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Handle the baby like shown in the picture to prevent soapy and slippery baby from slipping off your grip. Your left hand must grab the baby's left hand from the armpit and remain there until washing is done. The right hand does all the soaping and pouring of water. Even if bathing baby in the sink, grab armpit plus arm with left hand and do not release that grip.
I refuse to show him in swim suit(: with diaper is ok.
 STEPS ON HOW TO BATHE A NEWBORN BABY:

  1. Get a low stool to sit on. The bed in baby's room is low enough reason I didn't use the stool. If you prefer to stand while giving the bath, then place items on the dining table. I won't advise Nigerian moms to bathe babies in the kitchen sink cos we cook with a lot of pepper, palm oil and all.
  2. Ensure the room is well lit, close doors and windows to keep room temperature warm.
  3. Arrange baby wears, towels... large and small, sponge and baby soap, diapers, combs, cream or oil, baby shampoo, hair cream, dettol, cotton buds, bucket of warm water, hot water flask, cotton wool, methylated spirit and other items you'll need, vaseline or sheabutter or whichever you use. I started with sheabutter but changed to vaseline after we got admitted for jaundice.
  4. Check to see that everything is at arms length, if your baby is the type that cries hunger while bathing, try to breastfeed before undressing.
  5. Place the big towel on your thighs cos this is where baby will be put immediately after the bath.
  6. Undress the baby, grab as shown in the first picture and proceed with giving the bath.
  7.  I start with shampooing hair, then wiping the face with face towel, soaping the neck, armpits and whole body then finally washing with clean water from the bucket. 
  8. For the cord, I just make the remaining bath water a bit warmer, soak a clean face towel in there a hold above the navel while the warm water pours in there or I use the scoop. A few times though, I put both legs across the baby bath tub, still grabbing baby as shown, I place on my thighs while pouring the water on the navel. After this, wiping with methylated spirit and clean cotton wool is mandatory.
  9. Sometimes though, I start with washing his legs and end with shampooing hair before the navel. 
  10. Baby's genitals do not need any special douching and scrubbing please, for a baby girl, just gently wipe with the bath face towel and that's all.
  11. All those massages may not be necessary cos baby's body is still forming and growing and will definitelyn take shape as the baby grows older. Nigerian mothers, please let's stop all those painful massages while bathing our babies, we can't change the shape and stature.
  12. When satisfied, remove baby from bath water and place on the towel you had spread over your thighs and immediately start wiping water off with a towel.
  13. Cream or put oil on the tender baby's skin ASAP so you put an under wear on before completing the processes of wiping ears, navel and wearing diapers. New babies' catch cold easily reason I proceed to cover the chest with at least an under wear before completing the baby bathing process.
  14. Clean navel very well with your cotton wool and spirit before wearing diapers. 
  15. Oil baby's hair with a little oil if you like.
  16. Comb the hair with an appropriate comb, if your baby is very hairy like my boy, use an afro comb specially kept for baby's hair. If baby begins to cry while combing then check the size of that comb.
  17. Complete the dressing and by this time baby should be sleeping.
  18. You can now relax and put sleeping baby to rest.

Arrange baby bath items, everything you'll need before undressing the baby. This pic should have come first. My camera is giving a wrong date o, no mind am. maybe date of manufacture, I don't know but just turned it off since I can't set it right abeg.
Well, this is how I bathe my babies. Different mothers may have different methods.
This post is dedicated to our readers and first time moms who have no mother or mother inlaw to come do the "omugwo" (Care given to new moms and babies soon after delivery until the baby is about bthree months old) job after baby is born. I have seen new moms making arrangements with friends and church members and even elderly neighbours to help with bathing the baby and truth of the matter is that most times when other people bathe our babies, we are not really impressed; It's either we think the bath water is too hot or not hot enough, the massage is too vigorous for a tender baby, too much powder on baby's skin , not enough cream, bathing took too long thereby exposing baby to cold and I can go on and on and on. What if you learnt to bathe your baby yourself and
do just what you want cos honestly some baby bathers can be stubborn imposing their methods on you and YOUR baby while ignoring your concerns.
*Check out wives connection list of 10 must have baby items for new mothers.
My items for giving a baby bath. The bath thermometer reads the water temperature. 36 or 37 degrees centigrade is fine for my baby. You can also pour some water on your wrist to test hotness.
Bathing a new born is a major challenge to most new moms not only first timers. A new born is so tender that you'll think any movement can break her bones.

Baby was upto two months when it occured to me that first time moms will need this lecture.  I will write down the steps here for us.

Mothers please share your own baby bathing tips with us.

Mothers, Any questions? Ask now that I still have a baby to 'experiment' with and give us 

genuine answers:)

Comments

  1. Anonymous6/28/2014

    Bookmarked! Thank you.

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    1. Thank you too for bookmarking(:

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  2. I feel more comfortable putting my leg across the babies bath tub sitting on a small stool putting the baby on my laps and getting every thing ready.

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    1. If is a girl,use the thumb of ur finger and collect vaseline(without perfume)and massage her clitoris for it to go down and always rub vaseline round the unblical cord after cleaning with spirit.

