Bathing Your Newborn: A Step-by-Step Guide

Bathing Your Newborn: A Step-by-Step Guide

Learn how to safely bathe your newborn with our comprehensive step-by-step guide, ensuring effective and gentle care during bath time.

Bathing your newborn can be a daunting task for new parents. You want to make sure you’re doing it safely and effectively, but you may not know where to start. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process step-by-step so you can confidently bathe your little one.


Before you begin, gather everything you need for the bath. You’ll need a clean towel, washcloth, mild baby soap, and a clean diaper and clothes for after the bath. You may also want to have a small plastic cup or jug to help rinse your baby.

Water Temperature

Fill the bathtub or sink with warm (not hot) water. You can test the water temperature with your elbow or a thermometer to make sure it’s not too hot. The ideal water temperature for a newborn bath is around 100.4°F (38°C).

Undressing Your Baby

Undress your baby completely, but keep the diaper on until you’re ready to wash their bottom. Hold your baby securely with one hand under their head and neck and the other supporting their bottom.

Washing Your Baby

Use a washcloth with a small amount of mild baby soap to gently clean your baby’s face, body, and scalp. Be sure to rinse the washcloth frequently and use a different section of the cloth for each body part. For the face, use a damp cloth without soap.

Washing Your Baby’s Hair

You can use the same mild baby soap to wash your baby’s hair. Gently massage the soap into their scalp and rinse with a cup or jug of water.


After washing your baby, use a cup or jug to rinse them thoroughly with warm water. Be sure to rinse away all soap residue, especially in skin folds.

Drying Your Baby

Use a clean, dry towel to gently pat your baby dry. Be sure to dry between all skin folds. You can also use a mild baby lotion or oil to moisturize their skin.

Diapering and Dressing Your Baby

After drying your baby, remove their diaper and clean their bottom with wipes or a damp washcloth. Then, put on a clean diaper and dress your baby in clean clothes.

In Conclusion

Bathing your newborn can be a special bonding experience for both you and your baby. By following these simple steps, you can safely and effectively bathe your little one. Remember to never leave your baby unattended in the bath and always keep a hand on them for support.


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