Bathing is a time of bonding, relaxation and sharing with your little one. It is not always known, but several methods exist for bathing your baby. Since recently, free swimming has attracted more and more young parents. Caroline Decré, nurse-child nurse, explains this technique to us.
- The origins of free bathing
- Free swim, from 2 months
- Free swimming in practice
- Safety rules for free swimming
- The 4 advantages of free swimming
Sometimes dreaded by young parents during the first days, just after birth, baby bathing is above all a moment of relaxation and sharing. Much more than a simple wash, this real “care” can be declined in different ways. Among those most in vogue: the free bath, accessible to all parents.
The origins of free bathing
Difficult to determine the exact origin. To believe, Caroline Decré, nurse-nursery nurse, who experienced it herself when she was little, before adopting it later as a young mother: ” free bath is common sense and has existed for many Trade always tends to create need where there is none. The deckchairs and bath rings made parents forget that their little one could wade in the water safely! “. In the movement of free motor skills and a return to naturalness, free bathing, that is to say completely lying in the bathtub, has therefore reappeared.
Free swim, from 2 months
It’s all a question of timing. ” The free bath as of the exit of maternity has no interest for the child, it would be too anxiety-provoking. It suffices to observe a newborn baby, he constantly seeks contact,” limits “around He needs to be cocooned, the members grouped together in order to find the sensations in utero. The bath wrapped with a diaper is then much more suitable for this age “, assures the early childhood professional.
The free bath takes over, when the baby begins to move, become more toned and explore his environment, around 2 months. ” In itself, it is not the age that counts, but rather the observation that the parents of their child have .”
Clearly, the right time is above all, when you feel that your child is ready, and that you are too. Some parents do not start before 9 months … it does not matter! The main thing is to feel comfortable and respect the rhythm of your baby. The free bath must be a moment of pleasure for the parent, as for the child.
Free swimming in practice
Before launching, we make sure to heat the bathroom well , because your toddler will have half his body out of the water and he should not get cold. On the material side , the free bath can be practiced in a classic bathtub or a collapsible bathtub. But the top comfort remains a bathtub or a small inflatable swimming pool, the material being more flexible. The bottom is filled with water at 37 ° C. Depending on the size and size of the child, the water should reach the body, at the ear lobes (about 5 cm of water). The adult stands next to the baby. The latter is lying on the back at the bottom of the bathtub. Optionally, we place a hand on his belly to secure it at first.
The more your baby grows, the longer the bath can take several minutes. You have to go gradually, by observing it and above all by showing common sense. If your baby does not like free bathing, you should not force him.
For washing the body and hair : two options. Either soap your baby before entering the bath, then rinse him once in the water. Or soap it, then rinse it when it is in water.
However, the free bath can be practiced without necessarily going through the soaping step … just for fun! ” Babies do not need to be washed every day! On the contrary, it attacks their skin. Once every two to three days is enough ” recalls the nurse-child nurse.
Safety rules for free swimming
” There is no risk if the basic safety principle for a bath is respected: ALWAYS stay by the child’s side without taking his eyes off him. A non-slip mat or towel in the bottom of the bath is also recommended, “warns Caroline Decré.
Does your child turn around? Don’t panic, it means it’s toned enough to play on your stomach!
Be aware that you should also be wary of too much heat and energy loss, as toddlers cool faster. If the bath lasts, add hot water if necessary, and offer a skin-to-skin time after leaving the bath to warm it up.
Finally, remember to take everything you need for the bath before putting your baby in the water (soap, towel, change …).
The 4 advantages of free swimming
- No more back pain: the parent does not have to carry his baby at arm’s length while being folded over the water, because he is next to him;
- Your little one experiences the pleasure of water. He discovers all the possibilities of his body in the water, in total freedom and at his own pace;
- The parent is free to soap, observe, and even play with the baby;
- No unnecessary spending on equipment, nor waste of water. We do good to the planet and its wallet.