During the whole period of my pregnancy I was reading heaps and heaps of articles about motherhood. The most intricate issue for me was the process of bathing yor child for the first time. In theory, it seemed ok, in practice, not so much…
Our daughter was so tiny – as many newborn babies are – and so unpredictable. We had no clue as to how she was going to behave in her tiny bath, My mother advised me to bathe the baby wrapped in a piece of a soft cotton cloth – it might have helped the baby and made her more comfortable. I was however eager to try our big bathtub so that we could get our baby accustomed to swimming in it. I had been shown the main techniques at my pregnancy classes before. Now I was eager to try them… but still petrified!
So, in the end we went for a small plastic bath, covered its bottom with a foam rubber mattress and before starting to bath our daughter, we made sure that all the necessary ‘tools’ were at hand, including warm water, towels and so on. We decided against shampoos and soaps, the baby is too small to be dirty! We did not use cooled boiled water as many paediatricians recommend, but we poured filtered tap water into the bath. We made it warm enough and touched it with our elbows to check its temperature.
After reading so much about babies you get a bit paranoid. So we had a chat and decided that we will give her a bath and try to stimulate her blood circulation and relax her in the water.
And so the process started… It appeared to be an enjoyable one. Lots of love in your motions, tenderness of parents` voices and our baby’s full attention. Wasn’t disastrous or frightening after all! We all had fun and giggled a bit. Our next bath time was simple fun.