Baby bath time: What you need to know

When it comes to bath time, your baby has special needs. Check out how helpful tips on how to wash your baby safely and effectively:

How often? A bath 2-3 times a week is enough to keep your baby clean. If your baby really likes baths, you can bath them once a day.

How long? About 5-10 minutes is long enough for a baby bath.

When? Any time of the day, although avoid bathing your baby when they are hungry or immediately after a feed. If your baby enjoys a bath and finds it relaxing, you can use bathing as a way to help settle them in the evening. Many babies sleep longer after an evening bath and it’s a good way to start a routine early on.

Where? Depending on the age, you can opt for a plastic baby bath or the big bath. To make the transition easier, you can put the small baby bath into the big bath for the first few times.

Safety tips:
• Make sure you have everything you need at hand – including a towel, washcloth, bath toys, lotion or shampoo, clean clothes and clean nappy. This means you can keep your eyes and hands on your baby at all times.
• Keep all bath lotions, shampoos and electrical appliances are out of baby’s reach.
• Check the water temperature is 37-38°C before you put your baby in.
• Empty the bath as soon as you’re finished and remove bath plugs from the bath when they’re not in use.

Step by step guide:
1. Put a non-slip bath mat on the floor and one in the bath.
2. For newborns and babies up to six months old, fill the bath to around 8cm to 10cm deep
3. Use warm but not hot water, about 37°C or 38°C. Turn the water off and test the temperature on a thermometer* before you put baby into the bath. Swirl the water with your hands to ensure there are no hot spots.
4. Gently lower your baby into the bath, keeping a hand on them at all times.
5. Kneel down or sit on a low stool so that you don’t hurt your back.
6. Shampoo your baby’s hair last – you only need to do this once or twice a week. Lie your baby on their back and gently rinse their hair.
7. Use a soft washcloth to gently clean your baby’s face, neck and body, leaving the genitals and bottom until last.
8. Gently lift your baby out of the bath and wrap them in a soft dry towel to keep them warm.

Happy bathing!