Everything you need to nail baby bath time

Bath time is bonding time. It’s the moment in the day when you get to take a little time out and introduce your little one to the water.  Let us help you set up your bathroom with all the clean and caring essentials that you'll come to rely on time and again with every baby bath. This is our no-nonsense guide to everything you need (and nothing you don’t) to help make bath time relaxing, calming and fun. 

How to bathe a baby? 

Before we jump into the crux of this post, let’s talk about the number one question we’re sure you’re asking...how do you actually bathe a baby? Start by preparing the bathroom and make sure it’s nice and warm. Fill your baby bath tub with a few inches of warm water and mix in some baby body wash. You’ll want to use one arm to support your little one’s head, neck and back and the other arm to wash them. You can use a soft face cloth to wash their face and cotton balls to cleanse their eyes with some water. Gently clean their genitals and remember to always wipe front to back for baby girls. When you’ve finished bathing them, pat their skin dry instead of rubbing it as it’s super sensitive. Wrap them in a warm hooded towel to keep them warm. 

When to give a newborn a bath?

Before you launch into bathing routine, you don’t actually need to give them a proper bath until their umbilical cord stump heals. This often takes around a month, so during this time you can keep them clean with a little sponge bath rather than getting them into the tub. Once their skin has healed, you will generally only need to bathe them around 3-4 times a week. This is because they rarely sweat and aren’t playing outside and getting dirty. If you bathe more often than this it can also dry out their delicate skin.

What temperature should a baby bath be? 

Okay so you know how to bathe them and how often, but the missing piece is what temperature to do it in. A baby bath should be between 37C and 38C, allowing you to keep them warm but not too hot. It’s important to check the temperature of their bath before submerging them into the water and to make sure the temperature stays warm throughout their bath. 

Newborn baby bath products

These are the essentials you need to help you when it comes time to bathing your little one. No long lists in sight, just the absolute need-to-haves to make it as relaxing as possible for both of you. 

1. Baby Bath Tub

Whether you’ve got a normal bathtub or just a shower, a baby bath tub is going to come in handy. You can put it in your sink or in your adult sized bathtub to help make bath time fun, safe and practical. We love the Shnuggle baby bath as it’s portable, comes with its own plug, is comfy with a foam back, and safe with a bum bump and rubber feet to help stop your little one slipping. For more advice on how to choose a baby bath, we have a whole article on what to look for here.

baby bath tub

2. Baby Bath Bucket/Jug 

Next up, you’re going to want to invest in a bath jug to help you wash your little one’s hair without getting water all in their face. Keep it practical with the Shnuggle bath jug. They’ve thought of everything with even a soft contoured edge to rest gently against their face. If you’re trying to minimise on ‘stuff’, double-up bath toys with your jug and go for these super cute Skip Hop bath buckets.

bath jug

3. Baby Bath Thermometer

One of the most searched questions on Google when it comes to bathing babies is what temperature should their bath be? Eliminate the guesswork and just invest in a little bath thermometer. Oricom has nailed it with this nifty little rubber ducky that also measures the temperature.

rubber ducky

4. Baby Bath Towels

Sometimes it’s the little things that are the ones you end up forgetting, so make sure you stock up on some baby sized bath towels. We always recommend hooded bath towels, as you lose most of your body heat through your head. Keep your newborn warm when you take them out of their bath and put them into an adorable hooded towel. We have a range of cute options for Nature Baby and Liewood here.

liewood hooded towel

5. Face Washers

Newborn skin is ultra delicate, so you only want to use the softest materials on their skin. Invest in organic cotton face washers to gently clean their face and remove any muck from their little eyes and noses. We adore the new jersey face cloths from Nature Baby. They’re made from 100% organic cotton and are ultra fast drying. You can even use them when feeding your bub to wipe up any accidents. 

jersey face cloth

6. Body Wash 

Baby skin is really sensitive, so don’t go using your normal body wash on them. Stock up on some body wash specifically designed for little ones to keep their skin soft and nourished. Bunjie makes natural based skin care for bubs including body wash, shampoo and more. Try their Born to be Mild wash formulated with with soothing Aloe Vera and nourishing Moringa Oil.

bunjie top to toe wash

7. Baby Bath Toys

Okay, they’re not strictly essentially, but they sure help to make bath time fun. You can ditch them if you’ve got a newborn, but as soon as your baby is able to sit up by themselves (around the 6 month mark), we recommend investing in a few little toys. Stimulate your baby’s imagination with Boon’s bath fleet and let them play with water with their bath pipes.

boon bath fleet

Did you know lists are totally our thing? That’s right, we make downloadable, printable lists for you to check off each item as you go and help make this whole having a baby thing that little bit easier. Click here to download our nursery list now. You can also discover our full bathing collection here.