How To Bathe A Newborn In Summer: A Step-By-Step Guide

How To Bathe A Newborn In Summer: A Step-By-Step Guide

28 Feb 2023 | 6 min Read

Manisha Pradhan

Author | 1053 Articles

As a new parent, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to bathe your newborn in summer safely and effectively. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! 

We’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to bathe your newborn baby in summer and some fun tips to make the experience enjoyable for both you and your little one.

How To Bathe A Newborn In Summer

Before the bath, give your baby a gentle massage with natural baby oil. A massage not only relaxes the baby but also moisturises their skin. However, before you start the massage or bath, remove any jewellery you may be wearing on your hands and fingers and ensure your nails are trimmed, so that you don’t injure the baby.

Step 1: Choose the right time and place

Before you start bathing your baby, make sure to pick the right time and location. Choose a time when your baby is alert and not too hungry or tired. Bathing a newborn in the morning or after a nap is a good idea. 

Choose a safe and comfortable spot. A baby bathtub, sink or plastic basin can be used to bathe the newborn in, as long as the surface is flat, stable, and slip-free.

Step 2: Gather your supplies

Make sure you have all the necessary supplies for the baby’s bathtime. You will need:

  • A clean washcloth
  • A soft towel 
  • A natural and mild baby soap, or baby wash
  • Natural baby shampoo
  • A container for rinsing 

Make sure everything is within arm’s reach and that the water temperature is safe for your baby. It’s recommended to use lukewarm water, between 37°C and 38°C even during summer.

Step 3: Undress your baby and gently place them in the water

Once you have all the supplies needed for the bath, undress your baby and gently place them in the water. Support your baby’s head and neck with one hand while using the other to wash their body. 

Step 4: Cleanse your baby 

Use a small amount of baby soap or baby wash to gently cleanse your baby’s skin. Then gently lather the baby’s hair with a small amount of baby shampoo. Avoid rubbing vigorously.

Avoid using a soap or shampoo that contains chemicals and toxins, as they can dry out your baby’s skin and irritate their eyes. Use a baby wash or shampoo that contains natural and soothing ingredients such as Rosemary Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Hibiscus Extract, Curry Leaf Oil, Black Cumin Seed Oil, and Aloe Vera Extract. Try the BabyChakra Moisturizing Baby Wash. 

Step 5: Rinse your baby thoroughly

Once you have cleaned your baby, it’s time to rinse them thoroughly. Either use a washcloth, your hand, or a cup, to rinse the body and the hair carefully but thoroughly. 

Pour a little water and sweep it from front to back with your hand. Wash the soap and shampoo thoroughly, as it can cause skin irritation.

Step 6: Lift your baby out of the water and dry them off

How To Bathe A Newborn
After bathing your baby pat them dry with a soft towel, don’t rub as it can cause irritation or chafing/ Image source: Unsplash

Lift your baby out of the water and wrap them in a soft towel. Gently pat them dry, taking care to dry all the skin folds. Avoid rubbing the towel too hard, as it can cause irritation or chafing. Then gently brush your baby’s hair with a soft baby brush. 

You can check out the Sunehere Resham – Beech Wood Baby Comb by Baby Forest as it is made of natural elements and has very soft bristles that are safe to use on a newborn’s tender scalp.

Step 7: Moisturise

A baby’s skin loses moisture faster, causing it to be more susceptible to environmental factors.  This leads to a range of skin conditions like itchiness, redness and chafing. That’s the reason why you need to protect your baby’s skin by keeping it well moisturised after a bath.  

Use a baby-safe and natural moisturiser like The Moms Co Natural Baby Lotion, which contains Organic Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, and Organic oils like Apricot, Jojoba & Avocado. These ingredients nourish, protect and deeply moisturise a newborn’s skin.

Don’t forget to moisturise the diaper area with diaper rash cream to keep the baby free from rashes.

Step 8: Dress your baby in comfortable clothes

Finally, dress your baby in comfortable and light cotton clothes which are suitable for summer. You can use some baby powder to prevent skin irritation and keep your baby smelling fresh. Don’t forget to give your baby plenty of cuddles and kisses after the bath. It’s a great time to bond and connect with your little one.

Tips to make bath time fun for your baby

Now that you have the step-by-step guide on how to bathe a newborn, here are some fun tips to make bath time a delightful experience for both you and your baby.

  • Sing songs and make silly noises

Babies love music and silly sounds. Sing a lullaby or make funny noises to make the experience fun and engaging. You can also use bath toys to entertain your baby.

  • Use a colourful towel

Babies love bright and colourful objects. Use a colourful towel or a hooded towel with animal designs to make your baby smile.

  • Make bubbles

Bubbles are a fun and safe way to entertain your baby. You can use a bubble bath or a gentle soap to create bubbles. Just make sure to use a soap that is safe for your baby’s delicate skin.

  • Involve your baby in the process

Babies love to explore and learn new things. Involve your baby in the process by letting

them splash and play with the water. You can also use a soft washcloth to let them wash their body parts (with your help, of course!). This will make them feel like they are part of the process and help them develop their motor skills.

  • Take pictures

Bath time is a precious moment that you will want to remember forever. Take pictures of your newborn baby during and after the bath to capture those cute and memorable moments.

Bathing a baby in summer can be a challenging task for new parents. However, by following these simple steps and tips, you can make bath time a safe, fun, and enjoyable experience for both you and your little one. 

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