As a first time mother, you will have a number of first experiences, and one of them will be giving your baby a bath. However, baths don’t necessarily mean just water or even water and bubbles. You’ll want to make sure that you adapt the bath to whatever your baby needs. By adding in certain ingredients, you can help the baby’s bath heal the baby and make him feel better.
Lavender Essential Oils
Lavender essential oils can be added to any baby’s bath. Just put a few drops into the water. It helps babies sleep, and it is also quite soothing. If your baby also struggles with dry skin, then you can add a capful of baby oil. Just make sure that you don’t leave your baby unattended in water with baby oil. Baby oil tends to coat the sides of the washtub, and that makes it extra slick.
Oatmeal and Epsom Salts
A soothing oatmeal and Epsom salts bath is just the ticket for a baby with diaper rash, baby eczema, or other similar problems. Oatmeal isn’t just good in diaper cake; it’s also good for the baby’s bath. To prepare an oatmeal and Epsom salts bath, you will want to take half a cup of crushed oatmeal, and mix it with two tablespoons of Epsom salts. Then sift it into the baby’s bath. You can buy prepared packages of the mix, but you can make it for less on your own. Let your baby play in the water for anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes for the greatest effect. The oatmeal and salts will take the sting out of the rash, and sterilize it at the same time. Don’t mix baby oil or other moisturizers in with the water, or you will make the oatmeal clump.
Warmed Coconut Oil
Coconut oil provides nourishment and soothing relief to dry skin, baby eczema, and even baby acne. However, to add it to your baby’s bath, you will need to warm the oil up slightly. Coconut oil exists in a semisolid state until warming. You don’t want to make it hot, though, or you will burn your baby. Approximately one tablespoon should be enough.
If your baby has gotten into poison ivy or been stung by a bee, one of the most soothing baths may be a baking soda bath. You can put a quarter of a cup of baking soda into the tepid bath water, and then bathe the infant as you normally would. For the maximum effect, though, you should make a paste of baking soda and water, and then apply it to the affected areas. Let the baking soda dry. Then let it wash off in the bath.
Your baby’s bath can do more than just get your baby clean. With the right ingredients, you can make it help heal and soothe your baby. Lavender essential oils, oatmeal and Epsom salts, warmed coconut oil, and baking soda all make excellent solutions for your baby’s bath, depending on your baby’s needs.