Bathing baby at night time or day time; which do you prefer?
Most parents (I included) find that giving our babies a bath before bedtime makes them more relaxed and helps to calm them down. I too prefer to take my showers at night just before bed as it relaxes my muscles after a long day at work.
Night time bathing definitely works for nearly everyone, babies, toddlers and adults alike.
But, what about day time?
Well, some parents prefer to bathe their babies during the day because it is convenient and practical for them.
Nonetheless, whether you prefer night time or day time, there are some things you must consider when it comes to bathing your baby, which we shall look at in this article.
Factors to consider when bathing baby at night time or day time
1). Avoid cold
The reason why some parents prefer day time over night time bathing is to avoid cold.
Babies can become cold very fast since they cannot regulate their own body temperature. So when there is a little sunshine, babies tend to enjoy their bath since it is warm.
If night time is more convenient for you, you shouldn’t worry about your baby getting cold if you make the room warm enough.
In both cases, always remember to use warm water for your baby’s bath.
Some parents use a bath thermometer to test the water but you can also go the traditional way of testing using your elbow. If the water feels hot to you, then it is not suitable for your baby.
2). Do not interfere with baby’s sleep
Creating a solid bedtime routine is very important for your baby.
Bathing is part of a bedtime routine for parents who prefer bathing their kids at night.
Babies get used to things that you do to them or with them before bedtime. However, if you skip one of these things, you may interrupt their schedule and even a chance to have a good night sleep.
So what do you do when you forget to bath your baby at the time she or he is used to?
It is very normal to get caught up with other things, like entertaining visitors and preparing dinner, and forget to follow through with your baby’s routine.
Therefore, if your baby falls asleep before their routine bath; professionals recommend that you should not wake them up for a bath. This can interfere with their sleep and rather than the bath helping them to relax and fall back asleep, it may actually awaken them.
3). Baby should not be hungry or too full
Although you can bath your baby any time of the day, it is recommended that you do not bath them when they are hungry or immediately after a feed.
A hungry baby or one who is too full will not respond well to the stimulation of a bath. In fact, it may be extremely difficult for you since the baby might cry uncontrollably through the bath.
4). No need for soap every time
First, the type of soap you use to bath your baby is very important. Some soaps can dry out the skin while scented ones may cause blocked nose or skin reactions.
So you should be careful when choosing a bath soap for your baby. In most cases, unscented bar soap is considered more suitable.
While you should use an unscented soap meant for sensitive skin, there is no need to use soap every bath time. Warm water with a soft washcloth can help to clean the baby.
However, if your area has hard water, a mild liquid cleanser can work best because using water-only may dry out the baby’s skin.
FAQ about bathing baby at night
Q. When to start bathing baby every night
In most cases, your baby will get his or her first bath at the hospital.
Once you get home, it is up to you regarding when to start bathing your baby at night. You can start immediately you get home or wait for a day or two depending on how you will schedule your baby’s bath time.
As we have seen earlier, the best bathing time depends on your convenience. If you are too busy during the day, then bathing at night should work just fine.
Q. How often to bath baby?
According to Mayoclinic.org, it is not necessary to bath a baby (particularly a newborn) every day. This is because too much bathing dries out the baby’s skin and cause skin problems such as eczema.
Bathing three times a week is enough for a baby. Just make sure you pay special attention to the neck and face after each feeding and diaper area during diaper changes.
Q. Where to bath baby?
Where to bath your baby mainly depends on your comfort. You can use the kitchen sink, your bath tub, or baby’s bath tub.
For many years, the kitchen sink was a favorite among most parents.
However, times have changed. Parents no longer have to place their babies directly into the sink because specially designed plastic and foam tubs have been introduced.
These tubs give the baby a more secure surface for support during a bath. Also, if you are recovering from delivery, you can place the tub on a raised surface so that you do not have to bend.
The best time to bath your baby is entirely up to you. You may find it convenient bathing baby at night while another parent may prefer day time. You do not have to wash your baby every day rather 3 times a week is enough for a newborn to prevent drying of the skin. In addition, unless you live in a hard water area, it is not necessary to use soap every time you give your baby a bath. Water-only baths every other day work great if you live in a soft water area.