Surely a baby is less fragile than one might think; however, any caress or touch must be gentle and carefully executed. Changing the diaper, bathing, massaging and caring for the baby are excellent methods to promote physical contact as intense as it is precious: if the skin, the most developed sensory organ in this moment, receives so much caresses and attention, it saves them in the his memory and can use this information in future interactions or relationships.
Change the diaper
- Change the dirty diaper as soon as possible to avoid skin irritation or even infections. Also in the morning after waking up, in the evening before going to bed and after every meal you have to change the diaper.
- Most babies need 6 to 8 diapers a day; in the first weeks even 10.
- The use of cloth diapers or disposable ones depends only on your personal tastes and beliefs. Both products have advantages and disadvantages .
- Changing diapers takes a long time; it is therefore very important that you use this time to the fullest: to be close to your child, cuddle him, play and joke with him. Caresses, tickles, a nice song and being looked into your eyes will please your child as much as you will! You can decorate the changing table area with drawings or hang a mobile from the ceiling.
- Make sure the changing table is at the right height so you don’t have to bend your back. Equally important is that the changing table is well secured to prevent your baby from falling over, even when it starts to get livelier. Never leave your baby unattended on the changing table.
The baby bath
- Not all children love water from the first moment. However, depending on the character, they can quickly get used to it.
- Just bathe your baby once a week for no more than 10 minutes. The skin of babies dries sooner than that of adults.
- To prevent delicate skin from drying out, you can use baby oil with which you can massage your baby after bath. If, on the other hand, you use oil-based bath products there is a risk that your child may slip out of your hands. In any case, creams and oils should be used sparingly and applied only to dry or irritated skin (see “Cosmetic products”).
- Only bathe your child after the navel has healed, i.e. when it no longer purges.
- The important thing is that you always hold your child tightly and support his head during the bath. You can place a hand on your back and support the back of your neck and head so as not to let it fall into the water; use your other hand to wash it gently.
- Keep a towel (preferably with a hood) close at hand so you can wrap your baby immediately after bath.
- The massage wonderfully relaxes the little one, plus it is an ancient tradition. Blocks stress hormones and activates immune cells. This results in a strengthening of his immune system.
- Massages have a calming effect even in cases of colic and constipation.
- It is understood that the massage can only be done if your child likes it. As for the bath, even the massage can like it or not.
- Forgo the massage if your child was vaccinated the same day or the day before; there is an infection or other medical condition.