Giving your older baby a bath
It will be time to move your baby into the family bath by the time she is 6 months old, as by this time she will have outgrown her baby bath. Most babies really enjoy the new bigger bath, but if your baby doesn't seem to love it, try putting her baby bath inside the bigger bath for a while so she can slowly adjust to the new space.
A big bath will allow your baby to really get involved in some water play - not only will you be able to take her for a 'swim' (always supporting her head and body) in the big bath, but she'll enjoy playing with water toys.
- Before you begin, ensure that you have everything you'll need hand. Check you have all the equipment - towel, soap, shampoo, lotions, washcloth - at arm's reach, as well as a clean nappy and clothes.
- Put a non-slip mat in the bath for your baby to sit on, and one on the floor where you'll be standing or kneeling.
- Fill the bath with warm water until it is approximately 8cm deep. Test the temperature before you put your baby in.
- Keeping your hands on her all the time, gently lower your baby into the bath.
- Wash her gently starting with her face and then moving down to her bottom. If you need to shampoo her hair, do this last (your baby's hair only needs shampooing once or twice a week)
- Once she's clean and has a play, carefully lift her out to the waiting towel.
- After you've dried and dressed her, make sure that you empty the bath; don't leave the bathroom with a bath full of water as this can pose a drowning risk.
- Never leave your baby unattended in the bath - she can drown very quickly and in very shallow water.
- Discourage your baby from pulling herself up to standing in the bath - but if she does do this, ensure that you are always holding her so that she can't fall or slip.
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