Start by collecting all the bath items you need – towel/s, washcloth, cotton wool, new nappy and clean clothes. Put them within easy reach of the bath. Have an unfolded towel ready to dry your baby.
Make sure the room is a comfortable temperature. Fill the bath with about 5 cm of warm water. Test the water with a bath thermometer, your wrist or elbow – it should be about 36°C and not feel hot.
Moisten a cotton wool ball with warm water and gently clean your baby’s eyelids, wiping from inner eye to outer eye. Use a different piece of cotton wool for each eye.