Become an expert in bathing your newborn baby
Wash baby's hair. Hold baby in a safety grip over the bath or basin, with your arm supporting her back and head. Use your free hand to gently wet her hair. Apply a little shampoo to your hand and gently rub it into her hair. Rinse's baby's hair well and pat dry with a towel.
Put on fresh nappy. Apply a thin layer of baby jelly to baby's bottom to form a protective barrier against irritating wetness and to prevent nappy rash.
Wash her body. Add a few drops of baby oil to the bathwater at this stage. Remove her nappy and clean her bottom. Wipe from front to back
Moisturise baby's body. Apply lotion or aqueous cream. This is a good opportunity to massage your baby.
Put on fresh nappy. Make sure it's securely fastened.
Wash baby's body. Rinse soap off with your free hand, keep the face and head dry. Never leave your baby unattended around the water.
Wash baby's body. Use a cleansing product to clean her body.
Clean baby's cord. Clean your babys cord area with a cotton bud soaked in surgical spirits.
Wash baby's face. Wash the eyes with damp pieces of cotton wool, a separate piece for each eye. Always clean from the inside to the outside of the eye. Use another piece of cotton wool to wipe the rest of the face.
Don't forget to dry her thoroughly in the folds of her skin.
Skin and sun protection. Protect your baby with a hat if going out in the sun, and cover ears on cold, windy days. Don't expose your newborn to direct sunlight.
Apply baby powder. To prevent friction and chafing, especially in skin folds, apply baby powder. Sprinkle it into your hands and then apply, rather than applying straight onto the baby.
Get ready and comfortable. Settle and reassure your baby. Undress her, leaving her nappy on. Wrap the baby in a towel to prevent too much wriggling, and to keep her warm. Check the temperature of the water.
Dry baby well. Lift baby from the bath or basin and wrap her in a towel. This is a great time for a cuddle. Place her gently on a towel and pat her skin dry.