How to Bathe Baby in Kitchen Sink

Many parents have asked me about how to bathe a baby in a kitchen sink. The short answer is that it’s not recommended, but there are some instances where you may need how to bathe baby in kitchen sink. For example, perhaps your water heater has broken, and you can’t get clean water from anywhere else? Or maybe your infant has been exposed to something unsanitary or needs immediate medical care? In these cases, the kitchen sink is really your only option. 

How to Bathe Baby in Kitchen Sink

Materials You Needs

  • At least one parent!
  • A rubber mat for the sink to prevent slipping.
  • A large container of warm water. You can use a bucket if you don’t have access to running water inside your home.
  • One washcloth. Optionally,  bath towels and clothespins (to clip the towels to the side of the sink).
  • A plastic jug or pitcher of water for rinsing.
  • A towel to dry the baby after the bath.

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11 Stepwise Guide on How to Bathe Baby in Kitchen Sink

Step 1 : Gather All the Needs.

A kitchen sink Quarters filled with lukewarm water A large fresh towel Two clean cloth diapers One soap (preferably unscented)

Step 2 : Prepare the Bath Area.

Wipe down the outer perimeter of your sink, surrounding countertops, and backsplash if needed using an all-purpose cleaner. Thoroughly wash your arms and hands, then fill the sink with quarters filled with lukewarm water upwards to an inch of the rim. Remove any floating toys or objects from the water. Make sure that there are no soap bubbles anywhere in the vicinity since soap bubbles dry patchy, which ruins the whole process.

Step 3 : Prepare the Baby.

Remove all of your baby’s clothes and diapers. Take off any diaper cream she may be wearing, unless it is cloth diaper safe, of course. Then place her on a fresh cloth diaper within arms reach of the sink. Remember that you don’t want her crawling away on the slippery floor while you are piling her hair on top of her head.

Removing All of the Baby's Clothes and Diapers

Step 4: Prepare Yourself for the Process.

Take two clean cloth diapers (preferably one thick and one thin) and fold them into halves or quarters, depending on how deep your sink is. Fill it about halfway with lukewarm water to weigh it down, then take a few steps back into the kitchen.

Step 5:  Lower Your Baby Into the Sink.

Get your baby to sit between your legs, with her back facing you. Remember, she has no idea what is going on, so this might be a little scary for her at first. If possible, have an extra pair of hands to help you lower her in and keep her from scrambling away. Slowly slide one hand under her legs while the other hand keeps her head above water. Lower her in slowly while she is suspended between your hands, and make sure to keep her head above water at all times.

Step 6: Wash Baby’s Hair First.

Wet every section of her hair one by one with lukewarm water before shampooing it. For extra cleanliness, you can even make a little lather out of the soap and rub it gently onto her scalp before rinsing.

Step 7 : Wash Baby’s Body Next.

Lather up a small amount of soap with the cloth diaper and start scrubbing your little one down from neck to toe. Pay special attention to her neck, behind her ears, and underarms. Rinse thoroughly before moving on to the next step.

Step 8 : Clean Baby’s Face Last.

Use a damp cloth to wipe away any dirt or markings on your baby’s face and around her eyes and mouth. If your child is still squirmy and fidgety enough to make this difficult, you may clean the rest of her off with a wet cloth diaper and call it a day. Otherwise, use a baby-safe soap to gently wash around her eyes and mouth before rinsing everything away.

Using a Damp Cloth to Wipe Away Any Dirt

Step 9 : Rinse Your Baby!

Wet the fresh cloth diaper (the one without soap) with lukewarm water and ring it out a few times. Gently wipe away remaining soap residue from her face and neck, then place the wet cloth diaper over her eyes and nose to stop any soap from getting in them. Finally, rinse off the suds with fresh lukewarm water without removing the diapering cloth from the baby’s face.

Step 10 : Remove Baby From the Sink.

Take the fresh, clean cloth diaper and tuck it into one hand behind your little one’s back. Use your other hand to pick her up by grabbing her around the ribs like you would if you were giving someone a bear hug. Once she is standing, bring her to eye level with you before removing the soapy cloth diapering her face. If you want to be extra careful, you can wipe away any remaining soap with a dry towel before finishing up with the cloth diapering.

Taking the Fresh and Clean Cloth Diaper

Step 11 Wrap Baby in a Towel With Feet and Hands-free.

Please take one of your absorbent cloth diapers (preferably terry cloth) and lay it on the counter with one side folded down. Place your baby on top of this, leaning over the towel so that her head is facing you. Fold the other side of the towel up to cover her, then take each of her little feet into your hands one by one before drying them off with a dry cloth diaper or hand towel.

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Tips and Suggestions

  1. If you’ve got a little one who still likes to kick her legs while you dry them off, sit or lean her on your lap instead of the counter.
  2. Wipe down the sink with a clean cloth diaper before sending your baby back in there for another bath.
  3. While it may seem daunting at first, bathing a newborn is not as difficult as it sounds.
  4. One of these options is to use a child’s plastic baby bathtub inside your regular tub or shower.


 A baby’s bath doesn’t have to be an elaborate procedure. You can bathe your child in the kitchen sink with just a few supplies you likely already have on hand, including water, soap or shampoo, towels, and washcloths. Here is some tips easy but effective method of bathing work well for both parent and child alike.  First off, fill up your sink with warm-not hot water, so it is deep enough to accommodate sitting down while still being able to hold the baby securely when needed. Thank you for reading How to Bathe Baby in Kitchen Sink. I hope you all will find this article helpful.

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