Topping and tailing

Bathing or washing your baby can sometimes seem a little daunting. Did you know that your baby doesn’t need a bath every day? We do need to keep babies clean daily so this is when we ‘top and tail’ a baby instead of bathing.

Choose a time when your baby is awake and content.  This doesn’t have to be first thing in the morning; it can be anytime you want.  Make sure that the room is warm and you’ve got everything ready before you start. You’ll need a bowl of warm water, a towel, cotton wool, a fresh nappy and some clean clothes.

If this is your first try at topping and tailing we know there can be a lot to try to remember. Have a look at this short video to see how it’s done:

Senior practitioner Carole showing you how you can top and tail your baby