It’s not necessary to bath your baby every single day, indeed the is evidence that it is better for your baby’s skin flora to avoid daily baths (especially using harsh chemicals). If you choose not to bath your baby, you could do what we call a top and tail which allows you to clean your baby’s face and bottom whilst keeping the rest of your baby dry and warm.
This means literally cleaning your baby at the top end and cleaning your baby at the tail end.
You don’t have to use a bowl specifically designed for the purpose but you do need to use separate bowls of water for each end otherwise dirty water that has been used to wash your baby’s bottom may get into your baby’s eyes and mouth.
You can use cotton wool, a muslin, or a very soft face cloth.
Babies are milk fed and this liquid food gets everywhere and under all their lovely folds and ‘bracelets.’ Your baby’s neck area can get smelly and gummed up and become sore if this gunky dried up milk isn’t washed off your baby’s skin. However, be very gentle and get in under all the folds.