Bathing Your Baby
Boys Town Pediatrics
Before the umbilical cord falls off or if it's a boy, before his circumcision is completely healed, it's a good idea to just do sponge baths. So, not actually submerging the bay in any water but just getting a warm wash cloth or sponges. It doesn't always have to involve soap and if you want to clean them up doing that on a towel or a hard surface.
Once the cord has fallen off or the circumcision has healed then you can start putting the baby in a little bit of water. Obviously, little babies can't sit themselves up in the bath so often it's easier to have the little buckets or the little basin tubs and put two or three inches of water in there.
Make sure the water heater in your home or building where you're living isn't set above 120 degrees. Anything above that, you would run the risk of scalding from coming in contact with too hot of water.
Besides that I just tell parents to test the water first and make sure it feels like something that would be comfortable and ok for you and most of the time it will be fine for your baby.
In terms of bathing products, again, it kind of varies baby to baby. In general, I recommend using mild soaps and shampoos, ideally, unscented and hypo-allergenic products.
Usually it's easier when they are able to somewhat sit up on their own. The important thing would be to make sure you're always within arm's reach of the baby at every second during that bath because any baby can slip and fall over.
Most babies, even in that first full year of life, don't get so dirty. So they usually don't need a daily bath and doing that can definitely dry out their skin. I usually tell people, two to three times a week is probably sufficient. Obviously there will be days when your baby needs a bath and that's fine. Again, it kind of varies, babies with more severe eczema or drier skin probably should bathe less frequently if possible. Babies that don't have that as an issue could probably get away with doing it a bit more.
Bathing your baby can be a great experience but there are things you should know before putting a baby in the tub. Learn advice and tips on bathing your baby.