Washing and changing your baby

Washing your baby

Washing your baby properly can help prevent skin irritation, redness and dryness. There are a few simple rules to respect when taking care of his or her fragile skin:

  • Wash your baby once a day, preferably in the evening. Bathing has a calming effect, which helps babies fall asleep.
  • Bath water (or shower temperature) should be between 35°C and 37°C.
  • Heat the bathroom to between 22°C and 24°C.
  • Bath time should not last longer than 15 minutes.
  • Do not use regular soap on your baby as it can cause skin irritation and dryness.
  • After washing your baby, carefully dry his or her skin, including the folds, to prevent irritation.

Our advice for changing your baby’s nappy

For your baby’s comfort, you should change him or her whenever necessary. This helps to avoid problems caused by prolonged exposure to wet or dirty nappies, including nappy rash or inflammation of skin folds (intertrigo).

  • Change your baby as soon as his or her nappy is soiled. Generally this is around 10 times a day.
  • Every time you change baby’s nappy, carefully clean his or her bottom by wiping from front to back so faeces do not come into contact with the genitals. Dry carefully to prevent irritation.
  • If you have a boy, cover his penis with a wipe while changing his nappy to avoid getting sprayed.
  • Apply a thin layer of protective ointment to baby’s bottom.

Dr. Gilles Brami