Newborn basics for every parent and caregiver, part two

Bath time can be one of the most dangerous. Make sure your Au Pair watches you the first time and then you can let her try the next time you give your newborn a bath so that you can instruct her on how to do it correctly and the importance of be vigilant and attentive. Even though your Au Pair comes to you with child care experience and may be certified to care for children under age two, she may have very little experience bathing infants and may need further instruction from the Host Family.

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Basic rule number two:  Be attentive at bath time

Bath time can be a wonderful bonding experience, but it also places your baby in a particularly vulnerable situation. “Since infants’ heads are heavier than their bodies, they can easily topple forward and become submerged in the water,” says Anita Chandra-Puri, pediatrician and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. “A baby can drown this way – even in only one inch of water. And it can happen very quickly.”

It’s crucial that you never leave your baby unattended in the bath. This means no stepping out of the room to grab a towel, no running to the front door to catch that delivery, and no becoming engrossed in your smart-phone. Set up all your supplies beforehand, keep your attention on your baby the entire time, and ignore any distractions until your baby is dried and diapered.



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