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Tips for Bathing your Baby

Bathing your baby should be a fun and enjoyable activity but, for new parents, it can be stressful. Especially a newborn, your baby must seem so small and fragile in your hands. This can make a fun activity very stressful and new parents anxious.

Well, it shouldn’t be like that. Bathing your baby should be a fun experience for parents and we’re here to help you. In this article, we give you tips and tricks to how on bathe your baby safely.

Check the Temperature: It is important to check the temperature of the water before you put the baby in the bath. You don’t want it too hot or cold. The best way to check is with your elbow. This is because your hand can naturally cope with higher temperatures than your elbow.

Start with a Baby Bath: It is good to invest in a plastic baby bath. These are much smaller than a regular bath and makes bathing much easier and safer in the beginning. You can move it to any room in the house, ideally a living room, where you’ll have more space.

Wash Face Before Bath: If your baby has a messy face, it is best to wash their face outside of the bath beforehand. Babies sometimes don’t like their faces being washed and, on those occasions, they can fight back and splash everywhere.

When to Bathe: You don’t need to give your baby a bath every day. You can just wash their face, neck, hands and bottom each day with a warm cloth and bathe every couple of days. However, if you and your baby enjoy bath time, there’s no reason not to have one every day. For practical purposes, a good wash with a cloth would suffice.

Right Time for a Bath: It is important to choose a time when your baby is awake and content. It can be very disorientating and not enjoyable for them if they’re sleepy or about to fall asleep to begin bathing. Naturally, if they’re cranky or fussy, this makes the process a lot more difficult.

Focus on your Baby: It is important to avoid anything to distractions. Turn your phone off or, if you must, have it close by. If the doorbell rings, leave it. It may feel like a few seconds but that brief amount of time is enough for your baby to seriously hurt themselves or drown. If you must attend to something, take the baby with you.

Have a Warm Towel: Much like adults, a warm fluffy towel would be appreciated, especially during the winter.

Check For Rashes: Bathing your baby gives you an opportunity to check on their body for rashes and skin conditions developing. If you do find a rash, after you’ve washed and dried them off, use a rash cream to help soothe any potential discomfort and promote healthy skin. If you have any concerns about your baby’s skin, please see your healthcare provider.

Pick the Right Baby Lotion: When choosing the right baby lotion, it is important to consider if it suits your baby’s skin. Do they have dry, oily or normal skin? You want a lotion to best suit them.  For example, if your baby has dry skin, Dove’s Baby Lotion with Rich Moisturiser would be the ideal solution.

At Chemist Direct, we pride ourselves in providing our customers with the best products at the best price. Working with leading baby brands and manufacturers, check out our baby bathing ranges today.

This article has been medically approved by Superintendent Pharmacist Shilpa Shailen Karia, MRPharmS. - GPhC Reg No: 2087328


  1. NHS
  2. NCT
  3. Web MD
  4. Baby Products Advisor