When Is It Safe To Start Bathing My Newborn?
Initially you won’t need to bathe your baby, but just give them a ‘top and tail’ wash (and no, this has nothing to do with topping and tailing French beans).
There is no correct time to start a bath, you can start when you feel confident enough. As babies get cold quickly, this is more detrimental than them being a little bit dirty.
How Often Should I Bathe My Baby?
Your baby doesn’t need a bath every day, but you should aim to give them a sponge bath two to three times a week until their umbilical cord stump falls off.
Here are some excellent tips and a video on bathing your newborn from the National Childbirth Trust.
Bathtime Safety Tips
- Never leave your baby unattended: Always keep a hand on your baby during bathtime, and never leave them alone in the bath – even for a second. Babies can slip and slide around easily, so it’s important to be there to catch them if needed.
- Check the water temperature: The water should be warm but not too hot. Test the water with your elbow first.
- Keep bathtime short: Babies can get chilly quickly, so keep bathtime to around 5-10 minutes. This will also help prevent their delicate skin from drying out.
- Have everything you need within reach: Make sure you have all your baby’s bathtime essentials – soap, shampoo, washcloths, towels – within arm’s reach so you don’t have to leave your baby unattended.
- Use non-slip mats: Prevent slips and falls by using non-slip mats on the bottom of the baby bathtub or sink.
- Selecting the right products: Choose bath products that are gentle and specifically formulated for newborns. Use plain water for newborns, and start using a little unperfumed baby bath from 4-6 weeks. Find out more from NHS tips here.
How To Make Bathtime Fun For Your Little One
- Sing: Singing is a great way to keep your baby entertained and distracted during bathtime. You don’t need to be the next Mariah Carey, just sing a simple song or make up your own silly lyrics.
- Toys, toys, toys..and books: Bathtime is a great opportunity for your baby to play with water toys like rubber ducks, cups, and squirty toys. Just make sure they are safe for your baby’s age and size. You can also get some fun books that belong in the bath! Check out Grow with Me sensory boxes – tailored to your child’s monthly age, they also include fun and educational toys and books that will entertain your little one in the bath safely!
- Use a hooded towel: As soon as you’re done with bathtime, wrap your baby up in a cozy hooded towel. Not only will they stay warm, but they’ll also look adorable with little animal ears or a hood.
Bathtime can be a fun and bonding experience for both you and your little one, and create lifelong memories for you. Just remember to always put safety first and have some silly fun!
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