Tips for Baby's First Bath




Here at Cuddledry HQ, we know how special your baby's first bath is. We know you want this moment to be one you remember for years to come, and we want to help make sure it's remembered for all the right reasons.

The original handsfree apron baby bath towel was invented after Helen and Polly watched their husbands struggle at bathtime with their own babies. It became very clear very quickly, that a towel tucked under the chin or spread out on the cold bathroom floor did not make a happy baby! 

Fast forward 15 years, and we think we've nailed it! Here are our tips for baby's first bath- please pass it on to a friend and share on social so we can help reassure more new families.


We know that baby's first bath can be daunting, but your baby will pick up on stress so it's important to sty calm and relaxed. This will help them to feel safe and secure too. 

Be prepared

Now is definitely not the time to wing it. Before you even think about filling that baby bath with water, make sure you have everything you need- and make sure it's all within reaching distance too. We recommend you gather together

tips for baby's first
  • Cuddledry handsfree towel- fasten around your neck like an apron before bathtime 
  • A soft towel or cushion to kneel on
  • Nappies and equipment needed for nappy change
  • Bowl of warm water for a top & tail wash
  • Bamboo washcloths 
  • Clothes to dress baby in after the bath
  • Equipment needed for feeding
  • Relaxing music (optional)
  • An extra pair of hands- if you have help offered, take it!

Get the bath ready

When you've got everything you need, make sure baby is in a safe place while you prepare the bath water. Make sure the bath water temperature is just right (see this post for tips on baby bath safety) and that you don't overfill. You don't need bubble bath or soap at this point, just warm water.

tips for baby's first


 Follow our tried and tested steps for baby bathtime success:

  1. Gently lay baby on a soft blanket and use a bamboo washcloth to clean the face, taking care around the eyes.
  2. Strip baby down to nappy and gently clean the uppper body, under the chin and under the arms. 
  3. Remove baby's nappy and gently wash the area, again with warm water and a silky soft bamboo washcloth.
  4. Use both hands to lift your baby and lower them into the water.  Place one arm on your baby's shoulders and neck, holding baby's outside arm with your hand. Place your other hand under baby's bottom and in this position lower them gently into the water. When your baby is safely in the water, you can remove your bottom hand.
  5. Keep hold of your baby throughout bathtime, using your other hand to gently scoop water onto the skin. When you're ready, use both hands to gently lift baby from the water. Bring them to your chest and hold them against the warmth of your handsfree towel.
  6. Holding baby with one hand, use your other one to lift the bottom corner of the towel up so that you can hook the hood over baby's head.
  7. Then wrap the rest of the towel around your baby, and cuddle them dry.
  • Read this post for a more detailed explanation of how to use your handsfree towel. 

When you're ready, you can lay baby down onto a safe surface and use the one handed popper release to remove the apron towel from around your neck.

After bath time

Babies can feel the cold a lot more quickly than adults, so make sure you dress them swiftly once you've enjoyed warm cuddles. Lots of babies will want a feed straight after bath time too, and if you're doing this as part of your bedtime routine then now is a good time to settle down for the night in a dim and peaceful room. And now breathe. You did it. You rock.