How to Bathe a Newborn

Published on 2023-08-01 by y2mango

Bathing is an essential part of your newborn's hygiene and care routine. This post shares some tips and steps to follow when bathing your newborn.

Baby covered in blanket after bathing

Baby covered in blanket after bathing. Credit: Marcin Jozwiak.

When to Bathe a Newborn?

Newborns don't need to bathe every day. In fact, bathing them too frequently can dry out their delicate skin. In the first few weeks, you can sponge bathe your newborn until their umbilical cord stump falls off. After that, you can begin bathing them in a baby tub or sink.

How to Bathe a Newborn?

  1. Gather your supplies: You'll need a baby tub or sink, a mild baby soap, a soft washcloth, a baby towel, a clean diaper, and a change of clothes.
  2. Fill the tub or sink with warm water: The water should be comfortably warm, around 37-38°C (or 98-100°F for you Americans). Test the water temperature with your elbow or wrist before placing your baby in it.
  3. Undress your baby: Take off your baby's clothes and diaper and wrap them in a towel to keep them warm.
  4. Wet your baby's body: Use a soft washcloth to wet your baby's body, avoiding their face and head.
  5. Wash your baby's body: Use a mild baby soap to gently wash your baby's body, starting with their face and working your way down. Use a clean washcloth for each body part to prevent the spread of germs.
  6. Rinse your baby's body: Use a clean washcloth or a cup to rinse off the soap from your baby's body.
  7. Dry your baby: Use a soft baby towel to pat your baby's body dry, paying extra attention to their skin folds. Make sure to dry their hair and scalp thoroughly.
  8. Dress your baby: Put a clean diaper on your baby and dress them in clean clothes.

Here are some additional tips to keep in mind when bathing your newborn:

  1. Never leave your baby unattended in the tub or sink, even for a moment.
  2. Keep the room warm and draft-free during the bath to prevent your baby from getting cold.
  3. Don't use adult soap, shampoo, or bubble bath on your baby, as they can irritate their delicate skin.
  4. Use a soft washcloth to clean your baby's face, neck, and ears, and a separate washcloth for their body.
  5. Use a small amount of baby soap, and avoid getting soap or water in your baby's eyes or mouth.
  6. Talk to your baby and make eye contact during the bath to help them feel secure and comfortable.

Finally, if you have any concerns or questions, don't hesitate to reach out to your pediatrician or a childcare expert for guidance.

P.S. want more parenting tips? Look here.