Bathing a new baby can seem quite daunting, so it’s a good idea to prepare yourself. The first thing to remember is that no baby or small child can ever be left alone, even for a second, in the bath and a small baby must have their head supported. You also have to be very careful about the temperature of the water and make sure it is not too hot for a baby. It is a good idea to run the cold water in first and then add the hot so you can be sure it isn’t too hot by mistake and always check the temperature before placing your baby in the bath, even if you think it is the correct heat.
This is where some of the new baby gifts you may have received from friends could be of help, as a bathtime set including soft towel, washcloth or sponge and possibly a thermometer will make it easier for you to get everything ready. Having all this to hand means you will not have to lift your baby out of the bath while you find something you have forgotten.
Like everything you are doing with your baby, be gentle and talk to them about what you are doing and how enjoyable it is. The baby will be reassured by your tone of voice and touch and will learn to enjoy bathtime.