The bath of ofurô for babies is a delight, it’s relaxing, brings a sense of well-being, relieves colic and much more! This type of therapeutic bath brings several benefits to the little ones.
Baby Ofuro Bath
Like Doula, Adriana usually accompanies several ofurô baths for the first time. She says that the parents have many doubts about the ideal type of bath for the baby. She also says that moms and dads on their first trip are often insecure when they first come into contact with the ofuro bath.
“The bath of ofurô is a bath that goes beyond hygiene…so baby hygiene can be done with water and cotton before the baby goes to the ofurô. DAfterwards, when it’s time to take a bucket bath, the baby will only really relax, make out, and it’s not time to clean the little one anymore,” says Adriana.
Two other important details for this bath to please your baby are: the temperature of the water and the touch. Adriana says that this combination is perfect and babies love it because it brings a sense of security, comfort and love.
Adriana says that the bath can be taken from the first day of life, and should not be done if the baby has a fever or some other malaise.
“A tip is also to have a schedule for this bath, that is, as it is relaxing, the idea is to give the bath close to the time the baby should sleep. For those who sleep later, the ideal is to bathe at the end of the day. That way he’ll sleep more easily,” explains Doula.
Mothers and fathers who have learned the art of shantala can add this technique to their baby’s routine. The following order should be followed: shantala (baby massage), bath of ofurô and breast milk. Following this order, your baby will rest longer and so will you!
– buy your own water thermometer;
– buy a bucket of ofurô correct, that it has a firm basis;
– the water should cover the baby’s shoulders, but be careful not to get water in the mouth;
– you don’t have to put on soaps or shampoos;
– Put the baby wrapped in a nappy towel so he doesn’t feel cold before he comes in;
– care when removing the baby from ofurôIn order not to get cold when coming out of warm water – the environment must be draught-free, closed;
– Leave the baby’s entire change of clothes on before you put him in the bath;
– the towel to dry the baby should also be accessible;
– Hold the baby carefully wrapped in a diaper towel and gradually let him feel the temperature of the water, first the little feet come in, then the little legs, buttocks, trunk, and arms and hands;
– Very hairy babies should have their heads washed before bathing, and dry their hair before placing it in the ofurô.
Essential tips for your baby to enjoy a nice bath of ofurô:
– When the water is above 36 degrees, it has an analgesic effect – relaxing the muscles and reducing possible colic,
– The baby, when immersed in hot water (between 36 and 37 degrees), increases the production of endorphins;
– the correct position that the baby should be in the ofurô (bucket for that bath) is similar to ‘the position that was in the womb’. This will bring peace of mind to the baby;
– the bath of ofurô can be done on the same day after birth. There is no need to wait for the navel to fall – you should dry and clean the stump well after the bath;
– the baby should be carefully placed in the ofurô (see video below). Mainly, so there won’t be any accidents;
– if you’re unsure, ask another adult for help the first few times;
– When the water cools down, you should remove your baby (ideally, leave the baby for about 5 to 10 minutes)
The important thing is that the baby relaxes well and that who is giving the bath of ofurô also be relaxed and secure with the technique, so you both have great times.