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Washing your newborn baby: Aboriginal parents

0-3 months

Preparing the bath

You can use a clean bucket, sink or small dish to bath your baby. You will also need a towel, soap, a clean nappy and clean clothing.

Fill the container with a little bit of warm water – less than half the container. Test the temperature of the water with your hand or wrist. Check that the water is not too hot or too cold.

Gently place your baby in the water, supporting the baby’s head with your arm.

Bathing your baby

Wet a cotton wool ball or soft cloth. Gently wipe your baby’s eyes from inside to out. Use a new cotton wool ball or clean part of the cloth for each eye.

Rest your baby’s head on your arm and hold the baby with your hand. Use your other hand to wash the baby.

 Gently wash your baby.

Bathing your baby safely

Never leave your baby alone in the bath. Always finish the bath first before doing something else.

Be careful when taking your baby out of the bath because the baby might be slippery.    

Clean babies are happy and healthy babies.

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