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
Pro Parent tip: Have everything you need in the bathroom ready to go before you start the process.
Choosing a 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?
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.
Baby Soap and Shampoo
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).