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Preparing the bath

Demonstration of preparing the bath area; testing the water temperature; and lowering the newborn into the bath
  • You can use a clean bucket, sink or small dish to bath your baby. You will also need a towel, soap, a clean nappy and clean clothing.

  • Fill the container with a little bit of warm water – less than half the container. Test the temperature of the water with your hand or wrist. Check that the water is not too hot or too cold.

  • Gently place your baby in the water, supporting the baby’s head with your arm.


Bathing your baby

Clean baby's eyes before washing her hair and body.
  • Wet a cotton wool ball or soft cloth. Gently wipe your baby’s eyes from inside to out. Use a new cotton wool ball or clean part of the cloth for each eye.

  • Rest your baby’s head on your arm and hold the baby with your hand. Use your other hand to wash the baby.

  •  Gently wash your baby.


Bathing your baby safely

Never leave your baby alone in the bath; be careful taking baby out as they may be slippery; clean babies are happy and healthy.
  • Never leave your baby alone in the bath. Always finish the bath first before doing something else.

  • Be careful when taking your baby out of the bath because the baby might be slippery.    

  • Clean babies are happy and healthy babies.

  • Last updated or reviewed 04-12-2013
  • Acknowledgements This resource was developed in collaboration with the Katherine West Health Board and the Aboriginal Reference Group of the Healthy Young Families Project.