It is so important for baby to learn quickly that bath time is a relaxing conversation with his parents. We know now that babies DO have memory from their earliest experiences. We want baby to know that bath time is a time when he can rely on you to take his cares away. This is a routine that will give him skills in handling stress his whole life.
We also know that baby needs to feel safe during this very intimate activity. We want to be as gentle as possible and stop whenever she needs a moment to pull herself together. Giving her a moment, helps build her ability to tolerate your touch in sensitive areas.
For very sensitive babies, I recommend actually using a dishtowel to swaddle baby. Don’t be afraid to dip baby into the bath, towel and all.