How to Give a Newborn a Sponge Bath


Hello to all new parents out there!

You’ll be doing sponge baths at first until your baby’s umbilical cord falls off. In this video, I’ll walk through the basics of bathing your newborn baby!

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How to Bathe a Baby

With many of my babies, I felt much more comfortable with the sponge bath so I just continued to do that for a while rather than doing a bath in an infant bathing tub (translation: I was scared out of my mind to bathe them in water!).

Don’t be scared when it comes to bathing your baby, you’ll develop your confidence and you’ll get there. Here I walk through some newborn-bathing tips, including what your set-up should be and what kind of products you’ll want to have on hand. Keep watching for more!

How did you go about sponge-bathing your newborn? What worked for you? And how yummy did that baby smell when she was squeaky clean? Share your stories below and thanks for watching!

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to check back for more! xo


  • dharrison2

    hi, First let me start of by saying that I love all your videos. Their a HUGE Help. I am a First time mom..and I have no idea what im doing. I have tons of questions about breastfeeding. I feel like everything Im doing is wrong. Im so scared to take care of my daughter, especially bc she is a preemie. I was wondering if I can ask you questions and you can help me out. Thank you Melissa

    • I will do my best — I appreciate if you ask them in the form of comments to a show b/c that way hopefully another mom can benefit — my 3rd was a premie — I could not nurse him for several days but I pumped religiously every 3 hours — the first few days I got nothing! Then, it came in… I ended up having more milk for him than for any of the other babies, and he had a bottle every day and was so flexible, it worked out great. You can ask me anything, hang in there, sending lots of love, xoxo Melissa

  • Swapna

    hi Melissa!

    your blog is really good.. helping lot of new mommies..

    Had a question in mind

    when should we give sponge bathe to newborn baby?
    I mean should we plan before feeding or after feeding..

    • I did this after the first feed in the morning, but you can do it whenever it makes sense for you, and for a newborn it should definitely be a sponge bath and not a bath in water. M