Bathing a baby seemed like the most daunting thing in the world, pre-baby.
What if they drown? What if they don’t like it and keep crying? What if they slip off my hands?
However, once you have a baby, you will have to bath them whether you like it or not. No one else is going to bathe your baby for you.
I would like to share my way of bathing a baby as he seems to enjoy his bath.
I learned most of it from my confinement lady and made a few tweaks due to personal preference.
It is so easy really, I wonder why I was so nervous about it at first.
What you would need to bathe your baby:
- Baby bathtub – optional but it saves water compared to using a normal tub and is cleaner than using a sink
- Bath support – optional but it makes my life so much easier!
- Bath oil
- Towel – normal, thin towel measuring 30cm x 70cm
- Small cloth/handkerchief – optional
Please note that this is for newborn and young babies who have no neck control yet.
Step 1: Prepare bath
– Put bath support inside the baby bathtub.
– Fill the tub with warm water.
TIP – Fill water to slightly below shoulder level so that not too much of baby’s body parts are exposed to air (they might feel cold) but not too full that water will go into their ears.
Step 2: Put baby in bathtub
– Place baby into the bathtub.
TIP – Try to place baby slowly into the tub so that baby is not shocked from the sudden transition to the water. If the water is too cold or hot, the baby will probably cry out. Their face will be red or flushed after the bath if the water is too hot, so you will know to adjust it for the next time.
Step 3: Wet hair
– Wet the handkerchief and slowly squeeze the water to wet baby’s hair.
– Again, ‘slowly’ is the keyword, we don’t want to shock them.
Step 4: Wipe mouth
– Wrap the damp handkerchief (squeeze to remove water) around your fingers.
– Rub it against baby’s upper and lower gums to clean them.
– You can rub their tongue as well.
Step 5: Use bath oil
– I was recommended QV Bath Oil as it’s meant to be good and gentle for baby’s sensitive skin.
– I like it because 1) I can use it for both hair and body 2) I just have to rinse off rather than using another clean tub of water to wash off
TIP – One capful measures 5mL. Add 5mL to baby’s bath and bathe for 5 to 10 minutes.
Step 6: Wash hair
– Using half a cap, mix with water and apply on baby’s head to wash hair.
– Make sure you wash the back of his head too.
– Add remaining half a cap to the bathtub.
Step 6: Rinse-Off Bath Oil From Hair
– Wet the handkerchief and slowly squeeze the water to wet baby’s hair while using the other hand to rinse off bath oil.
Step 7: Wash Body
– Using your hands, splash water to wet baby’s body.
– You can either clean their bodies by gently rubbing with your hand or by using the handkerchief.
– Make sure you reach his neck and behind his ears.
TIP – You will note that the water is a bit murky from the bath oil. This is normal. Do avoid splashing this water into baby’s eyes and mouth though.
Step 8: Wash Hands and Feet
– Sometimes the baby’s hands and feet might be out of the water so it is important to wash them specifically by rubbing them in water.
– Remember to wash their armpits and any folds in their hands and legs as well.
– Don’t forget to wash their private parts too!
TIP – Putting the handkerchief on top of their body helps them keep warm and not leave them exposed to the air.
Step 9: Play Time
– Depending on your baby, they might want to spend a little more time in the bath.
– You can sing some songs to them while splashing water onto their body to keep them warm.
Step 10: Dry Baby
– Put the towel over your thighs. I make sure that the shorter end (30%) is enough to dry my baby’s head and the longer end (70%) is enough to wrap around his body from his legs.
– Carry baby out of the bath and wipe them.
– Keep them covered in the towel while you carry them out to keep warm. It also helps to hug baby as well for that extra warmth and comfort.
TIP – You don’t have to wipe them too much, just enough so that they don’t feel cold. You can make sure that they are 100% dry in the next step.
Step 11: Apply Lotion
– Wipe baby until they are 100% dry. Areas that are easy to miss are their ears, neck, and folds.
– Apply lotion to face and body.
– I like Cetaphil as it is gentle enough for babies. I also noticed a huge difference in my baby’s skin (softer and moisturised) vs using olive oil previously. He had dry spots on his face, hands, and feet while I was using olive oil but they disappeared just 1 day after applying Cetaphil!
TIP – I used olive oil to moisturise my baby as I thought it would be milder since it is edible and chemical free but boy was I wrong!
Voila, you’re done!
That wasn’t too bad, was it?
The only part that I dislike is filling my baby bathtub with my shower head as it takes about 3-5 minutes and I usually have to stand there to make sure that the water level and temperature is optimum.
Do you have an easier way to bath your baby?
Till next time, xoxo!