Bath time is a common and relaxing routine for parents to start with their newborns. But there can also be some hesitation and worry that comes with bathing a newborn, especially for first-time parents. Generally, there's no reason to worry. There are, however, a few common dangers while bathing a newborn that are good to be aware of and avoid when it's time to head to the tub.
When you first bring your baby home, everything seems very new and delicate. Gentle washings with a washcloth or sponge are the norm until the umbilical cord falls off. Then you're free to start submerging your little one into bath water without fear of the umbilical cord getting wet.
In the beginning, your newborn is totally reliant on you. They can't sit up, hold themselves, or keep control of their head or neck. Bath time during this period is 100 percent hands on for parents. As your baby gets a little older, however, they'll start to sit, shakily, on their own while often splashing, laughing, or playing with toys during bath time. Throughout these stages, there are some fairly common bath time dangers shared below that are good to know about and can ensure parents stay safe and cautious.