Bathing your newborn

You may be a little hesitant about bathing your new baby at first as handling a slippery, wriggly newborn can be tricky. Here are some top tips and a useful video guide to help make bath time safe and enjoyable for you both.

  1. Before you start, gather everything you need and place it within easy reach. It is extremely important that you never leave your baby unattended in the bath, or on a change table, for any reason.
     
  2. Protect your back. Chose a location that will ensure you can maintain a good posture and not over-reach e.g. kitchen bench, and use a jug to empty the bath.
     
  3. Fill the bath with enough water to cover your baby’s shoulders and neck to keep them warm. You can also make the bath deep enough so that your baby can float during bath time—it is ok for your baby’s ears to go under the water during their bath.
     
  4. The temperature of the bath should be warm but not too hot. Mix the water well so that the warm water is evenly distributed. Use the inside of your wrist to check the water temperature as this skin is more sensitive than your hand or elbow—if it is comfortable then it should be suitable for your baby.
     
  5. Once you have washed your baby let them float in the bath for a while if they are calm and content. If they are enjoying the warmth of the water they may relax which could help if they will soon be going to sleep.

Bathing your baby should be relaxing and soothing and, as your baby grows, bath time will become fun with play being the main focus. Enjoy this special time with your child.

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