When taking care of a baby, perhaps one of the biggest challenges is that can’t fully communicate what makes them comfortable or uncomfortable but they sure figure out a way to let you know. Howbeit, it is important to provide babies with the best comfort using the right accessories and baby care products. For example, Hooded Baby Towels is one products parents love to use because it makes bathtime so much easier and more fun for the baby.


During bath time, it is important to keep the environment safe, baby comfortable and the process fun. For starters, you should keep the water at the right temperature which is warm. Always test the water before letting your child in to make sure it’s a nice mild/warm temperature. First, you should fill the bath with cold water, and then fill it with hot water to make it as warm as you need it. Mix the water up to ensure that there are no hot pockets of water, and test the water yourself first. Always make sure the water isn’t too hot and you have to be very careful about this because the water might be ok on your skin but might still be too hot for the baby. If you decide to take a bath with your baby, the temperature should be adjusted primarily for her comfort and safety. You may think it’s not too hot for you, but, remember that your baby’s skin is extremely sensitive. Bear in mind that it should be cooler than your usual hot shower or bath. If you have a thermometer, you may check the water temperature and make sure it’s around 36 to 38 degree Celsius. Place the thermometer under the water stream in the shower or the tub once you’ve filled it up. If you don’t have a thermometer, you may go the more traditional way by using your wrist or your elbow. It should not be too hot or too cold. It just needs to be warm enough that it won’t cause scalding. If you want to shower with your baby, take note that the water temperature can change rapidly. So, you need to take that into consideration if your shower controls are not fully functional. Watch out for that slippery floor. If you haven’t already, it’s best to have a non-slip bath mat. When holding your baby, whether in the shower or the tub, it prevents both of you from slipping and facing the most unfortunate accidents. Also, as much fun as it is to teach your baby to take a few steps and walk towards you, the tub may not be the best place for it. Even with a non-slip mat and a lightning speed mom reflex, it can still be very dangerous. Make sure your baby is in your arms or within reach the whole time.


What Makes Babies Uncomfortable?


It’s helpful to know and understand some of the major things that make babies uncomfortable. Now that we've discussed ways to soothe a baby when they are uncomfortable, let's discuss some things that make them uncomfortable so many you can prevent the discomfort before it happens.


The Need to be held:

Babies need a lot of cuddling. They like to see their parents' faces, hear their voices, and listen to their heartbeats, and can even detect their unique smell. Crying can be their way of asking to be held close. During the first few months hold your baby as much as possible. If you need your hands to do tasks, carry them in a  sling in your front or back or a baby carrier but keep them close to you.



This is probably the first thing you think of when your baby cries. Learning to recognize the signs of hunger will help you start feeding your baby before the crying stage. Some hunger signs to watch for in newborns include fussing, lip smacking, and putting their hands to their mouth.


Stomach problems from colic and gas:

Tummy troubles associated with gas or colic can lead to lots of crying. The rather mysterious condition known as colic is usually described as inconsolable crying for at least three hours a day, at least three days a week, at least three weeks in a row. (sounds like a nightmare). If your baby often fusses and cries right after being fed, she may have some sort of tummy pain. Many parents swear by over-the-counter anti-gas drops for babies and other natural remedies though neither has been proven to be effective. Get your doctor's okay before using either of these.


Needs to burp:

Burping isn't mandatory. But if your baby cries after a feeding, a good burp may be all he needs. Babies swallow air when they breastfeed or suck from a bottle, and this may cause discomfort if the air isn't released.


A dirty diaper:

Some babies let you know right away when they need to be changed. Others can tolerate a dirty diaper for quite a while. Either way, this one is easy to check and simple to remedy.


Needs sleep:

It seems like tired babies should simply be able to go to sleep, anytime, anywhere. But it's harder for them than you might realize. Instead of nodding off easily, babies may fuss and cry for a while before they finally fall asleep. My nephew was particularly like this. It usually took up to an hour to put him to sleep.


Too cold or too hot:

If your baby feels chilly, like when you remove her clothes to change a diaper or clean her bottom with a cold wipe, she may protest by crying. Also if it's too hot it can make them really uncomfortable.

Other sources of discomfort:

Babies can be troubled by something as hard to spot as a hair wrapped tightly around a tiny toe or finger, cutting off circulation. (Doctors call this painful situation a "hair tourniquet," and it's one of the first things they look for if a baby seems to be crying for no reason.) Some babies are extra sensitive to things like scratchy clothing tags or uncomfortable fabric that's harsh on their skin.

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