Bath time – Washing your little one

Bathing your little one is a bonding experience and is an essential part of their daily hygiene routine. Hence, it is important to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for both parent and child! 

When to start bathing your child?

Every child is different, and it's essential to pay attention to your child’s cues and comfort during bath time. Some children enjoy the water and find it calming, while others may be more sensitive. As you become more experienced, you'll find a routine and approach that works best for you and your child. If you have any specific concerns or questions about bathing your little one, it's always a good idea to consult with your healthcare provider for personalized advice.

How to bathe your child step by step

Bathing your child is a gentle and bonding experience as parents. Here’s some step-by-step instructions to help you bathe your child :

1.      Prepare the bathing area:

Fill the basin or child tub with a few inches of warm (not hot) water. Test the water temperature with your elbow or the inside of your wrist to make sure it's not too hot.Place all the supplies within arm's reach.

2.      Undress your child:

Gently undress your child, keeping them covered to maintain warmth.

3.      Support your child:

Use your forearm to cradle their back and bottom.

4.      Gently lower into water:

Slowly lower your child into the water feet first, keeping a secure grip.

5.      Wash with mild soap:

Use a mild, fragrance-free soap and a soft washcloth or your hand to gently wash your child. Start with their face, then move to their body, and finish with their diaper area.

6.      Clean the hair:

Use a soft brush or your fingers to clean the scalp. Be very gentle.

7.      Rinse with clean water:

Gently pour clean water over your child, rinsing away the soap.

8.      Lift out of the water:

Lift your child out of the water.

9.      Wrap in a towel:

Quickly wrap your child in a soft, warm towel to prevent them from getting cold.

10.    Dry and dress:

Pat your child dry, paying attention to skin folds. Dress your child in clean clothes.

11.  Enjoy a post-bath cuddle to continue bonding with your child


The best timing for bath time

The best time to start bathing your child is when the room is comfortably warm, around75-80°F (24-27°C), and the water is lukewarm, around 100°F (37.8°C). Many parents find that a bath before bedtime can be a calming part of a bedtime routine. The warm water can be soothing and help signal your child that it's time to wind down.

If your child has eaten, it’s recommended to wait for a little while after meal. It is to reduce the risk of discomfort or reflux which it will take some time to digest their meal to prevent discomfort during bath time. Apart from that, it is to reduce the chances of regurgitation or vomiting during bath time. Ultimately, it's always a good idea to observe your child’s cues and respond accordingly.


Frequency and duration of bath time

Remember that every child is unique, so you may need to experiment to find the time thatworks best for you and your child. As your child gets older and more active, you may find it necessary to bathe them more frequently. Always prioritize safety during bath time and never leave your child unattended in the water.

Generally, initial baths frequency should be 2-3 times a week, usually lasting about 5-10 minutes. As your child gets older, baths can be extended to 10-15 minutes.

Frequently asked questions on children’s bath time

How many times to bathe your little one?

Generally, initial baths frequency should be 2-3 times a week.

What is the best time to bathe a child at night?

The best time to bathe a child at night can vary based on your family's routine and your child’s preferences. Ultimately, the best time to bathe your child at night depends on your family's schedule and your child‘s individual needs and preferences. Pay attention to how your child responds to the bedtime routine, and feel free to adjust the timing based on what works best for both you and your child.

How long should the little one‘s first bath be?

Usually lasting about 5-10 minutes. As your child gets older, baths can be extended to 10-15 minutes.

Can you bathe a child after feeding?

It's recommended to wait a little bit after feeding before giving a child a bath. Bathing too soon after feeding may lead to discomfort, and there's a small risk of regurgitation or vomiting.