Dos And Don’ts You Should Keep In Mind When Bathing Your Little One

Handling a soapy, slippery, and wet newborn requires confidence and practice, so you should stay calm and have a firm grip.

Many parents fret about giving the first bath to their newborns. The fear is obvious because baths generally pose a hazard to the safety and well-being of your infant, if not done correctly; so you must do it with utmost gentleness and care. Here are some dos and don’ts you should keep in mind when bathing your infant.

Don’t add cleaning products to the water

You don’t need to add any cleaning products like body wash or washing liquid to the clean bathing water. Lukewarm water is all you need to keep your little one clean and fresh everyday.

Do use a changing mat

Quickly carry out the act of top and tail on your infant, but always remember to place them on a changing mat. To avoid the hazard of your little one rolling over, you should ideally place the mat on the floor.

Don’t leave your infant unsupervised in the bath

You should not leave your newborn unsupervised in the tub, even for a second. If the phone or doorbell rings and you have no choice but to answer it, take your little one out of the tub, wrap them in a dry towel and carry them with you.

Do be careful with their eyes and ears

You should ensure that no amount of water is getting into your infant’s eyes, mouth and ears while you are cleaning their face with a wet sponge, as it might irritate them.

Don’t place your newborn in the tub with the tap still running

Never place your infant into a tub while the water is still running. You should avoid this, as the water might quickly get too warm or too deep for your baby.

Do bathe your baby in a small tub

A small tub will let you easily control the ideal temperature of the water for your infant’s bath. When adjusting and preparing your little one’s bath water, begin with adding cool water first and then slowly add warm water to it. Properly mix the water and wait until it feels warm and not hot.

Always remember to test the temperature of the water by dipping your elbow to feel its warmth before bathing your baby. You may also use a thermometer designed for testing bath water.

You should pick a place where you are comfortable showering your baby and always gather your supplies in advance for a hassle-free and safe shower-time experience.


Satavisha hails from the city of joy, Kolkata. She took up writing as my profession amid the pandemic when the world was at a standstill. Here, she acquired a balance between her passion for writing and sharing various ideas and facts through her stories.
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