Washing and bathing your new baby

Washing and bathing your new baby

You don’t need to bathe your baby in the first few days. You may prefer to wash their face, neck, hands and bottom carefully instead. This is sometimes called “topping and tailing”.

Choose a time when your baby is awake and content. Make sure the room is warm and get everything ready beforehand. You’ll need a bowl of warm water, a towel, cotton wool, a fresh nappy and, if necessary, clean clothes.

See how to ‘top and tail’ or bathe your new baby or find out more on our page here.