07 February 2010

Michael’s First Bath

We don’t bath our newborns very often in the beginning.  Since they are born in water, their first bath won’t be before they are 5 - 6 days old.  All the vernix that cover the skin and which is the best ‘cream’ you will ever find, can then been absorbed and prevents a dry skin.
On Wednesday night 22h00 we gave Michael his first bath.  The house was quiet and peaceful, we dimmed the lights and introduced him to his first bath.  Since our 3rd baby, Josua, our newborn babies bath with either me or Christo in the big bath.  They don’t get a fright of being all alone in the water and it is a special time of bonding between baby and especially dad, who is working all day and only have a little time with our newborn baby!

We don’t wash them with all kinds of baby shampoo’s and baby lotions.  We only use a white unscented  tea tree soap, to wash their bodies and hair.  With the first bath we don’t even wash them with soap, we just let them get used to the water and being without clothes.  We also dissolve 2 cups of Epson salts in the bath.  It is excellent to sooth the muscles (and for us woman an amazing tonic for the hair, leaving your hair bouncy and shiny) You will most probably still remember how newborns, when they are in the water with nothing to cover their body, throw their arms in the air and start crying because of the ‘unsafe emptiness’ which they are not used too. So I wrapped Michael in a cloth nappy 

and put him in his Dad’s arms, who carefully emerged him into the water.  While I gave him to his dad in the bath, I gave him my pinkie finger, to suck on.  Your pinkie finger is an excellent dummy! (Make sure your nail is trimmed short) Not one of my babies ever had a dummy, their dummy is either my breast or my pinkie.  This keeps me attached to my baby and I save myself the trouble to get them off a dummy sometime in the future.

Michael enjoyed his first bath soooo much! He didn’t even cry once! He just laid in his daddy’s safe arms and almost fell asleep of the warm, soothing water.  Just before we took him out of the water, we slowly let the cloth nappy drop from his body in the water and then I wrapped him in his towel, as Daddy hands him over to me. 

My babies normally don’t want to get out of the water and only then start to cry.  Then my pinkie finger is ready again to sooth him.

This is how we bath our newborns!  No pain, no fuss.


AutumnVine said...

Dis nou "hemel op aarde" vir enige baba. So 'n swart koppie wat hy het, lyk vir my so vreemd, maar so mooi.
Ek gaan die Epson probeer.

AutumnVine said...

Dis so goed om hulp te hê en twee te wees. Ek het my babas gebad in die dag saam met my en dan die babadadjie langs die bad gesit. Daarin kom dan 'n paar handdoeke. Baba word uitgetrek tot by doek en in handdoek toegedraai. Ek klim in die bad en vat baba, haal doek af en in die bad. Heerlik, rustig.
Wanneer ons klaar is, word hy in die badjie terug gesit en met handdoeke toegemaak. So kan ek dan afdroog en aantrek en dan baba aantrek.
So bly om te sien ander ouers doen ook so iets soortgelyks.
Geniet jul kleinding!!

Linnie said...

Hallo Esther
Ja, ek verlustig my in sy genieting van 'n bad!
Ek myself bad nooit meer sonder epson sout nie, doen werklik wonders vir jou liggaam, vel en hare!
Geseende week vir jou.

Nella said...

Ek is mal oor die laaste foto! Daardie vet armpies is te pragtig - dit maak eintlik sulke voue! Hy is opvreetbaar pragtig!
Ek sal uitkyk vir my pakkie - baie dankie!

Sonja said...

Linnie ,Michael lyk te skatlik! Die bad-idee klink wonderlik!

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Linnie said...

Hi Lucy
Welcome on my blog and thank you for taking the time to comment.

Michelle said...

Hi tannie Lynnie, wil net weet waar kry julle die white unscented tea tree seep. Ek wil dit ook graag probeer. Geniet jou blogs vreeslik baie.

Linnie said...

Hallo Michelle, dit is 'n Thursday Plantation produk. Jy kan dit by ons gesondheidswinkel in Durbanville kry - Eirene Health Shop - jy is mos hier in die Kaap se omgewing.

Michelle said...

Ag skuus tannie. Ek het al lankal die comment gesien maar bly vergeet om te reply. As ons weer in die Kaap is sal ons kom inloer en die seep kry, baie dankie. Lekker aandjie verder.

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