A baby’s delicate skin needs special care. Not only do you want to make sure the clothes they wear are soft against their skin, but you also want to make sure any products used on their skin are gentle enough. This means that knowing how to bathe a baby properly and with the best baby bath products is essential for any soon-to-be parents.
Here we provide you with all you need to know about bathing your baby so both you and baby can relax and enjoy the experience.
How often to bathe a baby
First things first – you don’t need to bathe your baby properly every day. Instead, ‘top and tailing’ them each day is enough to keep them clean. All this involves is simply washing their face, neck, hands, and bottom carefully without getting them in an actual tub.
Hold your baby on your knee or on a changing mat and wipe each area with cotton wool gently dipped in a bowl of warm water. Always use a fresh cotton wool ball for each area so as not to transfer any infections or germs. Dry your baby gently with a soft towel before putting on a clean nappy and clean clothes, if necessary.
How to bathe a baby
When bath day does come around, here are some tips to help you take care of your baby’s delicate skin while bathing them.
1) Water temperature
Fill a baby bath or clean washing-up bowl with a few inches of warm water. The water shouldn’t feel hot or cold – it should be comfortably warm. To check the temperature, dip your elbow in the water. You should also swirl the water around with your hand so there are no hot spots.