Bathtime with your little one is an extra special time for bonding. As a new parent, bathtime safety is likely to be at the forefront of your mind, so we’ve put together a guide to make sure bathtimes are safe, fun and enjoyable for all.
How often should I bathe my baby?
Babies don’t need to be bathed every day. Since newborns don’t move around much, they don’t tend to get dirty or sweaty. Plus excessive bathing can contribute to skin conditions like eczema. The optimum frequency you should bathe your newborn is 2-3 times per week. In between bathing you can top and tail: basically washing your little one from head to toe with a warm damp sponge or flannel, concentrating on their face, neck, hands and bottom.
When should I bathe my baby?
Every child is different when it comes to a prefered bathing routine. Some babies find bathtimes stressful, while others find it calming. If your baby tends to relax in the bath, then making it part of your evening routine is ideal. For safety reasons, it’s important not to bathe your newborn when they are tired, hungry or right after feeding.
What’s the best way to give my baby a bath?
Prepare your bathroom in advance for bathtime by closing the windows, putting the toilet seat down and gathering everything you need. Make sure the ambient room temperature is pleasant – it shouldn’t be too different to the bath temperature. The best water temperature to bathe a newborn is 37°C, so make the room around 27°C.
You can use this nifty room and bath thermometer to keep you on track.
What equipment do I need?
A bath support gives your baby something comfortable and safe to sit in whilst you bathe them. The Babymoov Aquasoft Bath Support is ergonomically designed for comfort, plus the suction cup keeps it secure. Alternatively, you could use a portable baby bath, like this model from My Child which is compact and lightweight.
A rinsing cup can come in handy and a shampoo eye shield will prevent any irritated eyes. Once you’ve scooped your little one out the bath, wrap them in a super soft hooded towel to dry them and keep them warm. We love the Clair de Lune Hooded Towel in 100 percent cotton.
What products should I use?
Many parents prefer to use natural products on their baby’s skin. Newborn skin can be particularly sensitive so try to select products which are free from perfume and alcohol. Check out the Aleva Naturals range which contains soothing oatmeal and aloe vera.
What bathtime games and toys are best?
Introducing toys and games to your bathtime routine can make it a happy, pleasant time for all involved. There are so many adorable bathtime accessories to choose from – like these cute Badabulle Forest Animal Bath Toys, or the playful Badabulle Bath Book and Racoon Puppet. Who said bathtime had to be boring?
How can I keep my baby safe during bathtime?
Aside from what we’ve already mentioned, two of the biggest things you can do to keep baby safe during bathtimes are to avoid distractions and never leave your baby unattended. Sadly, each year ¼ of all drowning deaths of children under 5 years occur in a bath, and babies can drown in just 3cm of water. So keep all your attention focused completely on your little one, ignore the front door, your telephone and any other distractions.
Babies grow up so quickly, so enjoy every moment of bathtime with your newborn.