It is not unusual for some babies to get upset and throw tantrums during bath time.
If your baby is otherwise feeding and sleeping well, do not get too worried. There are certain things that you can do to try to make bath time an enjoyable experience for you and your baby.
First, relax and do not appear overly anxious or stressed when putting baby to bath. He can sense your anxiety too.
Use a baby bathtub as it gives you more control over baby’s movements. Fill the tub with about 7.5 cm of water. Make sure the temperature of the water is warm. Support him firmly throughout the entire bath.
You should also pour cupfuls of water over him regularly so he does no get cold. Talk and play with him while washing him to help calm him down. Make bath time quick and brief since your baby does not seem to like the water. As he get older, you may include toys and games during bathing to make it more enjoyable for him.
Of course, you should clean his buttock area daily, especially if his diaper is soiled. Also, clean his face and neck regularly with a washcloth if he spits up. Use alcohol free wipes to avoid over drying the skin.
Bath safety products for baby
Most baby wash products are mild and safe for cleaning your baby. Avoid regular soap as it is too harsh and may cause skin irritation. If your baby has eczema (dry and scaly red patches of skin on the face, elbows and knees), see “Eczema Treatment for Babies“. Shampoo is not necessary at this point.