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postpartum bathing, when can I? Ivana, VBA2C success! 3 kids; Aurora, Colorado 6834 posts
Jun 23rd '08

ok, so my 3 week old daughter hates baths, she starts out calm, looking a bit shocked, and then gradually she starts crying and is eventually screaming bloody murder and wriggling around in the infant tub, she calms right down once she wrapped in the towel and in my arms. Everywhere I have read says that a good way to make a positive experience for bathtime is to take the baby in the big bath with you so they feel secure in your arms and won't feel so exposed and naked. Anyways, my question is, when can I take a bath? I am only 3 weeks postpartum, do I have to wait the full 6 weeks to be able to bathe?

vel2n 2 kids; Houston, Texas 19948 posts
Jun 23rd '08

i dont know the answer to your question about your bath. but i know a good way to make them feel more comfortable being naked in their own tub is to put a rag on their tummies while youre bathing them. it makes them feel less exposed and scared.

Ivana, VBA2C success! 3 kids; Aurora, Colorado 6834 posts
Jun 23rd '08
Quoting vel2n:
vel2n 2 kids; Houston, Texas 19948 posts
Jun 23rd '08
Quoting Ivana♥Gabriella:
Mommy of a giggler! 2 kids; Edmonton, Alberta 9017 posts
Jun 23rd '08

Did you have a lot of stitches? My doc told me to wait 3-4 weeks because I tore REALLY badly. My cousin didn't tear and she was told she was safe to bathe at 2 weeks - just the PP bleeding that might be an issue. My son was much more comfortable in the tub with me. I laid a dry towel on top of him to keep him warmer and laid him on my belly.

Mommy of a giggler! 2 kids; Edmonton, Alberta 9017 posts
Jun 23rd '08
Quoting vel2n:
Ivana, VBA2C success! 3 kids; Aurora, Colorado 6834 posts
Jun 23rd '08
Quoting vel2n:
N & A 1 child; New Mexico 22234 posts
Jun 23rd '08

i took a bath 3-4days after. i loved peeing in the really hot bathwater since it stung so bad to go pee. almost everytime i had to go pee i would jump in the tub

Heddur 4 kids; Saskatchewan 28830 posts
Jun 23rd '08

after i had all three of my kids they told me to bath 3 times a day till my stitches are gone to prevent infection...even without stitches they recomend bathing once a day...bathing, not showering...but i WISH i had a shower. i dont really like bathing, and i dont have a shower..i miss it. and my daughter is the same way wioth her baths. she screams and spazzes, but shes fine afterwards. just do it quickly is al i can tell ya.

Ivana, VBA2C success! 3 kids; Aurora, Colorado 6834 posts
Jun 23rd '08
Quoting Mommy of a giggler!:
Heddur 4 kids; Saskatchewan 28830 posts
Jun 23rd '08
Quoting nik | Alessandra's mama:
Heddur 4 kids; Saskatchewan 28830 posts
Jun 23rd '08
Quoting Ivana♥Gabriella:
Mommy of a giggler! 2 kids; Edmonton, Alberta 9017 posts
Jun 23rd '08
Quoting Ivana♥Gabriella:
DEZYLU4 Washington 4 posts
Jun 23rd '08

if you want a bath take one it just fine.as for your baby i always swalled my new borns in a resiving blanket it helped them to fill safe.

Mommy of a giggler! 2 kids; Edmonton, Alberta 9017 posts
Jun 23rd '08
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