Baby’s Bath Temperature: How Warm Should Baby’s Bath Be?

Baby’s Bath Temperature: How Warm Should Baby’s Bath Be?

9 Sep 2022 | 3 min Read

Sayani Basu

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Along with the joy of holding your little bundle of joy in your arms, comes the responsibility of giving him/her the best care possible. One of the most important things that come to your mind is the baby’s bath and the baby’s bath temperature. 

New parents often ask questions like, “How warm should baby’s bath be?” and “What temperature should a baby’s bath water be?” Read on to know everything about a baby’s bath temperature.

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It is advisable to wait for at least six hours after the nurse has cleaned your baby to give the little one a bath. | Image Source: pexels

What Should A Baby’s Bath Temperature Be?

A baby’s skin is still developing and is sensitive to heat. Therefore, the temperature of the bath water should neither be too hot nor too cold. According to research, a baby’s bath temperature should be between 37 – 38 degree Celsius as this temperature helps them feel calm and relaxed.

What Temperature Should A Baby’s Bath Be In Hot Weather?

The temperature of a baby’s bath water in hot weather should be between 37 – 38 degree Celsius. It should not exceed 38 degrees Celsius. 

Apart from a baby’s bath temperature, there are some tips that should be considered while bathing a baby:

Tips To Keep Your Baby Warm While Bathing

  • Ensure that the bathroom or room where you’re bathing your infant is warm before you begin.
  • You can use a space heater if needed to warm up a cool bathroom.
  • It is advisable to bathe your baby in a smaller room that’s enclosed, rather than a large open area like the living room.
  • It is recommended to keep all doors and windows closed to avoid drafts.
  • After giving your infant a bath, wrap the little one immediately in a soft fluffy towel and cover the head with a hood.
  • Pat the infant dry before dressing them. You can use baby wipes to clean the corner of the eyes and the neck areas. It is advisable to choose the ones that are devoid of artificial fragrances, paraben and preservatives like phenoxyethanol.
  • You can warm up your baby’s clothes and towel by tossing them in a dryer or letting them hang over a heating vent before bathtime.
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A baby’s bath temperature should not exceed 38 degrees Celsius. | Image Source: pexels

Other Facts To Know About Bathing Your Newborn

Bath Frequency

Newborns have their natural skin oils that can dry out if they are given frequent bathing. Therefore, doctors also recommend keeping bathtime short. You can choose a baby wash that has been made with organic ingredients to make their skin supple, soft, hydrated and nourished.

How Much Water To Use

You need not fill the basin or tub very much. You can use fill the tub to 2 inches (5 cm) and that will be enough. If you want, you can use a little more water to cover your baby’s shoulders.

A newborn’s bathtime can be stressful. Follow these tips to make the little one’s bathing session a breeze.

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