How To Make A Milk Bath For Baby

Make your own soothing milk bath. Baby will love it – and so will you! If you’ve spent any time at all on social media lately, you’ll know that milk bath photography is EVERYWHERE. And there is no sweeter image than a precious bubba soaking serenely in a warm and soothing milk bath. Benefits of this ancient practice go beyond a cute image to share on Insta though!

If you’ve been thinking about how to give your baby a milk bath, read on!

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Why choose a milk bath for baby?


A milk bath is simply the practice of adding milk – cow, breast or even almond or coconut – to your baby’s usual warm bath.

Cleopatra, Queen of Ancient Egypt, famously bathed in donkey’s milk to maintain her beauty and keep her skin luxuriously soft and youthful. If it’s good enough for a queen, it’s good enough for us! And there are  milk bath benefits for baby, too.

Bathing in milk is a lovely, natural way to boost moisture levels in the skin and soothe irritation. Cow’s milk (most commonly used in milk baths today) is rich in fatty acids, antioxidants and proteins which help to soften and soothe.

If your baby is particularly unsettled, a warm milk bath can be what’s needed to relax and settle them. For an extra-soothing, bonding experience, take a milk bath with your bub. The skin to skin contact is so comforting for you both.

Baby milk bath recipe

It’s easy to make your own milk bath – baby will love it, too!

What you’ll need:

  • 1-2L of cow’s milk (or a vegan alternative)
  • 1 x baby bath, sink, or the big bath if you want to join in!
  • 1-2 pumps of natural baby wash (optional)
  • 1 x adorable bubba (compulsory!)


How to make your milk bath, baby!:

  1. Fill the bath or sink with warm water as you usually would.
  2. Add the milk, a cup at a time, until you achieve the desired milkiness – the more milk you use, the creamier the water will be. TIP: don’t add the milk to running water or it will foam.
  3. Add a pump or two of your favourite natural baby wash  – our Lavender & Chamomile wash adds a gorgeously calming scent.
  4. Check the temperature is perfect (topping up with a little extra warm water if the milk has cooled it down too much) and pop your scrumptious little bub in their lovely milk bath!
  5. If you want to capture the moment, you can add some blooms or green foliage to the bath and snap the Insta-perfect moment on your phone!

Please note: if your baby has allergies to dairy, milk baths will not be suitable.

Breast milk bath for baby

If you have stores of breast milk or an oversupply each time you pump, you might like to consider giving your bub a lovely breast milk bath.

The benefits of a breast milk bath include:

  • moisturising for baby’s skin – breast milk contains fatty acids such as oleic acid, palmitic acid, and linolenic acid which helps skin retain moisture
  • rich in antioxidants that can protect skin against environmental stressors
  • calming and soothing for skin sensitivities and redness


Follow the same baby milk bath recipe as above, substituting with breast milk. Of course, that’s a lot of milk, so you might choose this method if you have a frozen supply that is due to expire sooner than you can use it all.

Goats milk baby skin care

If the idea of a milk bath isn’t quite for you but you’d like the skin benefits that a milk bath can provide, try goats milk skin care. Using a gentle goats milk baby wash in your little one’s bath provides nourishment and soothing to delicate skin, boosting moisture and keeping it soft. If dry skin or eczema is a concern for your family, try our Australian Goats Milk range. For a subtly scented alternative, try our Australian Goats Milk & Manuka Honey range made with Disney.

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