Bathing with your baby

Having a bath together is a good way to bond with your baby. Babies love to lie on a parent's chest in the bath.

Bathing with your baby can also help you both relax, and encourage breastfeeding.

How to bathe with your baby

You'll need another adult at home to lift your baby in and out of the bath.

Take the following steps:

  1. Check the temperature of the water with your elbow or a bath thermometer to ensure it is suitable for your baby. It should be around 36 degrees Celsius. This is warm but not too hot. Your baby's skin needs cooler water than your own.
  2. Gather everything you will need before getting in the bath and place within arm's reach near the bath. 
  3. Get into the bath. The water should be deep enough to come halfway up your bent legs.
  4. Ask the other adult to pass you your baby. Lay your baby on your legs facing you.
  5. You can start straightening your legs to lower your baby's body into the water, depending on how much both of you want.
  6. Gently splash water over them to wash them and their hair if you want to.
  7. When you want to get out, make sure there is someone to pass your baby to.

Important

Do not stand up in the bath while holding your baby.

Whatever way you decide to bathe your baby, as time goes on you will become more confident in handling them. Bath time should become a happy and fun time together.

Learn more about skin-to-skin contact

Page last reviewed: 16 June 2022
Next review due: 16 June 2025