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.
Common bath time questions
How often do I need to bathe my newborn?
There’s no need to give them a bath every day – a ‘top and tail’ wash will do to clean your baby’s face, neck and bottom.
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How do I bathe my baby?
You don’t need a bath - a basin or small baby bath works, and will be easier for you too. Make sure the water is lukewarm (by testing it with your elbow or bath thermometer) and the water is no more than 5 inches deep for babies under 6 months old. Take a look at Ready Steady Baby for some pointers.