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Always check the temperature with your hand before bathing your baby. Aim for bath water around 100 F (38 C). To prevent scalding, set the thermostat on your water heater to below 120 F (49 C). Be sure the room is comfortably warm, too. A wet baby might be easily chilled.

The ideal amount of water for a baby bath is debatable. A common recommendation is 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 centimeters) of warm water. To keep your baby warm, pour warm water over his or her body throughout the bath. Some research suggests that using slightly more water — enough to cover a baby's shoulders — can be calming and help reduce heat loss. With any amount of water, be sure to hold your baby securely.

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