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Learn the Basics and Essentials of a Newborn Baby Bath

By Vidhya Dhanapal

March 18, 2023

Learn Essential Things About Baby Bath

The most valuable gift in every women’s life is her CHILD. Her child is her world, her happiness, her future, and a child occupy her in every aspect of a mother’s life. A mother again becomes a student and her child is her syllabus. She starts to learn each and everything right from feeding, bathing, playing, laughing, etc., and now the learning is not for her, it’s for her child.

In this syllabus, we will learn about “Bathing A Baby.” The lesson will not be as simple as the title. We need the utmost care and our full consciousness and attention in the class because we are holding our babies not books.

Discussion On

  1. Essential Things For A Baby Bath
  2. Good Time to have Bath
  3. Safe Temperature for Baby Bath
  4. How to Bathe a Baby
    • Sponge Bath
    • Bathing in a Tub
    • Bathing with Someone’s Assistance
    • HeadBath
  5. Bathing Intervals
  6. Safety Tips
  7. Get Ready for Practical

1. Essential Things For A Baby Bath

  1. Sponge
  2. Baby Soap or Baby Body wash
  3. Baby Shampoo (If we take a head bath)
  4. Warm water
  5. Bath Tub
  6. One person to assist
  7. Bath Towels – 2 nos.

Keep all the above things handy before going to the bath.

2. Good Time to Have a Bath

Before having a bath for a baby, we should analyze the climate. The climate should not be cold, it should be warm or hot. Since bathing makes the temperature of the body to fall, ensure that all the doors and windows are closed, as the airflow may cause the baby to shiver. Mostly mid-day will be an apt time to have a bath for newborns. Try to have a particular time for bathing as it will help to set a routine for newborns.

Analyze the mood of the baby, is it happy or angry or feeling sleepy. Baby will enjoy the bathing only when he is happy or else will start an uncontrollable cry. Most babies will feel hungry after bathing. So feed the babies at least 20 minutes before bathing so that you can manage them during bath. Most babies will fall asleep after bathing, so if you feed them, automatically the babies will fall into a sound sleep for a quite long time.

3. Safe Temperature for Baby Bath

 While giving a bath, temperature plays an important role. One should be very careful regarding the temperature of the water. Mostly, warm water is best suited. Maintaining the temperature around 100 F is good. Too hot may burn the baby’s skin, as they are very sensitive. A bath thermometer is the best way to check the temperature or else, you can use your elbow to check the temperature. The water should not be too cold or too hot.

4. How to Bathe a Baby?

We can bathe the baby in three ways. First is a sponge bath, next is with the help of the bathtub and the other is by taking help from someone. Before bathing a baby in, either way, be sure that the stump of the umbilical cord is fallen, which will happen in one or two weeks, else, go with a sponge bath.

Sponge Bath

Take water in a bowl with a minimal temperature. Dip the sponge or towel in the warm water and gently wipe off. Be gentle while wiping and can wipe two to three times in genital areas, armpits, between the fingers, and under the neck. Start from the body and end with the face because most babies will start crying when we touch the face. After finishing the bath, pat dry with our Herbal Baby bath towel where the child can feel refreshing with our towels where nature dwells in your home.

Bathing in a Tub

Fill the tub with warm water and ensure the temperature with the elbow test. The water should be at the height of 8 cm to 10 cm from base of the tub. Slowly place the baby inside the tub by first dipping the legs and then slowly the chest. Support the back with one hand and take the water in other hand. Talk or sing to your baby while bathing and make him to enjoy the bathing.


 Take the soapy lather in your hand and transfer it to babies’ skin. Gently rub the soap with the bubbles and feel the skin, how soft it is! Take special care in genital areas, butt, and other parts specified in the sponge bath. Don’t apply soap directly to the babies’ skin.  Be careful while washing the face. Don’t pour water directly to the face, just apply the water with your hand and then soap and again wipe it with water until you completely wash the soap off. Remember not to pour water directly on the face, as it may cause choking and other problems. And don’t turn back or take your eye from the baby, as there are chances of drowning in the tub. Make the bath time, an activity time more than bathing.

Bathing with Someone’s Assistance

Fill the bucket with the required amount of water. And let the water be one pot water and don’t change the temperature often as it may cause cold or baby won’t feel comfortable with different temperatures. Here, one person will lay the baby on their legs and another person will assist them by pouring water. After wetting the baby, apply soap(soap-hand-body) and rub well in all intimate areas. Turn the baby now and make him lie on his chest and now clean the back of the baby. Mostly, babies will enjoy this position, even a crying baby will stop his crying. At last, clean the face with a wiping method.

Head Bath

Either its tub bathing or with assistance bathing, one should be very careful while taking a head bath. Support the back and body of the baby and keep the head tilted backward and wet the head just by spilling the water and again don’t pour the water. Dilute the baby shampoo or herbal powder or whatever you prefer and apply little by little and massage the head in a circular motion. After that process, take the water in one hand by holding the baby on the other hand, slowly pour the water on the head and be careful it should enter the eyes, nose, or mouth.  Slightly tilt the head down than the body is more important. A sponge bath is enough if the baby doesn’t have hair on his head. The above method is helpful for mothers who are staying alone or nobody for help.

If you are bathing with someones assistance, then one person can cup the forehead of the baby with one hand parallel to other hand supporting the back and body while another person can bathe the head.

5. Bathing Intervals

Bathing daily is not essential to newborns and infants, according to Doctors. As they will not get dirty, its okay to cleanse the diaper areas alone. Excess exposure to soaps may dry the babies’ skin. You can have soap bath and water bath in alternate days. Applying lotions after bath may help the worst skin conditions. A daily bath is required only when the baby moves around and makes him dirty.

Tip: You may try milk bath which is more beneficial to skin.

6. Safety Tips

  1. Never put the baby while water is running inside the tub.
  2. Lay anti-slippery mat under the bathtub.
  3. Give a swirl to the water to remove hot or cold spots.
  4. Cut the nails after the bath. Nails soaked in water will be easy to cut and also will not hurt
  5. Use only baby products. In some cases, herbal products such as besan powder may cause rashes and dry out the skin very fast in some babies. So it’s essential to monitor the skin for the effects caused by the products we use.
  6. Never leave your baby even a second without your assistance as there are chances of drowning. Babies will drown even in 5cm of water.
  7. Keeping everything nearby is most important.
  8. Cupping the head while the head bath is very essential.
  9. Always keep the baby warm. Pat dry with a soft towel immediately after the bath.
  10. Follow the order while bathing, first body, face, and at last head.

7. Get Ready for Practical!

Finally, wrap the baby with our Herbal Baby’s bath towel which is so soft, and give your baby the touch of nature with our olive green towel. Ensure that you wipe the water as the improper wiping may cause some fungal infections. Since our towel has natural enzymes and neem infused towel has antibacterial properties, you can protect your baby from unnecessary illness.

Hope the lesson is so interesting, but practical will differ from theory. So be careful while performing practical lessons. Happy Bathing!!

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  1. Absolutely love this article! Bath time is such a special bonding moment for parents and kids, and using natural products makes it even more enjoyable. The little one's skin feels so soft and smooth after using the baby wash and lotion. Looking forward to more such articles in the future.

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