Baby Skin Care Routine - Newborn Bathing Tips & Tricks

Bath time is a unique opportunity for you to bond with your little one. However, you also must be super gentle with your baby, as their skin is still very delicate. A newborn baby’s skin is 30% thinner than adult skin and, therefore, extremely sensitive. Therefore, their bathing and skincare regimes will vastly differ from yours.

As a first-time parent, you are not alone in your struggle to figure out an effective bathing process. To help you make sense of it, we have listed down practical tips and tricks for bathing your newborn.

So, read on & happy bathing!

1. When and How to Bathe Your Baby?

During the first few months, a newborn baby’s skin is still developing. It means that if you bathe your baby regularly, their skin will lose moisture 5 times faster than adults making it excessively dry. Therefore, in the first month, you should only give your little one a delicate sponge bath two or three times a week, as it keeps them clean without impacting their skin’s health or texture.

After around the two-month mark, your baby’s skin becomes slightly more firmer allowing you to shift to a tub bath using shampoo and soap.

Remember, only bathe your baby two or three times a week since it is more than enough to keep your baby clean without irritating their skin.

If you are stressing out about how to bathe your child, we have an easy-to-follow guide for you below.

2. Giving Your Baby a Sponge Bath

A sponge bath is the best way to keep your newborn baby clean for the first month. Here’s how you can do it.

How to Give Your Baby a Tub Bath

When your baby is slightly older, about a month old or more, you can give them a tub bath. The process of giving your baby a tub bath is similar to the one described above. The one difference is the introduction of the baby tub. Invest in a good baby tub that has enough space and is easy to store and clean.

Fill the baby tub with lukewarm water that is neither too hot nor too cold. Before placing your baby in the tub, always check the temperature of the water with your hand. You could also use a baby thermometer for that. Now, follow the steps listed above for the sponge bath and gently clean your baby.

Once you shift to a tub bath, you can use the Baby Dove Rich Moisture Bar for your little munchkin, as it nourishes your baby’s skin without robbing it of its natural moisture. It has been certified safe for use by pediatricians, dermatologists, and ophthalmologists.

Skincare Routine to Follow After Your Munchkin's Bath

Before establishing a skincare routine for your little one, take some time to research and understand the needs of your baby’s delicate skin. Since the newborn’s skin is still in its developmental stage, it will tend to dry out fast. Therefore, you should look for products that can moisturize your baby’s skin and offer protection against common problems, such as diaper rashes.

Do not use any fragrances on your baby since they may irritate the newborn’s delicate skin. We recommend using our Rich Moisture Baby Lotion for a gentle post-bath massage. It replenishes the moisture content in your baby’s skin and protects the vital
lipids to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier function. If you are using a powder on your baby, sprinkle a little on your hands and gently pat it down on your baby’s skin. Make sure to invest in a baby-friendly powder instead of using your own. Some of the basic baby skincare products that you will need are baby soap, shampoo, lotion, wipes, oil, and powder, so make sure you shop for them before the baby arrives.


In this article, we’ve addressed some of the fundamentals of parenting that should prepare you for the journey ahead. As first-time parents, it is quite normal to be nervous, but don’t forget to enjoy the ride and savor every moment of this beautiful journey with your partner and newborn!