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Bath time for your baby!

Baby in tub with mom washing him

Newborns need baths every 2 to 3 days. Use mild baby soaps and shampoos. You can give your baby a sponge bath or you could do the bath in a baby bathtub or sink. 


• Place your baby on a flat surface. 

• Undress your baby and wrap in a towel. 

• Dip a washcloth in water to gently wipe eyes. 

• Use a soapy cloth to clean the rest of your baby's body. Clean between skin folds. Keep the rest of your baby’s body wrapped in a towel so he or she doesn't get cold.

• Wash the diaper area last. That’s to keep from spreading germs. 

• Rinse your baby off and pat dry. 


• Fill a small tub or sink with 2 to 3 inches of warm water. Check temperature so it's not too hot or too cold. 

• Support your baby’s head with one hand and use the other hand to hold your baby’s body as you place him/her in the tub feet first. 

• Pour warm water so your baby doesn’t get cold. 

• Wash face gently with plain water. 

• Wash body with soapy water. 

• Use baby shampoo. Avoid your baby’s eyes. 

• Wash the diaper area last. 

• Rinse with plain water. 

• Wrap with a towel and pat dry. 

• Remember to always keep your eyes on your child in and around water, and don't let yourself be distracted. 

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