How often should I bathe my baby?
A bath 3 times per week is enough for a newborn up to a year old. Bathing your baby too often could dry out their skin. However, if your baby enjoys the water and it calms them down, once per day is fine.
Bathe your newborn baby for 3-5 minutes to avoid their skin drying up. Be sure to moisturise your baby’s skin after the bath to prevent dryness. You should also keep your baby’s nappy area clean during the week by using cotton wool and warm water.
What temperature should the water be?
Your baby’s bath water should be at 37 degrees, which is the human body temperature. If you don’t have a thermometer, you can use your elbow to test the water, which should feel neither cold nor hot.
Never put your baby in the bath when the water is still running. Young children’s skin can burn within a second of touching water at 60 degrees. Make sure you mix the water well to get rid of any hot spots.
How to dry your baby after a bath
Wrap your baby in a towel immediately – a hooded towel is also nice for extra warmth. Do not rub baby’s skin. Instead, pat gently until they are dry – make sure you dry within any folds in the skin, as trapped moisture can cause irritation.
You can take this time to gently massage your baby. This can help you to bond with your baby and soothe them before bedtime. Using a baby moisturiser, lightly rub their tummy, moving on to the legs and arms. Squeeze them gently, stopping if your baby cries or becomes restless.
Which bath toys are suitable for babies?
A popular favourite with mothers everywhere is Sophie the Giraffe. Originally a teething toy, the brand has branched out and created fun bath toys.
A great sensory toy is this Underwater Light Show. Your baby will be mesmerised by the lights and forget they are in the bath – perfect for mum and for baby!
Soft water and your baby’s bath
A water softener from Harvey Water Softeners can turn hard water into soft water, which is better for babies’ skin and hair. Soap lathers quickly with soft water and will rinse off more easily than hard water. The minerals in hard water can also cause dry skin, sometimes leading to skin conditions such as eczema, meaning that soft water is better for your baby’s long term skin health. Install a water softener into your home to protect your baby’s skin and see the differences in your skin and hair.
Find out how soft water can create a better experience for your baby’s skin and hair here.