Did you need someone to teach you how to bathe your baby?

United States
April 20, 2009 7:29pm CST
My baby is soon going to need her first bath, and my aunt and cousins are always telling me that they have to teach me, i mean i know is not something simple because the baby is slippery and everything but is it something you cannot figure out by yourself? somebody HAS to teach you how to do it? i mean i already cut her nails and i did it by myself without problems...
6 responses
@Jae2619 (1485)
• United States
21 Apr 09
Some first time mothers don't have any idea on how to do things so some people (older mothers) make comments they have to teach new mothers how to do things. Yes, bathing a baby can be tricky but no it's not something you can't figure out on your own. It's a great bonding experience as well. Try not to let things get you down, some older mothers, grandma's, aunts and sisters can over step things when they think they are actually trying to help, but they end up hurting feelings to a new mother because the new mother starts to feel as they can't do anything right. Just tell them, you know your new at things but the best way to learn is to try things on your own, and if they would like to be there just in case you have any questions, that's fine, and great. Best wishes!
• United States
25 Apr 09
Yes sometimes they can make you feel a little inept when they come in with all their advice and things you should and should not do. I don't have a problem when they day it nicely, but when they come like it's their way of the highway, thAt's when I get upset. But I know they mean it in the nicest of ways..
@magrylouyu (1632)
• United States
21 Apr 09
I'm very glad to hear that your doing everything very nicely. Most new moms are very nervous and precausious. Your not really supposed to emerge the newborn directly into water until the umbilical cord falls off. I dont believe you need someone to TEACH you how to do it, maybe just explain the basics. Good luck. Newborns get big so quick.
• United States
21 Apr 09
im trying to enjoy her every minute because time flies....i still remember like yesterday when i found out i was pregnant and now shes already here! im waiting fir the chord to fall to bathe her, even though her smells is soo good as it is....lol
@meandmy3 (2229)
• United States
21 Apr 09
I think they are just excited about the new baby in the family and they want to be envolved. Humor them. It may help you with some of your anxiety's and give you a chance to see someone else do it. You may appreciate the help.
• United States
11 May 09
i was hoping to see my mom, but she cannot make it until the 18th, so what i did is i send her a video of me giviing her a bath so she would tell me what she thought. she told me i did a good job!
• United States
21 Apr 09
good for you! sometimes first time moms are nervous. it is nice that you have family that want to help you. when i had my daughter i was very young and nervous. i bathed her myself and she screamed her head off. i am sure that she sensed my nervousness. if you have been around babies that is probably why you are so comfortable with yours. why don't you let them watch you so they can see that you are capable of doing it yourself. you sound very secure and you listen to your instincts which is going to make you be a great mom!
• United States
21 Apr 09
well i've had no other choice because the baby came 3 weeks before her due date and neither my mother or mother in law were ready to come, so i've kinda had to learn on my own, wich in a way is great because your instincts really kick in...
@cicisnana (776)
• United States
21 Apr 09
Congratulations on your daughter! No, no one needs to officially teach you to bathe your child. It sounds as if you have many natural motherly instinct already. Your aunts and cousins are probably anxious and wanting to help with this new addition to your family. My advice would be for you to accept it happily, because there will be a time you would wish for that extra help.
@enhopey (37)
• United States
21 Apr 09
Well, since you already know that the baby is gong to be slippery when bathing, then you should also already know that you will need to hold on tight. That is pretty much about it. Watch out for the umbilical cord and you should be fine. I don't think that you should need someone to teach you how to bathe your baby, but I guess, some would. Just remember, the baby will be slippery and hold on tight!