Dad leaning over bath whilst bathing newborn

5 things to know about your baby's first bath

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    Every baby responds differently

    Babies – like adults – are unique, so there’s no guarantee your baby will respond to baths with the same enthusiasm another child might. It could be they don’t like their first encounter with water and you experience tears. That’s OK – go gently and be patient. And if you’re regularly finding bathing a little difficult, mix things up. Could a different time or routine work better, perhaps?

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    Preparation is key

    Ensuring you have everything you need ahead of bath time is sensible, since reaching for products mid-bath can be hard. Before lifting your baby in, gather essentials like a soft towel and specially-formulated baby products (our Baby Dove Rich Moisture Hypoallergenic Wash is ultra-gentle and designed to use on little ones’ dry, eczema-prone skin).

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    Ask someone to help

    If you’re anxious about how to bathe a newborn for the first time, it’s a great idea to ask for help from a loved one. Another pair of hands will make bath time easier. While you’re supporting the baby’s head, they can pass you a washcloth to help keep your baby covered and warm. It means they join the bonding, too! Remember, never leave your baby alone or unattended.

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    Temperature matters

    While your baby’s first baths will be pretty quick and shallow (2 to 3 inches of water is suggested, lasting no more than 10 minutes) it’s important to monitor the bath temperature for newborns. Check with your hand – the water should feel comfortably warm.

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    Start simple

    It’s tempting to buy every baby product, but don’t apply too much to their delicate skin. A simple, gentle product like our Dove Fragrance Free Moisture Hypoallergenic Lotion is formulated to replenish essential nutrients to help skin retain its natural moisture, and our lightweight Dove Melanin-Rich Skin Nourishment Baby Oil for melanin-rich babies cares for skin and hair at the same time.

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