How to Bathe a Newborn Baby

Bathing a newborn can be a super special bonding activity—if you’re properly prepared. We’re here to set you up for success. Keep reading to find out what you'll need to set up your baby's bath and a few products that will make the process easy and fun.

Here's what we will cover:

  • Newborn Bath Tubs
  • Bath Temperature
  • Kneeling Pads
  • Faucet Covers
  • Baby Shampoo & Body Wash
  • Rinsers

Pro Parent tip: Have everything you need in the bathroom ready to go before you start the process.

Choosing a Baby Bath Tub

Baby Bath Tub

First things first, you’re going to need an infant bathtub for comfort and support. You want one that folds or hangs when not in use, and we love when it grows with your child. Bonus points if it’s easy on the eyes.

What Temperature Should a Baby Bath Be?

Floating Duck Thermometer

Make sure the room and water temperature are just right so baby doesn’t get fussy. The room should be between 70 and 80 degrees, and the water should be right around 100 degrees. A thermometer takes the guesswork (i.e. stress) out of it, especially when it alerts you when the water is too hot or cold.

Kneeling Pads

Baby Bath Kneeling Pad

Your comfort is key too. A cushioned kneeler (the more padding, the better) will make the whole experience much more enjoyable, and you’ll use it for years to come.

Faucet Covers

Baby Bath Fawcett Cover

It’s easy to bonk a head when picking up a wet, squirmy baby out of the bath. Take accidents off the table with a spout safety cover. Cushiness is important, but how it fits on your spout is even more so.

Baby Soap and Shampoo

California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo & Bodywash

When it’s time to clean from head to toe, and between all those baby rolls, you’ll need a gentle, natural soap and a super soft washcloth. You want to avoid fragrances, dyes, sulfates, parabens, and phthalates. And a one-handed pump is key (the other is on the baby).

Rinse & Repeat

Munchkin Shampoo Rinser

Now it’s time to wash that shampoo right outta baby’s hair. You’ll need a soft rinser with a contoured rim to keep soap out of your little’s eyes. Rest gently against their forehead and pour.