Tip: Bathing your Baby
From: Gemma O’Hare
Our baby expert Gemma O’Hare answers all your questions about baby bath-time.
How often should I bath my baby?
The frequency of your baby’s baths is really down to how much they enjoy being in the water. Three times a week should be enough to keep them clean as long as you regularly clean your baby’s face and their nappy area after each change.
Many parents find that bathing their baby is a lovely, relaxing experience that calms them and aids sleep, as well as encouraging bonding between parent and child. It’s for these reasons that lot of parents end up bathing their babies every day. Bath-time becomes part of the bedtime routine – signaling to them that it’s almost time to go to sleep.
Bathing them daily is fine, but it’s worth bearing in mind that this can be quite drying for their skin, especially for newborns, so make sure you’re using gentle soaps and try to limit baths to every other day if you’re in a hard water area.
Where should I bath my baby?
Until your baby can sit upright, it’s probably best to use a small baby bath rather than the big tub. It’s easier to keep them from sliding around and better for your back too as you don’t have to lean over as much.
When the time comes, transitioning to the big bathtub can sometimes be unsettling for little ones who are used to having you close and bathing within a more confined space. A good tip to start with is putting the baby bath into the bath, so they get used to being in there.
There are baby bath seats, rubber mats and sponge bath bases that can all help to support your little one as they bathe.
How do I bath my baby safety?
You should never leave your baby alone in the bath, not even for a few minutes. The same goes for older children, as it can only take a few seconds for a child to get into trouble. If something happens elsewhere in the house that needs your attention (somebody at the door, a phone call or somebody needs you urgently) you should always take your child out of the bath, wrap them up warm and take them with you.
Planning ahead is a big part of bath safety, if you have everything you need there are less reasons to leave the room (and your child). So, make sure you have everything you need before you put your baby in the water. This includes, towel, mild soap, sponge, nappy, wipes, cotton pads and change of clothes.
Happy bathing, if you ever have any further questions please do ask, or if you would like us to feature a topic in this section all suggestions are welcome.