How do I Give my Baby a Top & Tail Wash?
We've already addressed the question of whether or not your baby needs a bath every night (read this post to find out) and when is the best time to give them that very first precious bath- read this post for our thoughts on that, too. We also promised you a really quick guide on how to do a top & tail wash for your baby, for those days in between bathtime, and for times when you just don't have time to fill the tub. Read on to find out our top tips for the top & tail wash.
How to do a top & tail wash
Here are our top tips for ensuring your top & tail wash goes as smoothly as possible:
- Make sure you and baby are relaxed. It makes no sense to start the whole process when either of you are stressed or upset. A top & tail wash can be a lovely bonding experience if you time it right.
- Wait at least an hour after feeding. Allow full tummies to settle before you move them around.
- Get everything ready before you start. We recommend a bowl of warm water and bamboo washcloths, a thermometer, a soft towel to lay baby on, a Cuddledry handsfree towel, items for a nappy change, items for a feed and a soft cushion or thick towel to kneel on. Make sure it's all to hand before you start.
- Check the temperature of the room- it needs to be warm enough otherwise your baby will get very cold very quickly!
When you're ready, lay baby on the soft towel on a safe surface and attach your Cuddledry handsfree towel around your neck. Use the poppers to secure it in place and you're good to go. Talk to your baby, maintaining eye contact and reassuring them as you go.
Start with your baby's face. Use a silky soft bamboo washcloth to gently clean the face, taking care to wipe from the nose outwards. Gently clean around your baby's ears , avoiding the inside. You might want to also gently wipe your baby's head and don't forget to clean under the chin too.
Next, strip baby down to just the nappy, and start to gently wash under the arms, chest and tummy. Keep talking to reassure!
Finally, remove baby's nappy and clean the area gently with the bamboo washcloth. Take care to clean around the umbilical stump (don't be afraid to gently wipe the area) and allow to air dry.
After the top & tail wash
Chances are, the whole top & tail wash will only take 5-10 minutes and if your baby protests it could be even quicker! When you're ready, gently lfit your baby into your arms and cuddle them into the handsfree towel. Use the one handed popper release to remove the apron style neck piece, then bring the bottom corner of the towel up so that the hood hooks over baby's head. lastly, wrap your baby in the towel and gently cuddle them dry.
When you're ready to dress your baby, lay them down on a safe surface to do so. When you put your baby's nappy on, fold it down a little at the front to allow the air to dry the umbilical stump area well before dressing.