As a rule of thumb, always prefer a hot-water bath over a cold-water one. A baby’s immunity system is severely underdeveloped, and hence she is more prone to catching a cold. So avoid giving your baby a cold water bath.
But this doesn’t mean that you use hot water as a generic alternative. Keep the water warm or lukewarm, rather than piping hot. Put cold water in thebathtub first, and then add the hot water. Mix the water well to make sure there aren’t any hot spots. This will reduce the risk of scalding your baby. Avoid putting your baby in the tub while the hot and cold water are mixed as the temperature can change quickly and can hurt the baby.
You can invest in a small, portable and a handy thermometer too, to check for the water temperature before putting your baby in. Ideally set the thermostat on the water heater to below 49 degree C. Check the temperature with your hand first. If you can’t keep your hand fully submerged in that water for more than ten seconds, then cool it down further before using it for the baby. A ballpark temperature of about 38 degree C is ideal.
Keep her away from the pipes or taps that pass hot water, as the metal heads remain hot for long and even seconds of contact could scald the baby badly.
After the bath, quickly wrap your bundle of joy in a warm blanket and dry her in a warm, moist-less room before she loses body heat. Never leave your baby unattended during the bath. Be prepared beforehand with all the essentials for the bath.