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Bathing Your Baby

You may like to read our article on safe bathing before you get started. Once you have, come back here and keep reading.

How often should I bathe my baby?

Where should I bathe my baby?

What's the best way to give my baby a bath?

How often should I bathe my baby?

Although some parents bathe their babies every day, until yours is crawling around and getting into things, a bath isn't really necessary more than once or twice a week. (Just wash his face frequently and thoroughly clean his genital area after each nappy change.) When you do bathe him, you may find it a little scary to handle your little one when he's all soapy and slippery, so keep a good grip. Most babies find the warm water very soothing.

Where should I bathe my baby?

Instead of using a standard bath, which requires you to kneel or lean awkwardly over your baby and gives you less control over his movements, it makes sense to use the kitchen sink or a small plastic baby bath.

What's the best way to give my baby a bath?

Here's how to do it and what you'll need to make baby-bathing easy. With any luck, his bath will become one of the most enjoyable parts of your days together:

1. Assemble all necessary bath accessories.

2. Fill the bath with 2 to 3 inches /5 to 7.5 centimetres of water that feels warm but not hot, about 90 degrees F (32 degrees C).

3. Bring your baby to the bath area and undress him completely.

4. Gradually slip your baby into the bath, using one hand to support his neck and head. Pour cupfuls of bath water over him regularly during the bath so he doesn't get too cold.

5. Use soap sparingly (it dries your baby's skin) as you wash him with your hand or a flannel or sponge from top to bottom, front to back. Wash his scalp with a wet, soapy cloth. Use moistened cotton wool to clean his eyes and face. As for your baby's genitals, a routine wash is all that is needed. If dried mucus has collected in the corner of your baby's nostrils or eyes, dab it several times with a small section of a moistened cotton wool to soften it before you wipe it out.

6. Rinse your baby thoroughly with a clean flannel.

7. Wrap your baby in a towel and pat him dry. If his skin is dry, or if he has a bit of nappy rash, you may want to apply a mild lotion after his bath.

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