With the right supplies and a bit of practice, bathing your newborn can be a fun, playful experience and the perfect time to bond.
Prepare everything you will need for the bath itself.
- Bath tub
- Mild cleansing wash
- Cup for pouring water
- Comfortably warm room
- Cotton balls for cleaning the eyes & ears
- A mild cleanser that has sodium laureth sulfate, is gently formulated at pH5 and is hypoallergenic
Wear appropriate clothing.
Make sure your clothes don’t have zippers or pins that could scratch the baby’s skin. Remove jewelry like watches, rings and bracelets.
Fill the tub with a few inches of warm water.
You may use your elbow or wrist to make sure the water isn’t too hot or cold. Do not fill the tub more than a couple of inches. Babies should never be submerged in water.
Undress your baby completely and gradually slip her into the tub feet first.
Use one hand to support her neck and head.
Wash your baby from top to bottom front and back.
- Use the cup to pour clean water over the baby’s head and gently massage her hair and scalp with a mild cleansing agent.
- Use a soft washcloth to gently wash the baby’s face, body, arms and legs.
- Use cotton balls to wipe the baby’s eyes and ears.
After rinsing. Lift the baby from the tub and wrap her with a hooded towel.
Pat the baby dry and apply emollients if necessary.
If the baby’s skin is dry, or if she has a bit of diaper rash, apply a mild cream after her bath.