How to Bathe a One Year Old

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How to Bathe a One Year Old
When safety measure are taken, bath time will be enjoyable for your one-year-old child. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Most one-year-old babies have grown too big to be bathed in the kitchen sink or in an infant tub. Moving to the big bath tub to bathe a one-year-old requires a few safety measures. Keeping your baby warm and comfortable will make bath time the opportunity not only to clean your baby but to bond with her as well.

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Things you need

  • bath seat
  • rubber mat
  • thermometer
  • wash cloth
  • gentle soap
  • soft-bristled brush

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  1. 1

    Set the thermostat on the water heater to 48.9 degrees Celsius. Check the water with your hand to prevent scalding. Keep the air in the room comfortably warm.

    How to Bathe a One Year Old
    The water temperature must be comfortable. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Fill the bath tub with about six inches of water. Use a cup, bowl or wash cloth to continuously cover the baby's body with warm water throughout the bath.

  3. 3

    Purchase a new bath seat with suction cups on the bottom to securely fit into the bath tub bottom. Inspect the suction cups for cracking or signs of wear. Place a rubber mat on the bottom of the bath tub if a bath seat is not possible in your tub.

    How to Bathe a One Year Old
    A bathseat will hold the baby securely in the tub. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Wash the baby's face with a wash cloth and gentle soap. Clean between the folds of skin. Rinse the soap away with warm water.

  5. 5

    Wash your baby's hair only if needed. Rub a small amount of soap into the scalp. Support your baby's head and neck as you lean her back to wash away the soap. Rub her scalp with a soft-bristled brush to loosen any cradle cap.

    How to Bathe a One Year Old
    Wash baby's hair only when it seems dirty. (Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Tips and warnings

  • Always stay within arms' reach of a baby in water.
  • Never leave a child unattended in water.

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