What is an Oatmeal Bath for Babies?

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Last updated: Mar 17 2023

You’ve heard how good oatmeal is for breakfast. Or snack time. But for bath time? What is an oatmeal bath for babies? How do you make one? Let’s dive in.

Oatmeal Bath for Babies

Oatmeal cookies.


Oatmeal pancakes.

But an oatmeal bath?

Oatmeal is so much more than a healthy breakfast.

It’s also nourishing for skin, both young and old.

Let’s talk about why you might want to give your baby an oatmeal bath, and how to do it.

In this article: 📝

  • What is an oatmeal bath for babies?
  • Is an oatmeal bath good for babies?
  • How do you give a baby an oatmeal bath?
  • Making the oatmeal bath for babies
  • How much oatmeal do I put in my baby’s bath?
  • Can I use Quaker oats for an oatmeal bath?
  • Oatmeal bath for babies: the final word

What is an oatmeal bath for babies?

An oatmeal bath is a regular bath but with finely ground oatmeal added to the water.

It’s soothing and nourishing and can be a great way to treat skin ailments for babies.

Or for anyone, really.

Is an oatmeal bath good for babies?

Oatmeal, besides being really nutritious when eaten, also has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties.

So it’s great for skin conditions like eczema, dry, itchy skin, and flaky skin.

Oatmeal also helps to repair the skin barrier, which is why oatmeal is a key ingredient in so many soothing body lotions, shampoos, and creams.

Oatmeal baths can soothe and moisturize babies’ dry skin.

You could also use oatmeal baths for diaper rash.

Plus, they can relieve a number of skin conditions (in babies, children, and adults), such as:

(A quick note here: if you’re concerned about a skin condition that your baby has, it’s best to check in with your doctor to make sure you get the right treatment.)

But an oatmeal bath is also just a great way to pamper your little one.

Sounds amazing, right? So how do you get started?

How do you give a baby an oatmeal bath?

Preparing an oatmeal bath for babies is pretty simple.

Ideally, you want to use colloidal oatmeal, which is a fine powder that you can buy in the skincare aisle or wherever soap-making supplies are sold.

You can also make your own colloidal oatmeal by grinding oats in your blender or coffee grinder.

The idea is to grind them up fine enough that they’ll dissolve in water.

Test your grinds by adding a small amount to a glass of warm water and stir.

If it dissolves, you’re good to go.

If not, keep grinding.

Making the oatmeal bath for babies

When you’ve got your oatmeal powder ready, you can start with the bath.

1. Start filling the bathtub with warm water.
Make sure the temperature is warm, but not too hot.)

2. As the bath is filling, sprinkle the oatmeal powder into the tub.
Mix the water by hand.

The oatmeal should dissolve after a few minutes.

3. Keep adding the oatmeal, a teaspoon at a time as the bath fills.
By the time you have the bath full enough, the water should be a milky white color.

4. It’s bath time!
Pop your baby into the oatmeal bath and gently pour the water over them.

5. Let them play in the water and enjoy it as a regular bath.
Have those bath toys ready!

You want to get them soak for at least ten to fifteen minutes to give the oatmeal time to work its magic.

6. Stay with them at all times.
There are two reasons for this — to keep them safe and to try and get the water all over their bodies.

7. When you take them out, pat them dry rather than rubbing with a towel.
You could also rub on a gentle moisturizer.

How much oatmeal do I put in my baby’s bath?

It depends on the size of your bath and how deep you make it.

But you’d probably need about a cup of oatmeal for a full bathtub.

And a third of a cup for a baby bathtub.

You can use the color of the water as a gauge to see if you’ve added enough.

Can I use Quaker oats for an oatmeal bath?

You can use any kind of plain oats for an oatmeal bath.

The only thing you should avoid is oatmeal that has other ingredients, colorants, or flavorings added.

Oatmeal bath for babies: the final word

And since the bath is run, why not hop in there too?

Oatmeal baths aren’t only good for babies.

They’re good for skin in general — and that means yours too.

Happy soaking, mama!