How Long After Feeding Should I Bathe Baby (And Why)?

How Long After Feeding Should I Bathe Baby (And Why)?

Exact Answer: Avoid Bathing

You should try to avoid bathing your baby soon after they have been fed by the mother. If your baby feels relaxation whenever the baby has taken a bath then it is best that you bathe your baby before they go to sleep.

Even when your baby is hungry you should not bathe your baby but, when your baby needs some relaxation then you must be able to give them a good bath. Make sure that the room that you are using to bathe the baby is warm and you should have all the necessary things like a towel, napkins, clean clothes, and cotton wool.

How Long After Feeding Should I Bathe Baby

How Long After Feeding Should I Bathe Baby?

When can you bathe your baby?You should select a time for bathing your baby so that you won’t be interrupted.
When to give a bath to your newborn?You should wait for at least one to three weeks when the umbilical cord dries up.

Parents need to know when and how a baby should bathe. This is important in the sense that you do not want to injure your baby by rubbing soap or sponge roughly on your baby’s body.

There is no need to bathe your baby every day, but if your baby feels relaxed and calm as soon as you bathe them then you can continue giving them a bathe every day. Do not bathe your baby straight after they have been fed or when they are hungry.

You need to make sure that the room or the bathroom should be warm before you bathe your baby. There could be a chance that your baby might catch a cold and suffer pneumonia. Handling a baby is quite a risky task but if things are done correctly then there should be no harm.


If you do not have an idea about the things that should be done to the baby while you are bathing them then you should ask for advice from a doctor or you could surf over the internet for some instructions.

Look for videos on the internet because if you watch a tutorial video then when you are bathing your baby it will be easier for you and there would be no trouble.

Why Does It Take That Long After Feeding To Bathe A Baby?

You should not feed your baby after they have been fed recently. You should also not bathe your baby every day. Whenever a newborn is born then the parents should not give them an immediate bath because a portion of the umbilical cord would still be attached.

As soon as the umbilical cord dries and falls off then you can give your baby a bath. However, once the umbilical cord dries up you can give your baby a sponge bath. You should do all the things very gently and slowly because being adults your parents will have more strength and it might injure the baby.

Make a list of things that you need before you bathe your baby. Things like clean towels, cloths, sponges, baby soap, and other such kinds of things while you give your baby a bath. Massage your baby a little because those things can be relaxing for your baby and will help in blood circulation.

Bathe A Baby

However, not all babies will feel comfortable while taking a bath because they might feel scared. If your baby feels frightened during this time then you should all bathe together. Remember to avoid using any kind of baby oil or lotions until and unless your baby turns a month old.


Try not to give your baby a bath every day because you might not know that your baby could catch a cold. However, you should continuously go for a routine check-up for your baby so that no issues or complications are arising.

Do not leave your baby alone in the bathtub or any other place while you are giving a bath. Try to avoid phone calls during this time or you can take the help of one of your family members. You should use products that will suit your baby’s skin and do not use any other type of liquid cleaners in the bathwater.


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  1. This article is so helpful, it’s exactly what I needed to read when I’m about to become a parent. Thanks!

  2. I had no idea that the time right after feeding was so important to consider when bathing a baby. This article is very informative

  3. It seems to make sense to avoid bathing right after feeding, I don’t know why I never thought about this before

  4. I find it hard to believe that it’s this crucial to avoid bathing after feeding, but the sources cited in this article are very convincing

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