10 Baby bathing tips you need to know

During the first days, the baby is too small and delicate to hold so bathing your baby’s for the first time becomes a challenge to most both first time and old parents. Also, some babies enjoy bathing while others require more time to get used.  However, with good baby bathing tips and techniques, bathing your little one can be enjoyable and easy.

Baby bathing tips

We have prepared Baby bathing tips you need to know to make bath time enjoyable and less challenging for both parents and baby.

What most parents don’t know bathing your baby is one of the best ways for a parent to bond with their newborn after birth. Although it is one of the best ways to bond newborns do not get very dirty therefore do not require to be bathed more often compared with toddlers.


What is the best way to bath your newborn?

According to healthy children org they recommend newborn should not be submerged in the water until the umbilical cord falls off, dries up and heals.

The same case applies for the circumcised baby you should wait until the boy heal. 

Healing of umbilical cord might take two to three weeks. During this first week, it is best to sponge bathe your baby.

Also, the baby does not require being cleaned dairy. In fact, the babies do not get dirty compared to older children and their skin can dry quickly if bathed daily, which can be harmful to your baby delicate skin.

You are required to clean the face, hands, and genital area frequently commonly known as sponge bathe.

How do you sponge bath you’re newborn and what do you need

Find the right bathing area of your baby. You can use a kitchen or bathroom counter. Make sure the room is warm and clean.

Gather everything you need. This include

Bathing essentials – Washcloths, cotton wool, shampoo, towel (preferably hooded towel to prevent even head from getting cold.), clothes, clean diaper, and wipes.

Blanket or changing pad- you spread it to lay the baby.

A basin to put warm water. Check the water temperature you can use the elbow method or check using a baby bath thermometer.

baby bathing tips

Undress the baby and cover with the blanket or towel.

Lay the baby his back to the prepared area.

Only expose the area you are cleaning the baby to keep the baby warm.

Put cotton wool in water, squeeze water, and wipe each eye from inside to the out. Don’t use soap or shampoo to clean the babyface and eyes.

After the eyes are clean dip washcloths in water, wring out the water and clean the face.

To clean the body, apply mild soap to the washcloth. Clean creases behind the ear, underarm, neck and diaper area. Also remember to clean the hands, between fingers and toes.

Once your baby umbilical cord is fallen off and healed or if circumcised this is the right time to submerge your baby in water or start the tub bath.

Bonus video how to sponge bath you’re newborn

How to bathe your baby in the bathtub

Make sure the bathing area is warm. You can use a room thermometer to check the temperature. The temperature should be around 25 Celsius or 75 Fahrenheit.

Gather all bathing essentials such as clean clothes, diapers, wipes, soap, washcloths, bathing towel (preferably hooded towel).

Choose the tub specifically for your baby. You can buy an inflatable tub that fits inside the adult bathtub. Make sure it is safe for your baby by ensuring you have installed a bathtub mat to prevent your little one from slipping.

Put cold water first, then add warm water as you swirl with your hand to ensure the water mix well. Fill the bathtub with 5 inches or 13centimeter of water.

If you have bath thermometer use it to check the water temperature or check with your elbow rather than your hand. The water temperature should be between 36 degrees Celsius to 38 degrees Celsius.

Undress the baby clothes, leaving him with the diaper. The babies can poop or wee unexpectedly so to prevent mess leave the baby with the diaper.

Cover the baby with a towel or blanket and start cleaning eyes, face and hair.  Gently pour a few drops of shampoo on the baby hair, massage the shampoo gently, rinse thoroughly either using dump washcloth or run under a faucet. Always prevent the eyes from getting soap by cupping forehead using your hands.

Note: make sure the faucet is baby proof using the spout cover to prevent injuries to the baby head. Don’t use soap to clean the face or eyes, but you can use it on hair.

Take off the diaper and wipe the genital area before putting the baby in the water.

Gently dip the baby in the water holding his head with one hand. Make sure the water covers his shoulders to prevent from getting cold.

Use washcloths and mild soap to clean the baby’s body. Wipe gently bottom to top, back, and front using one hand as you support the head using the other hand. The baby bath should take 10-15 minutes.

You can buy a bathtub seat to support the baby, but still, use your hand to hold the baby.

Rinse the baby thoroughly and cover with a clean hooded towel. Cuddle the baby for a few minutes with a towel or blanket so as to keep her warm.

Dry the baby and concentrate on creased areas. If the baby skin is dry, apply moisturizer on the dry areas, then dress him in clean clothes.

Bonus video how to bath your baby in a bathtub

Commonly asked questions about bathing your newborn

Should I wash my newborn baby hair?

This is part of his body that needs to be cleaned but also not daily.

Use your hand, apply a drop of mild shampoo and massage gently.

Rinse the shampoo with a cup of water or use a damp washcloth.

When should you first bathe the newborn?

If your baby is healthy and full term, you can wait for at least one hour or more after birth. At this time it is not necessary, you sponge bathe you can spot clean where you can wipe gently only dirty or sweat areas. This should only take less than five minutes and later days continue with a sponge bath.

How often should you bathe a newborn?

You can bath your newborn twice or thrice per week it is enough to keep your infant clean.

During the nappy change, you can wipe genital areas and clean crease areas on the thigh.

Best time to bathe newborn

Time to bathe depends on you. There are parents that bath their little one in the morning hours when the baby is alert. Others prefer to bathe in the evening so as the baby can be relaxed when sleeping so as to sleep better.

If you want to bath your baby after feeding makes sure you wait for the tummy to settle first.

Choose the time when you are not in a hurry, baby tummy is not full, and baby should be relaxed for you and the baby to enjoy during bath time.

Does hard water affect your baby?

Hard water can damage your baby’s delicate skin the same case applies to an adult.  Also, tap water has some contaminants that can affect your baby skin. You can install a water filter or softener to clean contaminants or use a softener to make hard water soft.

Read more effect of hard water on your skin

What are the best lotion, oil, and shampoo to use on your newborn?

Soaps and lotion are not necessary when bathing your baby. But if you have decided to use make sure not to use scented soap they might irritate your baby delicate skin.

After bathing, dry the baby folds carefully to prevent lashes and if your baby is dry make sure you apply hypoallergenic lotion or moisturizer.

Bathing safety precaution

It is good to baby proof your baby always to prevent injuries. The same case applies when bathing your little one.

What is bathing safety precaution you need to know?

Never leave the baby unattended when in a bathtub or sink. According to AAP drowning is one of the major causes of childhood death. Also if you are bathing the baby on the elevated surface he might fall causing injuries.

Make sure you check the water temperature to prevent burning the baby or bathing your baby in cold water. Water temperature should be 36-38 degrees Celsius this is around body normal temperature. You can use your elbow to check water temperature if you don’t have bath thermometer.

Put cold water first in the tub, and then add hot water as you swirl with your hand to mix water well so as to eliminate cold or hot spots.

I hope you have enjoyed reading our 10 Baby bathing tips you need to know. please share with us in the comment section your baby bathing tip so that other parents can learn something new.

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