First Tub Bath
Your infant is ready for the baby tub once the umbilical stump (and circumcision) has healed. For now you'll only need to bathe him every two to three days. In between, daily cleaning of the face, neck, hands, and diaper area is sufficient. As your baby starts crawling around the house, he'll need washing more often.
Keep bath time short and sweet. Choose a surface that is near a sink and doesn't require you to lean over, such as the kitchen counter. (Most baby tubs are designed to fit in the sink, but be sure you clean the sink well first.) Avoid bathing him right after his meal -- your little one is more likely to spit up
1. Gather all of your supplies before you undress baby. Never leave him unattended in the bath, even for a moment. If you have to leave, wrap him in a towel and take him along.
2. Fill the baby tub with a couple of inches of lukewarm water. Test the temperature by dipping your elbow in the water: It should be warm but not hot. Never run the water with baby in the tub, because he could be scalded or scared by a sudden temperature change in the water.
3. Ease baby into the bath feet first, using a safety hold: Support his head and shoulder with one hand, his bottom and legs with the other.
4. While he's in the tub, support baby's head with one arm (unless the tub has a built-in support) while washing him with your free hand. Work from the cleanest (head) to dirtiest (bottom) area.
5. Lift baby out of the tub using the safety hold: Raise his head and shoulders with one hand and slide your free hand under his bottom, as before. Wrap him immediately in a hooded towel so he doesn't get cold. Dry him, paying close attention to the folds of his neck, his legs, and under his arms.