This is a guest blog post written by a Registered Nurse of The MamaCoach team, Robin Forslund.

I love baths and so do my children. I recommend a bath as part of every baby’s bedtime routine. Baths are fun, help babies relax, and are proven to help them sleep better. If you are nervous about bathing your baby, here are some great tips to help it go smoother and safer.

  1. Be Prepared
    Gather everything you need for the bath before getting started. Wash cloth, soap, towel, lotion, diaper and pajamas should all be nearby and easy to reach. This will prevent you from needing to run to get something during or after the bath.
  2. Check The Temperature
    Babies have very fragile and sensitive skin. They are not able to tolerate extremes in temperature and it is best to bathe them in water that is slightly warmer than body temperature (37-38 degrees Celsius). Use a bath thermometer or check the water with your elbow or inner wrist prior to placing baby in the tub.
  3. Use A Bath Support
    A wet, soapy, and squirming baby can be slippery and tough to hold onto. Use an approved bath support like the Angelcare Bath Support to ensure they stay safely in place for their bath. It is important to never leave your baby in the bath support unattended and you should have one hand on them at all times.
  4. Never Leave Them Unattended
    Drowning is the second most common cause of death in children under 5. A child can drown in 1-2 inches of water in less than 30 seconds. As scary as the statistics are, almost all cases are preventable. The best way to prevent water injury or death is to NEVER leave your baby or child unattended around water.
    • Always close the door to the bathroom when you are filling the tub
    • Keep your baby within arms-reach and never out of sight during bath time
    • An older sibling is not responsible enough to be left alone with a baby or small child during a bath. An adult should always be present
    • Leave your phone out of the bathroom. If you need to take a call, take your baby out of the tub and with you
  5. Know Infant and Child CPR
    CPR saves lives. It is important to know the skills if you ever need to use them. I hope these tips help you enjoy many fun and safe baths. I love chatting about all things baby so feel free to reach out to me here if you have any questions!

About the Author:

Robin Forslund is a Registered Nurse, Lactation Counsellor, Infant and Child Sleep Consultant, CPR Instructor and owner of The Mama Coach in Edmonton, Alberta. After welcoming her first daughter and struggling with sleep and breastfeeding, Robin became passionate about helping other women find their confidence and joy in motherhood. When she isn’t in the ER or helping other mamas, Robin can be found, probably with a coffee in hand, enjoying all that life can offer surrounded by her two beautiful daughters, new baby boy, and fabulous husband.