Bathing your baby

Tips for bath time with your baby.

Babies do not need a bath every day, bathing them more than once a day will dry out their skin. Keeping soap, shampoos and baths to a minimum can avoid irritating the skin and causing nappy rash. You can just wash your baby’s face and bottom when you need to.

Usually, babies enjoy bath time more when they are calm, after being fed. Stay with your baby at all times when they are in the bath; children can drown even in very shallow water in only a few seconds. The recommended bath temperature is about 36°C.

If your baby is unsettled, a bath may help make them feel better and help them go to sleep.

Image Parent wraps their baby in a towel and holds them after bath time

Published — 29 August 2016 Last updated — 04 November 2016

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