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6 tips for bathing a baby

The first baby bathtime is a big moment – a tiny baby in soapy water can challenge even the most confident parents. You may have questions: What’s the best time to bathe a baby? What’s the ideal baby bath temperature? How many times a week should I bathe them? 

There are no real rules to bathing a baby. In time, you’ll find your own way and start to enjoy it. One thing you might want to keep in mind is your baby’s delicate skin. As paediatric dermatologist and mum-of-two Dr Zilda says: “It’s worth remembering children aren’t mini adults when it comes to skin care – baby skin is thinner and has many features that are different.” 

Because delicate baby skin loses moisture quickly, it will benefit from extra care that replenishes moisture while you cleanse. Baby Dove products can help do just that.  

And here’s another helping hand – some bathtime tips from other mums and dads.

  • 1

    Melissa, mum of twins.

    “Soap can make baths slippery. I got around this by putting an old towel at the bottom of the bath. It gives some grip and helps you keep hold of that soapy, wriggling baby.” 

  • 2

    Andy, dad of one. 

    “If your baby seems to hate the bath, make up a special song and sing it to them just before bathtime. It helps prepare them for it.” 


  • 3

    Chris, dad of one.

     “I put a warm wet cloth over my little one’s tummy while bathing her. The feel of it makes her feel secure and also keeps her warm.”

  • 4

    Catherine, mum of three.

    “Who needs a baby bath when you have a sink? I bathed all three of my kids in ours when they were born. It’s a great way to save your back.” 

  • 5

    Marnie, mum of one. 

    “Once the baby is in the bath, you can’t really move so I keep all bath products, including toys, in a mini shopping basket. I just pull it out at bathtime so everything is within reach.” 

  • 6

    Charlie, dad of two.

    “I put bottles of liquid soap and shampoo in the water for a few minutes before using them. This warms them up so it’s not a shock for my little one when I start using them.”