathe baby – on your legs or on your grannie’s legs or on your bai’s legs.

Bathing a baby is very important because even though baby just lies in bed all day, bathing sets some kind of routine. Normally babies sleep well after a bath and this is the time to catch up on stuff that needs to be caught up with.

Since Keshav is a new age baby of new age parents there was no question of having a bai to bathe him as there was no bai to begin with. There was also no question of bathing him the Indian way. Actually this was not a conscious decision – it was something that happened just by default. On the first day at the hospital the nurses bathed him in a bath tub and told us that this was how we should bathe the baby. For six weeks we diligently gave him a bath in the tub but of late I found that he was getting larger and wigglier. It was getting increasingly difficult and tricky to manoeuvre him in the bath tub so the options were :

I preferred the second option as I feel you get a better grip on baby. And today I felt he really enjoyed his bath!

Some tips on bathing Indian style :

  • make sure that your own legs are clean!
  • sit firmly on the bathroom floor which should also be clean!
  • ensure that there is no draft ( close the windows and doors)
  • ensure that the temperature of the water is comfortable
  • have a sponge and mug handy to gently pour water on the baby
  • make sure to cover his head while pouring water so that nothing gets into the eyes, ears or nose
  • NEVER bathe baby alone – always have an assistant on hand
  • keep the towel ready and hand over the baby carefully to the assistant
  • DO NOT attempt to get up with the baby, you will definitely fall!
  • make sure that everything is on hand – the soap, the towel and the clothes the baby is going to wear

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