Bath time is an ideal time for closeness between baby and parents. In the morning or evening, avoid bathing a baby just after a meal so as not to affect digestion. A bath calms and tires a baby, if bathed in the evening, it will encourage sleep.
Bath water should ideally be around 37°C and room temperature between 22 and 24°C. To put a baby in the bath, hold the baby with one hand whilst supporting its head and neck with your forearm. Whilst bathing, keep a hand constantly under its neck. Use products especially designed for babies, pH neutral, so as not to irritate skin or eyes.
When taking your baby out of the water, dry your baby quickly so that they don't catch cold. When completely dry, moisturise its skin.
Note: During the first few weeks of a baby's life, a bath must not be for more than 10 minutes. When he/she is older, you can leave him/her in the water for a bit longer.
Teething starts between 3 and 8 months. This time can be trouble-free for some infants but it can be a real source of discomfort for others. When teeth develop, they pierce gums. This is often synonymous with pain and causes irritation and swelling.
The baby is grumpy and may have the following symptoms:
Loss of appetite
This is however a natural event in his/her development. Teething occurs in a certain order
However, every child is unique and teething occurs at his/her own pace. There is therefore no need to worry if your child gets your teeth early or late. To track your child's teething, download the tooth diary. For each new milk tooth, colour its location on the drawing and fill in the table so as to track the order of appearance of your baby's little teeth.
A baby's sleep is very different from an adults; it is important because it allows him/her to grow! A baby's sleep cycles are about 50 minutes during which restful and agitated sleep alternates. During the first few weeks, a baby will find it hard to find his/her rhythm. Thereafter, depending on age, a baby will need more or less sleep:
At birth: Approx. 18 to 20 hours
From 1 to 3 months: 18 to 19 hours
From 4 to 5 months: 16 to 17 hours (Period when times become more stable).
From 6 to 8 months: 15 to 16 hours
From 9 to 12 months: 14 to 15 hours
In addition to night sleep, a baby needs a nap to rest. Up to 6 months, 3 naps are often needed: one at the end of the morning and two in the afternoon. Then, up to the age of 1, the last nap of the day can be stopped.
A calm and reassuring environment is ideal for a baby with not too much light but not completely dark. Don't be impatient, a baby needs more time than us to go to sleep!