Bathing Your Baby

Now that your baby is a little older, he is probably done with sponge baths and may enjoy splashing in a real bath.

A safe and fun bath requires that you prepare. Get everything you need: towel, washcloth, mild baby soap, baby shampoo and a baby bathtub or nonskid mat for the sink. (Skip the bubble bath; it will irritate your baby’s skin and could cause a rash.)

Put 2-3 inches of warm water in the sink or tub and use a kitchen thermometer to be sure it is no more than 98-100 degrees F. You can also test the water on the inside of your arm; it should feel no more than mildly warm.

Always keep one hand on your baby to keep him from squirming and slipping, and take care that he doesn’t knock his head on the faucet or side of the sink. 

Never leave your baby alone in the bath, even for a second!

Some babies adore bath time and feel comforted by the warm water and your voice and hands. Others would prefer to avoid baths altogether. If your baby doesn’t enjoy bathing, you may not need to wash more than his face, hands and diaper area very often until he’s crawling and walking.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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