How to Bathe a Baby

Giving a Tub Bath

1. You might find it easier to wash your baby's hair before putting her into the tub. First, hold your baby in a football hold and squeeze a little water on top of her head with a washcloth. Then, apply a dab of baby shampoo (a no-tears formula) and gently massage the scalp. Remove all traces of the shampoo with a washcloth dipped in warm water. Dry gently but thoroughly so your baby won't feel chilled.

2.To lower your baby into the bath, support her shoulders with one hand and her legs or bottom with the other. Even if she cries -- and she probably will the first few times -- keep talking to her as you place her gently and confidently into the tub. (Make those early baths quick if your baby seems upset.)

3. As you bathe your baby, keep one hand under her armpit so that her head stays out of the water, and use your other hand to wash, then rinse, the front of her body.

4. Now wash and rinse the back of her body.

5. After your baby is clean and rinsed, lift her gently onto a towel and dry her thoroughly. Put on a clean diaper and clothes.

TIP: Wearing a pair of white cotton gloves can help you feel more secure as you hold your baby in the water.

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