To begin with, never leave your baby unattended during the process of bathing. Water levels in a tub can change dramatically; water temperature can change suddenly when hot and cold water is being mixed, and having items like soap, chemicals, metal pipes around the baby in the bathroom can pose a potential danger.
Use rubber mats on the bathroom floor or any thick cloth if you plan to make the baby stand. But this is not advisable. Bathroom floors are slippery and can be risky.
It is not advisable to use any soap or bathing gel for newly-born babies. Most of them use harsh chemicals that may cause rashes or irritation to the baby’s skin. Bubble baths may cause irritation to the urethra, which in turn may increase the risk of urinary tract infections.
If your newborn still has the umbilical cord stump, stick to simple sponge baths every few days so it stays dry and clean. For the first weeks, this would work just as fine. Give sponge baths with warm, damp sponges or soft washcloths. Make sure you clean the baby’s genital area after every diaper change to avoid fungal or bacterial infection.
Also, remember that a baby doesn’t need as frequent washing and cleansing as an adult. Excessive bathing and rinsing of your baby can dry out his skin. In most cases, bathing your infant two to three times a week is just fine.
Also, look for clues in baby’s expressions. If he is enjoying his moment in the water, let him linger but make sure that the water doesn’t cool down too much. But if your newborn is visibly upset during the bathing process, don’t force him to settle in. A quick five-minute bath is more than sufficient to thoroughly clean your baby’s body. After the bath, make sure you rinse off the water from his body immediately and clothe him so that he doesn’t catch a cold.
Time the bathing ritual based on you and your baby’s convenience. Some may bathe their baby at noon before lunchtime. Some may choose the after feeding time at night as it soothes the baby and prepares him for sleep.