When you are first introduced to your newborn, you are told sponge baths only until the umbilical cord falls off. But what about afterwards? How often should you bathe your newborn?
This post will be very short and to the point.
When it comes to bathing newborns, remember that a newborn’s skin is 30% thinner than ours.
It’s easy to run into dry skin, cradle cap, and peeling which is all normal for newborns.
My twins also suffer from eczema, which played a great part in how often I bathed them.
Newborns also don’t have to be bathed as frequently as we do because they don’t do anything. They aren’t crawling, walking, sweating, working, or travelling.
So how often should you bathe a newborn?
The answer is no more than twice a week. If your newborn suffer from eczema like mine, you are recommended to only bathe your newborn once a week.
Sponge baths are great between baths when needed. However, clean baby’s neck daily to keep away milk build up or milk rashes and wipe thoroughly during diaper changes and you won’t need to bathe or sponge bathe your newborn more than suggested.
- Wash your newborn’s face with WATER only.
- Keep the area you will be bathing and dressing your newborn warm.
- Use a thermometer when running water if you are unsure of the temp, the water should not be warmer than 100° and no less than 95° ( you want it close to body temp).
- Have everything ready before actually starting your newborn’s bath. This means diaper, clothes, towels, lotion, etc.
- Less is more. You don’t need to fill up your baby’s bathtub or sink, you just need enough water to cover baby’s bottom.
Johnson’s bath products are not ideal for babies skin. This is an opinion of mine. Feel free to make your own decision, however, there are plenty of reports of their products doing more harm than good.
I recommend dove baby wash, but there are plenty of other baby washes and lotions out there, do your research to protect your baby’s skin.
It’s your turn Mama’s
How often do you bathe your newborn and what tips do you have?