5 Super Savvy Tips for Bathing Your Baby

Last Updated on August 15, 2015

 5 Super Savvy Tips for Bathing Your Baby

That first bath is always extra special but at only 3 lbs at birth, Keira’s first bath was given as a bed bath by a nurse.  The first bath I gave her was in a tiny tub in the level 3 NICU and I was carefully watched over and guided by a nurse. Fast forward nearly two years and I once again missed Ava‘s first bath because of one leg I couldn’t stand on after her birth.  Instead my sister went and gave her that bath and documented it with fabulous pictures.

Of course the first bath in the hospital is a whole different ball game from the first bath at home.  No matter how big or small, learning to bathe your new baby can be a little scary even for experienced parents – there’s a lot to juggle and of course you want to keep your little one safe. But as long you’re properly prepared, bath time can be a great bonding experience and a whole lot of fun! Disney Baby has some great tips on how to protect and pamper your little one in the tub, and some adorable products to help you to do it! From towels and toys to cleansers and creams, Disney Baby has you covered.


Tip #1: Start small

Your baby is little, so his bathtub should be too! When you start bathing a baby, it’s easier to do it in the sink, or using a small plastic tub. That way, you won’t have to kneel or lean awkwardly over the side of a big bath while keeping your baby upright.  Some baby tubs feature built-in toys, ensuring that bath time is fun for everyone!

Tip #2: Get some tub toys

For older babies, the bath can be a great place to learn and explore. Once your little one has graduated to a big tub, introduce them to some squirt toys, fun floaties or sponges.  Toys can keep your baby distracted and happy, helping make bath time a breeze.

Tip #3: Ditch the daily dips

Babies don’t need to bathe everyday – in fact, daily baths can dry out or damage your little one’s skin. It only takes two or three baths a week to ensure that baby stays squeaky-clean, as long as you stay vigilant about keeping face, hands and diaper area clean between washes.  

Tip #4: Lock in that moisture

If your baby does have dry skin, rub on a little moisturizing lotion, cream or oil post bath. There are plenty of products out there that both you and your baby can use!

Tip #5: Keep baby warm

Wet babies can become easily chilled, so throughout bath time it’s important to keep your little one warm. Ensure that bath water is around 37 degrees and that the air in the bathroom is comfortably warm as well. After the bath, wrap baby up in a soft, clean towel and give him a little snuggle!  A hooded towel keeps baby feeling cozy and looking cute.


What are your favourite tips for bathing a baby?


105 thoughts on “5 Super Savvy Tips for Bathing Your Baby

  1. calming and softly talk to them,And take it slow every washing lower them a bit lower in the water.Be patient

  2. sing to them or talk in a gentle voice as you bath them and definitely don’t let that deter you from bathing them as often as you like. Sometimes it just takes them time to get used to the bath/water

  3. I lower baby slowly into the water and maintain as much physical contact as possible. Speak soothingly to baby.

  4. Slowly introduce them to the water, starting off with sponge baths and gradually adding more water to the tub. Talk to them while you are doing the bath.

  5. Ear Plugs..lol…put them into the water slowly and keep calm yourself, babies can sense when your stressing also

  6. Both of my kids love bathtime, so I don’t really have too much advice.. I’d say try to distract them as much as possible with toys.

  7. Make sure the water is an appropriate temperature (thermometers are a help as we often tend to like water hotter than babies). If baby really seems distressed, try giving a bath outside of the tub, keeping the baby mostly wrapped an unwrapping only the parts you are cleaning.

  8. hold the baby with one arm while slowly getting them used to the water, talk softly and get the job done quickly until they get more comfortable in the water

  9. I found that putting a warm washcloth over the baby’s middle was almost like her being “clothed” so she didn’t hate it so much. I also got it over with as quickly as possible. Luckily, she only hated it for a brief time.

  10. My hint would be to use a sleeping bag and only partially unclothe the baby. That way they feel safe.
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  11. I smiled and made them giggle with tickles to distract them…. next thing they knew , they were in the nice warm water.

  12. If they hate water make sure the water is warm and go in and out quick. Then soothe them afterwards,

  13. My tip is to distract them with toys, bubbles, singing etc – whatever engages them and takes their mind off the bath itself.

  14. let them splash with their hand first,,, then slowly add a little more and more with then safely on you in the bath,,, comfort in mothers arms

  15. Have everything ready and play some music during bathtime. Don’t make it take too long and be sure to talk in a soft voice with your baby.

  16. I use a warm cloth under baby and slowly lower Baby into the water with the cloth under. I then put the warm water slowly over baby with my hand gently touching baby all the time while bathing.

  17. Try taking them in the bath with you, orif that is not an option use a small amount of water in the baby tub

  18. Try a different water temperature. My son hated baths when he was a baby, but it turns out he didnt like warm water, he liked it rather cool, so once I had a slightly cooler bath water, he was fine!

  19. it really depends on the age, at 3, if my DD hated water, I’d make it fun! put a bin of water in the bath and let her sit naked (and dry) and shplash in the water (like a water table) I’d wash her that way — sneak in some scrubbing while shes busy playing

  20. With my niece I used a small pool at first and made it a happy thing, after a few times it was okay!

  21. I usually sing a song about bathtime to distract and calm my baby. I wash arms and legs first, body next and lastly, the head so my baby doesn’t get too cold.

  22. Get in the bath or shower with them and hold them close while they get clean. Rub their back and speak in soothing tones.

  23. We kept a hoodie towel on our little one’s head when bathing him. After we washed his hair we put it back on. It seemed to help. I think he just didn’t like the chill in the air.

  24. I really don’t have any new tips on babies who don’t like bath water. I guess I was lucky – it was hard to get mine out of the bath. Just be gentle and make it fun time with music or toys. thank you

  25. I talked softly to my babies all during their bath. After a while, the little one would babble back to me and laugh. It is a wonderful time to completely relax and bond. I loved all your tips.

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