Once the umbilical cord and/or circumcision has healed, your baby is ready for a bath in a tub.
1. Lay out mild soap, shampoo, a soft towel and washcloth and clothes for afterwards.
2. Fill the bathtub or a sanitized kitchen sink with a few inches of warm (90-100 degrees, you also may set your water heater to a maximum of 120 degrees to ensure this). Swirl the water to remove any potential hot spots and test the water with your wrist or elbow before retrieving the infant and placing them in the water. If you use a sink be sure to pre-line it with towels or a mat.
3. Support the head and shoulders with one hand and wash with the other. First wet the cloth with plain water and clean the face. Never leave unattended at any time for any reason.
4. Add a small amount of cleanser to the cloth and gently wash the body, beginning with the shoulders to the diaper area. Some cleansers are rinse free and others require rinsing, so consult the products packaging about rinsing.
5. Shampoo, when needed, should be applied in a very small amount. Massage the shampoo into the scalp and use a damp cloth to wipe the shampoo from the head.
6. Use the existing water, never facet water, to rinse by pouring the water over the infant using a plastic cup. Remove to a secure spot on a towel, pat dry, diaper and clothe.