Thursday, April 7, 2011

How to Bathe Your Preemie

When it's time to welcome home your sweet new baby to your family, a lot of adjustments will need to be made, especially if the newborn is a preemie!  So many questions have probably flooded your mind, questions like: "what should the thermostat be set at (if it's in the colder months)? Or, "what kinds of cleaning products are safe to use around the house with a preemie?". These are all excellent questions and ones that may be answered by your child's pediatrician. 

Though some of the questions do relate to the health of your preemie, what about the questions that deal directly with your preemie like; "How do I bathe my preemie?"  Here are a few detailed tips for how to bathe your preemie effectively but safely according to Meriter.com.

How to bathe your preemie

  • Always find a warm place in your home to bathe and be sure to have these supplies: Baby bathtub, towel, two washcloths, a very mild soap and baby shampoo, new diaper, clean clothes and a blanket.

  • The bathtub should be filled with warm water.  Be sure to feel it to make sure it is not too hot.

  • While washing your preemie's face, make sure your baby is covered to avoid chills. 

  • Clean your preemie's outer ears and ear folds with a washcloth.

  • To wash your preemie's head, keep him covered and hold his little head in a football hold and gently wash with shampoo.

  • Remove your baby's clothing and diaper to begin bathing his whole body.  Wash the diaper area first before placing your preemie in the baby tub.  It is also recommended to keep your infant covered and safely positioned in the bathtub if he is having a hard time with the bath itself.  Going in stages may be helpful.

  • If possible, have someone help you wash your baby, since doing it alone can be difficult and risky.

  • After drying off your preemie, dress him in a clean diaper and clothing, then bundle your sweet baby.


*Oils and lotions are not recommended for preemies.

If you are a parent of a preemie, do you have any concerns about bathing?  If so, please feel free to share with us.  Or, maybe you have some helpful tips that are not listed above.  We would love to hear from you.

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Source: Meriter

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