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The Ultimate Guide to Bathing a Newborn: Tips and Tricks for New Parents

Bringing your newborn home from the hospital and giving them their first bath can be an understandably nerve-wracking experience, especially for first-time parents. However, with the right know-how and advice, you can alleviate any anxiety. In this post, we are here to help prepare you step by step. We will provide you with essential information and a list of items to boost your confidence and make bathing your newborn a breeze!

Supplies you'll want on hand! Prepare with all the necessary supplies. You'll need:

  • A newborn bathtub or basin with warm water
  • Fragrance-free, mild, organic baby soap
  • A soft towel (clean)
  • A washcloth in warm water (clean)
  • Cotton balls (for cleaning eyes)
  • A change of clothes
  • A clean diaper


You'll want to set it to the right temperature.

Maintaining the water temperature during the bath is crucial. Always test the water with your wrist or elbow. We recommend keeping the water between 98-100 degrees Fahrenheit. A bath thermometer can help ensure the water is at the right temperature.


Choose the Right Time

Newborns don't require daily baths. Bathing them two to three times a week is adequate. However, certain areas may need daily cleaning. Rinsing the diaper area daily can also help prevent irritation and diaper rash.


Prepare Your Baby

Before undressing your newborn, ensure a warm room environment. Have everything prepared, including clean clothes and a diaper. Once you reach the basin or bathtub, expose the part to be washed, keeping the rest covered.


Start with the Face

Use a warm, wet washcloth or cotton ball to clean your child's face. When cleaning the eyes, start with the corner of the eye and wipe outward. Use a different washcloth or cotton ball for each eye.


Clean the Ears

Only clean what you can see on the outer ear.


Wash the Hair

Support your baby's neck and head while washing their hair with a small amount of shampoo.


Bathe the Body

To bathe your newborn's body, gently lower them into the bathtub or basin, ensuring you keep their head and neck supported. Use a small amount of mild soap and wash from the neck down. Be mindful of all the folds.


Final Rinse and Dry

After washing, rinse them thoroughly. Lift them out of the bathtub and dry immediately, especially in the folds and creases.



Now that your baby is dry, dress them in clean clothes or pajamas.


Practice makes perfect! Always prioritize your baby's safety. As time passes, you will develop your routine and technique. Enjoy this bonding experience!