Bathing your baby safely

Remember to never leave your baby unattended in a bath.

Many babies love a soothing bath.

They’ve been living in warm amniotic fluid for the majority of their existence and find comfort in a warm bath.

Some babies don’t like being naked – in this case try draping a warm, damp washcloth over their chest and stomach as this can help them feel more secure.

When you’re preparing the bath, ensure the water is about the same temperature as their body or slightly warmer – about 37 degrees celsius.

A waterproof thermometer is helpful, otherwise hold your wrist under the water to make sure it’s not too hot or too cold.

It is not necessary to use soap to wash your baby, however if you do decide to use a soap product, ensure that it’s gentle and designed for young skin.

Newborns don’t actually need a bath every day and in some cases, it can dry their skin out.

If you choose not to give your baby a bath each day, you can use warm water and a cloth to wash their face, hands, and bottom.

Make sure that everything you need is within reach before placing your baby in the water.

Remember to never leave your baby unattended in a bath.

For a newborn this means you need to have your hands on your baby at all times.

Older children should never be left to supervise a newborn or small baby in the water.

It’s also helpful to warm the room before you undress your baby and place a towel over them.

This helps them remain calm and settled.

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