How to Give a Tub Bath
- Bathe the baby in a place that's comfortable for you -- put a plastic baby tub on the kitchen floor, for example, or give the bath in a clean kitchen sink lined with a special baby-bathing liner (a big, molded sponge) or a thick towel.
- For safety's sake, gather all your supplies before you begin: mild soap and shampoo, cotton balls, washcloth, a towel, a clean diaper, and clean clothes.
- Put about 2 inches of warm water the tub or sink. The water should be 90°F to 100°F -- test it with a bath thermometer (an inexpensive item available in drugstores) or with your elbow.
- Cradle your baby in one arm with his head resting on that arm and your hand grasping his thigh. Slowly lower him into the water.
- Wash him just as you did when sponge bathing, starting with cleaning his eyes with cotton balls. Always keep him cradled with one arm and hand and keep his head out of the water.
- Rinse soap and shampoo away promptly to avoid drying or irritating his skin.
- Support his head and neck as you lift him onto a towel at the end of his bath. Wrap the baby up snugly in the towel, pat him dry, then diaper and dress.