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10 Tips on How to Properly Bathe Your Newborn Baby

Updated: Jul 6, 2023

Bathing your newborn baby can be a daunting task, especially if you're a first-time parent. But with a little preparation and know-how, it can be a relatively easy and enjoyable experience for both of you.

how to bathe baby

Here are some tips on how to properly bathe your newborn baby:

1. Choose the right time and place. Bathing your baby too soon after a feeding can make them spit up, so it's best to wait about 30 minutes after a feeding. You'll also want to choose a time when you're both relaxed and have plenty of time. A warm bathroom is ideal, but if your bathroom is cold, you can warm it up with a space heater or by running the hot water for a few minutes.

baby bath time

2. Gather your supplies. You'll need a bathtub or sink, a washcloth, a mild baby soap, a clean towel, and a baby shampoo (if your baby is over 1 month old). You may also want to have a waterproof mat or towel to put down in the bathtub to protect your feet from getting wet.

supplies for baby bathing

3. Test the water temperature. The water temperature should be lukewarm, about 100-105 degrees Fahrenheit. You can test the temperature by dipping your elbow in the water or by using a thermometer. If it's too hot, it will feel uncomfortable. If it's too cold, your baby will shiver.

baby bath water temperature

4. Undress your baby. Start by undressing your baby from the waist down. If your baby is over 1 month old, you can also undress their arms and chest.

how to undress baby

5. Wash your baby's face. Use a washcloth and mild baby soap to wash your baby's face. Be sure to clean around the eyes, nose, and ears.

wash baby face

6. Wash your baby's body. Use a washcloth and mild baby soap to wash your baby's body, starting at the neck and working your way down. Be sure to clean all the folds of skin, such as the armpits and groin.

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7. Shampoo your baby's hair (if over 1 month old). If your baby is over 1 month old, you can shampoo their hair. Use a small amount of baby shampoo and work it into their hair. Be sure to rinse it out thoroughly.

shampooing baby hair

8. Rinse your baby off. Use a clean washcloth to rinse your baby off with lukewarm water. Be sure to rinse all the soap off.

baby bathing

9. Dry your baby off. Use a clean towel to dry your baby off. Be sure to dry all the folds of skin, such as the armpits and groin.

10. Get your baby dressed. Put your baby's clothes back on and enjoy your clean, happy baby!

Here are some additional tips for bathing your newborn baby:

  • Be gentle. Newborn skin is very delicate, so be gentle when bathing your baby.

  • Don't leave your baby unattended in the bathtub. Even for a few seconds, it's not worth the risk.

  • Talk to your baby. Bathing can be a great time to bond with your baby. Talk to them and sing to them as you bathe them.

  • Make it fun. Bathing doesn't have to be a chore. Make it fun for your baby by singing songs, playing games, or using a bath toy.

With a little practice, you'll be a pro at bathing your newborn baby in no time!

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