You can give your newborn a bath in a small plastic bath or even in the kitchen sink. The kitchen sink might be easiest in the first few weeks. A plastic baby bath is probably easier once your baby gets bigger. You can bath your baby in any room that’s warm, safe and clean – it doesn’t have to be a bathroom.
Where do you bathe a newborn?
You can clean their head, body, and diaper area. This is the safest way to bathe your baby until their umbilical cord falls off. Once the cord has fallen off on its own, you can begin bathing your baby by submerging their body in a shallow bath.
When is best to bathe a newborn?
It’s up to you when to first bathe your newborn baby, but you might prefer to wait a few days. Until then, it’s enough to carefully wash your newborn’s face, neck hands and bottom (‘topping and tailing’) once a day.
Can I leave my newborn while I shower?
It’s usually fine to leave a young baby alone in her crib while you take a quick shower, for example, but this doesn’t apply to swings and bouncy seats, which aren’t as safe. (If you’re really nervous, you can always tote baby in her car seat into the bathroom with you.)
How do you clean a newborn’s tongue?
To clean your baby’s tongue and gums correctly, you should:
- Make a habit of cleaning after feeding.
- Gently cradle your baby in one arm during the cleaning.
- Use a damp gauze or washcloth, or a silicone baby tongue cleaner.
- Gently massage their gums, tongue, and inner cheeks.
Should I wash my baby’s face everyday?
You don’t need to bathe your baby every day, but you should wash their face, neck, hands and bottom carefully every day. This is often called ‘topping and tailing’. Choose a time when your baby is awake and content. Make sure the room is warm.
What temperature should a bath be for a newborn?
A bath temperature of 98.6°F (between 37°C and 38°C) is best for most babies. This temperature also helps them feel calmer and relax.
How long should you delay baby’s first bath?
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends delaying baby’s first bath until 24 hours after birth—or waiting at least 6 hours if a full day isn’t possible for cultural reasons.
Can you get the umbilical cord wet?
Keep the front of your baby’s diaper folded down to avoid covering the stump. Stick with sponge baths. While there’s no harm in getting the stump wet, sponge baths might make it easier to keep the stump dry. Let the stump fall off on its own.
Can I shower while my baby sleeps?
Start when your baby is sleeping safely in her crib. You can bring the baby monitor into the bathroom with you so you’ll know if she wakes up. Of course, it’s not always possible to coordinate showers with nap time. If you need to wash up while your baby is awake, take her with you into the bathroom.
When can a newborn be away from its mother?
Between 4 and 9 months is actually the overnighter sweet spot. Before that, your baby may still be perfecting breastfeeding, waking up a lot at night, and bonding with you and Dad, which makes it a less-than-ideal time to leave her with a sitter. Wait too long and you’ll have a new set of problems.
Where should baby sleep for first few months?
The current recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics is to keep your swaddled baby right by your bed, in a bassinet, crib or cosleeper for the first 6 months of life.