Watch 2 short videos on how to tub bath and sponge bath your baby.
Source: Trillium Health Care
Sponge Bath Video Clip
Before you start:
Choose an area where you'll be comfortable washing your baby. The area should be draft-free and away from open windows and vents blowing cool air.
Make sure your bath supplies are in reach. (Keeping everything in a basket is very helpful.)
Remember to never leave your baby alone while you're preparing!
Giving your baby a sponge bath
Lay your baby on a towel. Undress him, then cover him up with another towel or blanket, exposing only the area you are washing.
Sponging baby's eyes and face
Start with his eyes.
Using only warm water on a clean corner of a washcloth, wash from the inner corner to the outer edge of the eye.
Wash the other eye, using another corner of the washcloth.
Wash your baby's face with clean water, using either a washcloth or your hand.
Wash around his nose and ears. Never insert a cotton swab into your baby's nose or ears. Doing so might damage his nasal cavity or eardrum.
Sponging baby's body
Sponge your baby's body, making sure you get into every skin fold and crease.
Sponging baby's genitals
Check your baby's umbilical cord for proper healing, then cleanse the area with clean, warm water.
Sponge baby's genitals with clean water.
Baby girls will have some discharge and even a small amount of blood. Always wash from front to back so you don't spread germs into her bladder.
If your baby boy is circumcised, clean his penis with only clean, warm water until the area is healed. Your health care provider will give you instructions on how to care for his penis before you leave the hospital.
If your baby boy isn't circumcised, don't force his foreskin back to clean his penis. Only warm water and soap is needed.
If your baby has a soiled diaper, use a clean corner of the diaper to wipe away the stool (poop). Then use a sponge or washcloth with warm water to wash your baby's bottom thoroughly.
Giving your baby a tub bath
Filling the tub
Fill your baby bathtub with two inches of warm water.
Undress your baby, then gently place him in the bathtub once the water reaches the right temperature.