Some things to keep in mind: Wait until she’s old enough.
Don’t submerge your baby in water until her umbilical cord drops off and her navel has healed.
Stick to sponge baths and turn to other bonding tactics, such as kangaroo care (holding your baby’s bare body against your bare chest) until then.
Can a baby die after inhaling water the the bath?
“This can happen in a bathtub as well if the child goes face down in the water.” That water can irritate the lungs, which may cause more fluid build-up. If too much liquid accumulates, the lungs may run out of room for air. It used to be called dry or secondary drowning, and some people still call it that.
Can you put a baby under water?
Is it safe to dunk a baby under water? Your safest bet is no! Although infants may naturally hold their breath on some occasions, they’re just as likely to swallow water. That’s why babies are more susceptible to the bacteria and viruses in pool water and lakes that can cause gastroenteritis and diarrhea.
When can you submerge baby in bath?
In the beginning, a sponge bath with a warm, damp washcloth is all your newborn needs. Before giving your baby her first tub bath, wait until her umbilical cord falls off, which usually happens ten to 14 days after birth. When your baby is ready to go in the tub, it’s fine to use just water.
How do you submerge a baby in water?
You must hold your child horizontal in the water as a vertical submersion will push the water up their nose (this stings). Move with your baby; ensure you can see their face, and use the verbal cue, lift on the word under and if your babies eyes are shut they are ready to submerge.