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First Baby Bath: How to bathe a newborn baby

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First Baby Bath: How to bathe a newborn baby

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Baby bath time can feel a little daunting for any new parent! Take a look at our tips on how to bathe a newborn baby.

Although there are a lot of important tips and tricks to bathing newborn babies, the most important thing is that you and your baby enjoy the process! To help get you started, have a read of our baby bath tips:

How often should I give my baby a bath?

It is recommended that you bathe your baby 2 to 3 times a week. However, with that said, it is absolutely okay to bathe them every day, provided that you don’t use harsh soaps as they can dry out your baby's skin and cause irritation. Instead, we recommend using a gentler option such as our nourishing VATÉA Dreamy Baby Organic Wash. If you and your baby enjoy the experience, then bath time can be soothing and relaxing for you both.

When should I give my baby a bath?

You can bathe your baby at any time of the day. However, if your baby enjoys baths and finds them soothing, it could be a good idea to bathe them at night, before bedtime. Getting into this routine can also help reinforce the sleepy-time message. You might also choose to enhance your night time routine with a massage oil to increase skin to skin contact between mother and baby. Our Loving Baby Massage Oil is the perfect way to boost and nourish your baby’s skin while enhancing your night time sleep routine with added chamomile and lavender to help baby sleep. 

What supplies do I need?

Before bathing your baby, make sure you have everything you need on hand. There’s nothing worse than having to jump up midway through the bath to find a towel. To prepare for the bath, gather a towel, washcloth, clean clothes, a fresh nappy and a bottle of our nourishing VATÉA Dreamy Organic Wash for a gentle and nourishing cleanse.

Where should I wash my baby?

There are no right or wrong answers here. You can wash your baby in whichever room feels clean, comfortable and warm. However, it’s important to make sure the room isn’t too chilly, as a wet baby can get cold easily. Oftentimes, parents will bathe their baby in the kitchen sink, but you might like to opt for a baby bath instead. You can simply place the baby bath on the floor, or you might like to place it in a stable position on the kitchen table or countertop.

How do I prepare the bath?

Fill the kitchen sink or baby bath will 5-10 cm of water for babies up to six months old. Ensure the water is a warm and a comfortable temperature, between 37 and 38 degrees Celsius. If you don’t own a thermometer, use your wrist or elbow to test the temperature - it should feel comfortably warm, but not hot to the touch. 

How do I hold my baby during bath time?

Babies can be super slippery during bath time, so be sure to exercise caution. To support your baby whilst bathing them, cradle the head with one arm, while supporting their head and neck with the other arm. You can then gently lower the baby into the bath, feet first followed by the rest of their body. Be sure to hold them close and never remove your hand from under the babies neck and as they grow older,  never leave a baby unattended during bath time.  You can buy little baby seats to help you out with this. 

How long should the bath last?

A baby bath shouldn’t last too long, so as to avoid your baby getting cold. Ideally, a bath should last around 5 to 10 minutes.

What products should I use?

It is very important that you do not use soap to wash your baby. Soap can dry your baby’s skin and cause irritation. Using gentle soap-free cleansers and/or oils works best. At VATÉA, we create nourishing blends of natural ingredients and remedies with scientific formulations to create toxin-free, certified organic skin, hair and baby skin care for the whole family. For a nourishing and gentle baby bath, we recommend:

Dreamy Baby Organic Wash

This is a great natural option for newborn baths. VATÉA’s Dreamy Baby Wash is a soothing Certified Organic baby wash, infused with plant extracts of aloe vera, coconut oil and moringa oil to nurture and gently cleanse the sensitive skin of babies. It’s great for washing away milk solids and gently cleansing sensitive areas.

Loving Baby Massage Oil 

The VATÉA Loving Baby Massage Oil is perfect to massage onto your baby after bath time, particularly if they have dry skin or sensitive skin. A gentle massage from parent to baby can create a beautiful and relaxing bonding experience for you both, all the while helping your newborn baby’s skin adjust to the outside environment.

Our formula is rich in plant extracts of chamomile, coconut oil, moringa oil and sunflower seed oil to nurture baby's skin during massage and replaces any moisture lost during bath time.  Our oil will also aid in a restful nights sleep with plant oils of chamomile and lavender, oils well known to support sleep. 

Happy Baby Moisturiser

VATÉA’s Certified Organic Happy Baby Cream works to calm and nurture babies for a restful night’s sleep plus supports bonding through skin to skin touch. It is a creamy, light and natural baby moisturiser infused with natural essential oils and enriched with plant extracts of coconut oil and moringa oil. Add Happy Baby Moisturiser to your nightly bath routine for a relaxing ritual between mother and baby.

Gentle Baby Balm

VATÉA’s award-winning Australian Certified Organic baby balm is enriched with beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter to support skin healing, baby eczema plus provide a gentle soother for mum and bubs’ irritated skin.

Our Gentle Baby Balm can also be used as nappy balm to keep baby bottoms dry and protected from harmful bacteria, skin support for nappy rash and eczema, or as mother’s nipple balm to heal dry and cracked nipples.

How do I wash my baby's face?

Wipe baby’s face with sterilised cotton wool before bathing. Wipe gently over the baby's eyes, wiping from the inner corner outward. Use a new piece of cotton wool for each eye to prevent transferring bacterial infections.

How do I wash my baby's body?

Using a soft washcloth and squirt a very small amount of Vatea Dreamy Baby Organic Wash, gently wash in-between creases, under the baby's neck, hands, and lastly, their bottom.  Rinse these areas well after washing. 

This article was written in collaboration with Babysits - Australia’s babysitting community. Babysits is a transparent and easy-to-use platform connecting trustworthy and reliable babysitters with parents in need. If you need a babysitter, use Babysits to search for local babysitters near you.


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