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You Will Need
- Space heater
- Baby tub
- Full-size washcloth
- Baby washcloth
- Full-size bath towel
- Clean diaper
- Clean, warm clothes
Keep the room warm
Use a space heater to generate lots of heat in the bath area. This keeps your baby's wet skin from becoming upsettingly cold. Use a room free of drafts.
Draw a pleasing bath
Make sure that the bath water is warm enough for your baby by testing it with your elbow before easing them in. The water should feel warm -- but not hot -- and reach to the baby's chest level.
Work from the bottom up
Start washing baby's feet first and work your way up. Wet the head last to keep baby from getting cold while they're wet.
Wrap baby up quickly
Keep a large, absorbent towel right next to the tub and wrap the baby up in it immediately upon lifting them from the bath. Snuggle the baby as you rub them dry, particularly if they are upset.
Put the baby down and keep their top half wrapped while you put on a clean diaper and dress the lower half of their body. Then unwrap them and finish the job.
Don't overschedule baths
Bathe your baby less frequently in the cold winter months to avoid irritating already dry skin. Limit bath time to between five and 10 minutes to ensure that the water stays warm enough to keep the baby happy.