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    2. Anonymous6/29/2014

      Madam Able Mom, which one be massage clitoris? To go down to where? Naija mums I hail una!

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    3. Anonymous6/29/2014

      Honestly me I don't understand the massaging of clitoris. Even the thought of it its ridiculous. I'm sure her great grandmother taught her these outdated methods. Please don't injure your daughter please.

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    4. @Able Mom, please leave your baby's clitoris alone oooo, it's perfect the way nature made it:)

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    5. The way some of us Nigerian moms massage babiesn during bath is the reason they cry and scream and we think it's normal? Babies should enjoy their baths and even play while bathing and not scream.

      You know I feel sorry for some babies cos they cry loudest while having a bath and when you ask mom, she tells you " oh we were giving her her morning bath".
      If water temperature is OK, bath is gentle, most babies won't cry at all.

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    6. Yes Able mom, I place my feet across the bathtub too sometimes, especially when baby is still very very tender. I sit on one low stool, place another stool across where my ankles can rest. After the first few weeks or when the cord drops, I start putting baby inside the bath.

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    7. Hmm,as in eeh u people don't know u help the cli go down,anyways I guess some babys own is always down but some are not,I do press mine down gently if u will not misunderstand me,do u people know that some girls don't wear pant cos when they do their Cli will be touching it,I know one who is passing through it when I was a student but if they don't tell u _ u will not know.

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  3. Anonymous6/28/2014

    thanks for the post, I was wondering if you can do one on pregnancy? I have a child and pregnant for the second but people come with all sorts of stories ans superstitions that I don't really know what to say anymore

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    1. Ok, is it on superstitions surrounding pregnancy?

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  4. Anonymous6/28/2014

    Aunty Eya thanks 4 this post. My mum dislocated her hand and I'm almost due. I've bin wondering how I'm going to bath baby. Mrs M

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    1. @Mrs M, sorry about your Mom's hand, she'll be fine Ok?
      We thank God for making it possible. If you have any questions you can ask.

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  5. Anonymous6/28/2014

    Aunty Eya thanks 4 this post. My mum dislocated her hand and I'm almost due. I've bin wondering how I'm going to bath baby. Mrs M

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  6. Anonymous6/28/2014

    Aunty Eya I'm a ftm and I've checked the 10 items but how many of them do I need? Like the onsies and blankets socks, caps, mittens,and all. Pls let me know cos I don't really want to spend too much money buying stuff baby might not even wear b4 out growing them. Thanks Mrs M

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    1. You need all BUT the quantity, just buy very few of every item for now. When baby arrives, you'll know what you need most, the quatity you need to increase, the sizes to upgrade or degrade to.
      If you have someone that can help do shopping or deliver for you, then don't worry cos immediately after birth you can send for more or get them delivered.
      I didn't bother buying much while pregnant o. As soon as we got home from the hospital, I called the baby items seller who came immediately with her mobile shop where I picked everything I needed. If your seller does home delivery and if you shop from one person, she'll take back everything you don't need and replace with the ones you now need. I don't know if all sellers do that.

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    2. Anonymous6/29/2014

      Aunty Eya I've washed all the things I bought so refunding them won't be possible. They say it's advisable to wash baby clothes b4 wearing them. Mrs M

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    3. Oh dear, Sorry you washed everything all at once,

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  7. Moncherie6/29/2014

    Thx for dis post. Having my 2nd baby soon nd i jus moved to d states, been racking my head hard on aw to bath a new born as both granma r nt near. Dis definetely goes a long way for me . God bless u

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    1. Thank you Moncherie. I'ts something you can comfortably do. My mother arrived after three days. I did all the cleaning and bathing of my first girl for the first three days.

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  8. Anonymous6/29/2014

    Hi guys. Sorry to deviate. But I'm looking for a very good salon in Ibadan. Please if you know any, kindly drop the name and address. Thanks

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  9. Anonymous6/29/2014

    Hi anon 2:43am I knw of sm1 in ibadan who does hair well,07064280666 Biola she fixes well...

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  10. Nice post aunty Eya. I always find it easier standing to bath my babies. So I use a foldable baby bath stand in front of the bathroom sink. Then i place the box of baby toiletries in the sink.

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    1. @ Lizzy, standing to bathe sounds good. You don't have to keep long hair in place with a hair net like when you sit.

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  11. I hear some grandmas actually bend, flex and squeeze joints while giving baby a bath. I won't allow that. What is wrong with baby's joints? Joints need no massage as baby is still growing and changing. Some massage the head. Truth is that the head changed shapoe to let baby pass through the birth canal and will definitely adjust itself. For some babies it takes longer to adjust but doesn't require any massage o.
    Well that's me sha.
    Babies don't cry when I bathe them maybe because I don't massage. For babies three months up, we even play along while enjoying the bath.

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    1. Anonymous6/30/2014

      Madam I dnt agree wif u. Dnt massage ur babies head and it wil. Av ogor.

