Baby Bath Temperature

The perfect baby bath temperature could be the difference between your baby enjoying time in the water or dreading it.  If you are giving your newborn a bath for the first time it can be a little bit unnerving for both baby and parents but getting just the right temperature can help make it go a lot smoother. 

baby bath temperature

The bottom line is that not all babies enjoy bath time just like not all adults enjoying taking a dip in the tub.  On the other hand it can be the highlight of the day for some children and who can blame them for wanting to soak in warm water and having that clean and fresh feeling afterwards. 

The goal of every parent should be to provide the most inviting bath environment possible and getting the temperature right will help with that and also prevent scalding or giving your baby the chills.  There are some great temperature monitors on the market that help make this job easier. 

It's extremely important to keep water temperature under 120 °F (49 °C) because temperatures that exceed this can cause scalding or burns on your baby's skin.  The bath temperature should also be kept above 90 °F (32 °C) to avoid an uncomfortable experience for your baby and increase the chances that bath time isn't fun for anyone. 

The ideal baby bath temperature is 98.5 °F (37 °C) but this could range anywhere from 90-100 °F (32-37 °C) because each child has different sensitivities.  

The best way to ensure that your baby is never exposed to water that can cause injury or burns is to set your water heater to 115 °F (46 °C).  This can be done by adjusting the dial located on most water heaters and will set the maximum temperature that the heater will disperse.  If you have questions about how to set the temperature you should read the user's manual or contact a plumbing expert. 

A baby bath shouldn't last longer than 10-15 minutes because water cools very quickly especially with baby splashing and having a good time.  It's likely that your baby will let you know when the water gets too cold and when that happens it's a perfect time to towel them off and get them dressed.  Try to avoid drafts or blowing air and aim for a room temperature between 70-80 °F (21-26 °C).

A few general rules to follow when trying to monitor and ensure that the baby bath temperature is safe for child are:

  • Always fill the bath completely before putting your baby in the water and don't add water with your baby in the tub
  • Always test the water with your elbow (not your hand) before every bath and don't rely solely on a temperature monitoring device or thermometer
  • A thermometer should be used to constantly monitor the temperature as your child gets older and takes longer baths

There are a few really helpful devices available to help you keep an eye on the water temperature including thermometers and digital spout covers.  These products are designed to help you monitor your baby bath temperature so you don't have to worry about it while enjoying your bonding time with your children. 

Baby Bath Temperature Monitors

A bath temperature thermometer or monitor is a really handy device that ensures a safe bathing experience for your baby.  They are available in a variety of fun shapes and sizes so they can also be enjoyed as a water toy when your baby gets older.

There are simple thermometers similar to traditional outdoor thermometers that provide a reading on a temperature scale. The benefit is they are cheap and don't require batteries but they can often be difficult to read and provide inaccurate results. 

We recommend digital thermometers that provide precise temperatures displayed on an easy-to-read LCD screen. The temperatures are often color coded for easy reference; green - good, blue - cold, red - hot. The temperature is updated every second or two and some even have an alarm option that sounds when the temperature is either too hot or cold. 

It's a good idea to find a unit that operates on AAA batteries instead of smaller, more expensive and hard to find batteries.  It will come in handy if you ever need to replace the batteries when they wear out. 

Ozeri Turtlemeter Floating Bath Thermometer

The Ozeri Floating Bath Thermometer is a fun little device that floats in bath water providing constant readings of the temperature.  The temperature is displayed on the back of the turtle in 3 easy to read color coded displays for cold, just right and too hot. 

This thermometer is ideal because it gives parents peace of mind while also adding fun and enjoyment to bath time.  It operates on 3 AAA batteries that are included and should last about a year with average use. 

4Moms Spout Cover Temperature Monitor

The 4Moms Spout Cover Temperature Monitor is a great new device that acts as both a safety device for preventing bumps and bruises with the added convenience of a built-in thermometer.  

The temperature is displayed on a color background for easy reading.  It's made with foam and is designed to fit most standard faucets and operates on 3 AAA batteries that are not included.  It's mildew resistant and a great way to add safety to your baby's bath time. 

A baby that is under 6 months should only require a bath two or three times per week.  If you ensure the proper baby bath temperature and are vigilant about water safety you can be sure to have many fun baths that baby is sure to enjoy. 

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