Bathing Baby

Bathing your baby too often will cause dry skin. Many doctors recommend sponge baths until the umbilical cord falls off, and then bathing one to three times a week with warm water and a soft cloth. 

Baby getting a bath

When using a tub or sink:

  • Collect everything you may need to bathe your baby before you begin.
  • Make sure the room is nice and warm.
  • Place a towel or large sponge under your baby to keep him from slipping from your grasp. Use only 2 or 3 inches of water. 
  • Wait until the bath water is completely ready before undressing your baby so he won’t get chilled.
  • Wash your baby’s face and eyes first before putting him in the tub to prevent eye infections. 
  • Use mild soap sparingly to avoid dry skin. Wash your baby’s scalp with a wet, soapy cloth. You will need to wash your baby’s hair with shampoo only once a week. 
  • Rinse your baby thoroughly with a clean soft cloth or sponge.
  • Wrap your baby in a towel and pat him dry.
  • Never leave your baby alone in the sink or tub even for a second.