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Bathing your newborn

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New babies are so small and wriggly, all new parents can get a little nervous when it comes to bath time. But once you’ve got the hang of it and your baby is used to it, a bath can be really fun!

The main thing is to go slowly, and keep a close watch on your wee one. They might be a champion swimmer one day, but for now it’s best to play it safe. As long as the bath water stays warm, your baby will be fine – so take your time.

Top tips from parents

What the professionals say

Don't put your baby in the bath while the water is still running, as the water temperature can change very quickly and become too hot or cold. You also want to make sure they don’t get too cold once they’re out of the bath – wrap your baby in a dry towel and give them a cuddle for about 10 minutes before dressing them. And never take your eyes off them once they’re in the bath – even for just a second.

Common bath time questions

What if I have twins, triplets or more?

If you have more than one baby, the thought of bath time may be even more daunting. But don't worry, you'll soon get the hang of it!

If you don’t have a partner or they’re not around, don’t try to bathe your babies at the same time. It’s safer and easier to do one at a time, and have the other(s) wrapped up cosy beside you in their Baby Box. You can find more tips for bath time on the Twins Trust website.

More information

To find out more about bathing your baby, speak to your midwife or health visitor or get lots of advice at Ready Steady Baby.

Last updated: 27 Nov, 2023