When Should You First Bathe A Newborn

Bathing a newborn can be an intimidating task – but it doesn’t have to be! This blog post will answer all of your questions and show you how to take care of your baby in the bath. Whether you’re just starting out or are looking for some new tricks, this guide by A Date With Baby is perfect for anyone who needs help bathing their newborn. Now let’s see when should you first bathe a newborn.

When should you first bathe a newborn

When Should You First Bathe A Newborn?

There is no set rule for when you should first bathe a newborn. The sooner, the better! In fact, it’s best to start washing your baby immediately after birth if possible. It helps prevent infection and promotes bonding with mommy or daddy from day one! If this isn’t an option at the hospital where you have just delivered, it’s okay to wait a little while before washing your baby. Just make sure you ask the nurses if there are any concerns or instructions for when and how often you should bathe your new bundle of joy. The nurses in the most hospital usually give the baby a bath or at least use soapy water and a washcloth to clean them soon after delivery.

After the first bath, most parents choose to wash their newborns once daily during their hospital stay (and immediately after each diaper change, if possible). If you’re at home, this practice will help keep your newborn comfortable and healthy.

Though some physicians recommend daily full-body baths for babies during their stay in the hospital (and after each diaper change once mommy or daddy is taking care of the baby), others say to limit bathing to sponge baths until your little one has gone home.

The best way to know when the time is right for your baby’s first full-body bath at home is by talking with her pediatrician. Until then, feel free to give her a sponge bath after each diaper change so she stays clean and fresh! 

How To Bathe A Newborn?

It is essential to always use gentle cleaners when bathing a newborn. This ensures that the baby will not suffer any irritations or rashes, but it also means you should avoid scented soaps and shampoos unless they are specifically labeled as “hypoallergenic” for babies with sensitive skin. It’s recommended that you bathe your newborn baby regurarly as it can help to prevent illness and ensure that they remain clean.

Below are some general guidelines for bathing a newborn:

Take care when using the bathroom, bathtub, or shower. Don’t use harsh chemicals near the area where you will be cleaning your baby. Make sure their head is supported and they are held securely at all times. Never leave a baby unattended in the bathtub or shower.

Prepare everything you will need before starting: towels, washrags, and soaps/shampoo (you may want to use “washcloths” for babies as these tend to be softer than regular washcloths). Wash your hands first.

Run warm water into the bathtub or shower and test it with a thermometer to ensure that the temperature is not too hot for the baby. Don’t pour water over their head, but instead use wet washrags on their body.

Gently remove any dirt on the skin using your fingers (a soft brush can be used for this purpose as well). Use a mild soap or baby shampoo and apply it to the washrag. You can also add some warm water to help create a good lather before applying the soapy water onto your newborn’s skin.

Make sure you rinse all of the soap off their body thoroughly (you may want to wash again with clear water) you can use any lotions or creams that are labeled for babies (preferably avoid using products with fragrances, dyes, and lanolin).

Wrap them up in a towel after the bath. Make sure you dry off their head and neck carefully, paying special attention to the creases (e.g., diaper area). Pat them down with a towel if necessary, but make sure they are completely dried before dressing them.

Do not use shampoo on their face as it can cause irritation, but instead wash behind the ears with a wet cloth. It’s also possible to clean inside the ears, but this should be done with care.

Also make sure that you:

  • Always wash your hands after bathing your baby
  • Don’t leave babies unattended in the tub or in the shower.
  • Always make sure that you are holding your baby securely when bathing or else they may fall and suffer injuries.
  • Check the temperature of the water before you place your baby in the bathtub or shower
  • Make sure that their head is supported. You can purchased specially designed support floating devices to make sure the baby’s head is always protected.
  • Do not use shampoo on their face as it can cause irritation, but instead wash behind the ears with a wet cloth. It’s also possible to clean inside the ears, but this should be done with care.

How To Bathe A Newborn Baby (With Umbilical Cord)?

Keep the umbilical cord dry. This is because it will heal quickly if kept clean and dry. Be sure that you rinse all of the shampoos off completely before drying him/her with a soft towel or diaper cloths. Do not rub his/her skin dry.

After bathing your newborn, apply a small amount of baby oil to his/her scalp and rub it in well with the tips of your fingers. This will prevent cradle cap from occurring on his/her head. Just remember not to use too much because this can make their hair greasy.

Once your baby is clean and dry, put him/her in a diaper only (no clothes) for about 30 minutes so that his or her skin can air out. This will prevent rashes from occurring when they are exposed to moisture on their skin after the bath. Remember not to use powder because it could cause breathing problems.

Do not use lotions or talcum powder on your baby’s skin for the first month because it could cause respiratory problems and/or breathing issues. You may then dress him or her in a clean cotton onesie if desired. This will keep your baby warm.

Bathing a newborn is not difficult when you know the right things to do and how long to wait before dressing them in clothes or putting socks on their feet after they have been cleaned up. Remember that babies cannot regulate their body temperature very well at first so it’s important for parents to keep this in mind when bathing them.

What Is Proper Baby Bath Temperature?

The ideal water temperature for a baby is at about 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 Celsius.  It’s best to test the bath water with your wrist under the running tap before putting in your infant, because his/her skin can be more sensitive than yours. If it feels too warm, then you should add some cold water into the tub to get the right temperature.

If you think that your baby is cold, then put him/her in a little bit of room-temperature water to warm up his or her body before adding more hot water into the tub for bathing. Also make sure not to touch your child with wet hands because this can also lower their skin’s temperature.

Finally, make sure that the water level is low enough to be able to touch and pick up your baby with one hand.  This will help prevent accidents from happening like slipping or falling into the bathtub. If you think it’s too high for comfort, then simply remove some of the water inside with a cup or pitcher before placing your infant inside.

How Often To Bathe 2 Month Old Baby?

When it comes to how often you should bathe your baby, there is no hard and fast rule. However, you will want to make sure that you are not bathing them too often as this can dry out their skin which may lead to further problems down the road. You also do not want to go too long between baths because this could cause bacteria growth or build up on the skin.

As a general rule of thumb, you will want to bathe your baby once every other day until they are about one month old. Between the ages of one and three months, this can be reduced down to twice per week or just as often as needed. After age three months, it is usually safe to jump back up to bathing your baby once per day.

This is just a general rule that you can go off of, but if your child has sensitive skin or any kind of physical issues, they may need to be bathed more often than this. You will also want to make sure that you are using proper products for their skin type and know exactly how much soap or shampoo to use.

Both babies and older children can develop skin conditions, infections or rashes if they are not washed frequently enough. If these types of issues do arise then it is important that you take your child into the dermatologist for treatment as soon as possible in order to prevent any further problems from occurring. Keeping this schedule will help ensure that your child is being cared for properly.

If you have any questions about how often to bathe your baby, it is best that you speak with their pediatrician before doing so on your own. They will be able to provide more detailed information based upon the specific needs of your child and help guide you in choosing a proper bathing schedule or routine.


It is important to understand the needs of your newborn when it comes time for their first bath. The best way to learn about these needs is by reading our ultimate guide on bathing a new baby. We hope this article has been helpful and that you are able to take away something valuable, whether you’re looking into how often or what temperature is best for your little one. With all the information at hand, we can safely say that taking care of your child in his/her early years will be an absolute breeze!

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