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Bathing Safety Guide

Bathing your baby needn’t be daunting. Just watch our how-to video, or follow this simple step-by-step guide.


Your baby’s bath time should be an uninterrupted and enjoyable part of your day. Like baby massage, it can be an excellent way to relax your baby, to help prepare her for bedtime.

You don’t really need to bathe your baby everyday – your midwife or health visitor may recommend bathing your newborn just two to three times per week, increasing frequency as baby gets older.

However, you should wash her face and hands at least twice a day with a gentle baby cleanser like soap-free, hypoallergenic JOHNSON’S® Baby TOP-TO-TOE® Wash, and keep her nappy area clean and protected with a baby jelly or barrier cream after every nappy change. Your baby’s bath time should be uninterrupted and enjoyable, so if you’ve had a busy, hectic day, sit down for a few minutes and relax first.

It’s always best to bathe your baby before a feed, as long as she’s not too hungry. Bathing your baby too soon after a feed may make her uncomfortable. And remember, it’s important that you never leave your baby alone in the bath!

How to bath your baby

You may want to bathe your infant in a small plastic baby bath placed in the full size bath to make it easier to hold your baby. Now, let the splashing fun begin!
Start with only a few centimeters of warm (not hot) water – the ideal water temperature is 37 °C. Swirl water with your hand to make sure there are no hot spots, and always double check the water temperature with the inside of your wrist before you place your baby in the water.
Using one arm to gently support your baby’s back, head and neck, gently place her in the baby bath. Continue to support her using one arm while bathing her with the other.
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