Skills demonstration

Introduction walked into the room where I was met by my tutor, she talked me through the instructions on what to do. The first thing I done was introduced myself to the camera and then proceeded over to the table and picked two random skills that were facing down on the table so that couldn’t see what they were. Then showed both of my skills to the camera, the ones I got were bathing and baby and spoon feeding a baby. Skill 1: chose to carry out bathing the baby first as this skill required the most equipment and length of time to do. The first thing done was gathered my equipment.

I took the bath, mat, lotion, shampoo, sponge, towels, succeeded, a fresh nappy and bag, cotton wool and then I got my baby and lay him down onto the mat. Started with topping and tailing my baby, we do this because it decreases the length of time the baby has to spend in the bath shortening the time he has to be exposed to the cold. I squeezed some lotion into the bath and checked the temperature with my elbow as this is more sensitive area than my hand. Picked up my baby and held him into the football position so his head was secure and supported in the palm of my hand.

I then squeezed a small amount of shampoo into my hand and rubbed it gently into my baby’s scalp with palm of my hand, I didn’t squeeze directly onto his head because this can cause cradle cap. I then lay him back down on the mat and patted his head dry’. I almost forgot my small fresh bowl of non- soapy water but did remember it once was about to start so left my baby for a second and got it. I dipped the cotton wool into the fresh bowl of water and began cleaning his eyes from the inner corner to outer corner changing the cotton wool on each eye to prevent the spread of potential infection.

I then used some more damp cotton wool to get into the creases and folds of baby fat as these can be hard areas to get at with a sponge and commonly prone to rashes/infections. Then I used the soapy water I had prepared in the bath and dipped my sponge in and cleaned the larger areas on my baby’s body such as his back and tummy. Then I dried him off, talking to him as I went along. Then removed his nappy and carried him over to the bath where used the sponge to clean him.

When I was happy he was clean I put him back onto the mat, patted him dry and put some succeeded on his bum and UT on a fresh nappy ensuring it wasn’t too loose or too tight by using the two finger check. Skill 2 then proceeded onto my second skill which was spoon-feeding a baby. I gathered the equipment required which included a bowl, spoon, baby food, warm bottle of milk, a bib and finally my baby. The first thing I done was checked the straps on the chair were secured tightly. Once I was sure it was safe I strapped him in and put on his bib. Talking to him while was going along. Hen took 34 spoons of the food and mixed it with warm milk I had repaired in the bottle and mixed into a smooth consistency because if it was too thick it may be hard for my baby to digest and cause tummy upset. I fed my baby talking to him while went along and once I was happy he had enough I cleaned his face with the bib. Conclusion Overall I was happy enough with my skills demonstration. I was a small bit nervous before entered the room but I tried to not let it get to me. I wasn’t too impressed when I got bathing a baby as this was the skill I was dreading the most but once I started I relaxed. Ad to top and tail the baby first and almost forgot the small bowl of water needed to clean the small areas of the baby with cotton wool but I remembered before started the topping and tailing so was happy about that. I feel spoke better to my baby in my second skill than my first, probably because was thinking too much into what I was doing so have learned that nerves can get the better of you and effect your performance. There is a lot of room for improvement but am eager to learn new things and different ways of doing things and I hope that I can gradually get more confident throughout the duration of my course.