Getting into a routine
(or something that loosely resembles one)
Baby’s first few weeks can be a bit of a blur but things get easier as you both settle in to it and getting into a routine can really help. Remember, routines are not an exact science and not having a “normal” pattern can actually be quite normal in the early days.
Nappy changing tips
Set up a changing area (or two)
It’s a good idea to have one upstairs and one downstairs to save you running up and down. While a changing table isn’t essential, it can spare your back so it’s probably worth the investment.
Keep all your supplies neat, organised and ready to go – you’ll be thankful when you’re dealing with an exploding nappy situation. Make sure to keep them within your reach and out of baby’s.
• A changing table / changing mat
• Nappies x lots of (Your newborn will get through up to 12 nappies a day so be prepared!)
• Kitchen Paper (This is better than tissue as it’s more absorbent.)
• Baby Wipes (Make sure they’re suitable for baby’s delicate skin.)
• Water & Cotton Wool
• Barrier Cream
• Nappy Bags
It may sound obvious but, even if your baby isn’t rolling yet, make sure to always keep your hand on them on the changing table. Keep everything nearby or enlist older children to go and get what you need.
Make it fun
Dealing with a wriggly baby during a nappy change can be messy so keep a few toys handy to keep them distracted. Nappy changes can be a good time to bond as you and baby are at eye level so make it fun - sing songs, play peek-a-boo and have a giggle together.
Bath time tips
When to bath them
Babies don’t get very dirty so there’s no need to bath them every day – a few times a week should be fine, as long as you’re “topping and tailing” them regularly. If they enjoy baths, they can be a nice part of their bedtime routine.
The bath is very big for a small baby - you might want to start by bathing them in a small tub or the sink until they get comfortable with it.
Keep bath products mild
Babies have very delicate skin so use the mildest shampoo and baby wash you can find. Look for non-coloured, non-perfumed products designed especially for babies and use them sparingly.
Test the water
Make sure the water’s warm but not too hot before you put baby in. The temperature should be between 37°C and 38°C, which is close to their body temperature. Test it with your elbow or wrist or use a bath thermometer if you want to be sure.
Keep everything you need close to hand
Gather everything you need before you start and don’t spend too long bathing them. Have a warm towel ready, as their body temperature drops quickly once you get them out.
Invest in some bath toys to make bath time fun. This will distract them while you’re trying to wash their hair and they’ll soon learn to love splashing about with their rubber ducks.