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    2. My dear, a head that will have ogor eh, if you like use hammer, that ogor will still appear.

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  12. Anonymous6/29/2014

    thank ma for this post. I am a first time mom in my 8 months this will sure help me. but ma u said u stopped using Shea butter cos of jaundice? does shea butter causes that? and also is it true Shea butter darkens baby skin? and also what brand of good baby oil will u advice 4 us? thanks.

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    1. Thanks Anon dear, yes I stopped using sheabutter when the Doctor advised we stop using anything that contains camphor and I don't know much about sheabutter so... better to err on the side of caution. I don't think it darkens babies but it might not make them as fair as some lotions do.
      If you are not sure, use your baby oil na. I use unscented vaseline, lolz. All genuine baby products are ok even though sometimes you have to change like two trhree times to get what suit your baby's skin. Problem is when you unknowingly buy fake or adulterated products.

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    2. Vaseline is good on my baby's skin. I'm going to upload a recent photo of me and him taken just four days ago. Uploading it to this post now.

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    3. Couldn't upload here. It's posted as a blog post: Re: Photos, my baby's sheabutter/Vaseline skin.

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    4. Re: Photos
      , Bathing A Baby, My Baby's Sheabutter/Vaseline Skin.

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  13. Anonymous6/29/2014

    pls madam does Shea butter causes jaundice in babies?

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    1. No it doesn't. I stopped cos I didn't really know what to do when Doctor said 'DON'T USE MENTHOLATUM OR ANY CAMPHOR CONTAINING PRODUCT ON NEWBORN BABY BOYS, LOL

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  14. Anonymous6/29/2014

    thank u very much ma. may God bless your family.I was going for Johnson baby products, just wanted your experienced advice.

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  15. mrs anon6/29/2014

    Great post. Eya what's the dettol for? Cos I don't use it.

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    1. I add a few drops to his bath water.

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    2. Anonymous7/01/2014

      Where I live d doctors and nurses do not advice d use of dettol on babies. ..Eya read d label nxt time before u use it on ur baby and thank me later

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    3. Ok, thank you, I know dear. I just drop like two to three drops cos I don't think I truly trust the water. Thanks, I won't drop anymore.

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    4. Anonymous7/02/2014

      Instructions don't say we shouldn't use on babies.

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    5. You are right dear but research findings are coming out daily you know.

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  16. Yummy Mom6/30/2014

    Eya , I like this bath tub, looks like it has singing buttons to soothe baby while bathing. What's the make please cause I'm planning to get my baby items this weekend.

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  17. Anonymous6/30/2014

    Aunty eya pls I use sher butter on ma baby's skin (ori as igbos call it) and his glowing and I also use baby metholiton under his cold feet and sides Buh little qty,pls is anything wrong wit dat?

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    1. I used to apply mentholatum too on cold feet and sides, sometimes chest too but stopped. Mothers are advised against the use of mentholattum on babies cos it contains camphor.

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  18. Anonymous6/30/2014

    Aunty eya pls I use sher butter on ma baby's skin (ori as igbos call it) and his glowing and I also use baby metholiton under his cold feet and sides Buh little qty,pls is anything wrong wit dat?

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    1. No nothing wrong, but, if it's a baby boy, Doctors advise that menthol might not be good for them at that age because it contains camphor. Camphor containing substances should never be used on newborn baby boys because they can cause jaundice. Telling you from experience, the Doctors warned me after we spent about two weeks in Intensive Care with my bay under the lights to clear of that jaundice. I had to throw away the bottles of mentholatum and robb I had then and disposed of every camphor around. For baby girls I think there's no problem.

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  19. Anonymous6/30/2014

    It's advised here abroad not to use any methylated ointment on newborns or any cream that has camphor. Camphor is dangerous to babies that are g6pd deficient. It leads to hemolytic anaemia that causes jaundice when excess red blood cells are destroyed.

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    1. Thanks Anon, what you typed here is exactly what the Doctors said when we had jaundice. , one Doctor even said that the mentholatum is what caused my baby's jaundice cos I used to like rub a little on my pinky and press on babies' rectum when their stool is hard and it worked like magic.
      As soon as we got home, I disposed of everything containing camphor. God will continue to help us.

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  20. Anonymous7/02/2014

    Nice one ma. Pls help us to post different baby friendly recipes from 6months. Baby friendly was so easy. All I had 2 do was breastfeed. ΒƱ† now that we are 6months old Ȋ̊†̥ gets harder. Thanks ma
    Vicky.

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    1. Ok, Vicky, follow this link to find over a dozen baby friendly recipes you can give your baby at that age or even less:http://www.wivestownhallconnection.com/2013/04/pictures-how-to-prepare-soybeans-powder.html

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  21. A baby bathtub is not really necessary. I didn't use mine for long before we started using the bathtub in the bathroom. You can comfortably bathe your newborn in a bathtub or sink.

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  22. Anonymous9/30/2017

    Nice one ma. But Able Mum is correct concerning the clit. . my cousin's clit bulges out too much,even while standing, and looks disgusting after sex. She told me about the sex part though , lol

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