will only want to give baths to children when parents ask you to do
it. You may want to ask the parents to let you come and see how they
do it before babysitting their children. Make sure you know where
they keep all of the bath supplies.
When bathing a baby, you will want to follow these simple steps:
- Put the baby in a safe place while you gather everything you
- Use your elbow to test the bath water before putting the baby
in. The water should feel lukewarm, not hot. Babies can be badly
burned if the water is too hot. You will only need four or five
inches of water in the tub.
- Smile and talk to the baby while you undress him. Support his
head and shoulders if he can't sit up yet. Slowly lower him into
the water. Place him into a bath safety seat if he can sit up. Never let goalways keep one hand on
the baby. Continue talking and smiling.
- Use your free hand to gently soap the baby. Use a small amount
- Don't put soap on his head or face. Just use a damp cloth to
wash his face.
- Rinse the soap off the rest of his body.
- Carefully lift the baby out of the water and wrap him in a towel
so he won't get cold. Dry him off and apply lotion or powder,
as directed by the parents.
- Diaper and dress him.
If you are uncomfortable giving a baby a tub bath, give a sponge
bath instead. It's also good when a baby has a messy bowel movement.
- Undress the baby and wrap him in a towel.
- Lay him on a flat surface beside the water you are using.
- Never let goalways keep one hand
on the baby.
- Wash and dry one part of his body at a time with warm water.
- When done, diaper and dress the baby.
- Clean up the area later while he is napping.
When bathing or changing a baby, never leave the
baby alone for even a few seconds!
bathing older children, you will want to make sure that they sit
still in the tub. Children can slip and fall if they are standing
or moving around. You will need to help young children in cleaning
themselves and in washing their hair. Be careful not to get shampoo
in their eyes while rinsing their hair. Never leave a child in the
bathtub for any reason! Children have been known to drown in only
a couple inches of water.
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