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Bathe or Not to Bathe?
A few tips to help you know when
and how to keep your newborn clean
And the answer is … “to bathe!” But
the question is … “how?”
You’re on your way home from the hospital. You’re
exhausted and a little nervous – yet you’re
full of intense joy and excitement for the new life born
just days ago.
Reality is starting to set in. You begin to realize that
even the most seemingly-minor things become huge question
marks in your mind – being that this IS your first
You can’t believe you forgot to ask Doctor about
bathing your new little girl! You begin to wonder … how
often should I bathe her? When should I start
bathing her? How do I bathe her? This seemed like
common sense prior to birth – but now you’re
Let us shed a little bit of light on your questions –
and attempt to ease your fears.
First of all, don’t worry about bathing your new
baby several times a day … or even daily for that
matter. In her first year, a gentle cleansing every few
days is great. (Obviously the diaper area may require
Until her umbilical cord falls off (or, if a boy … his
circumcision is healed), the best cleansing method is
a sponge bath.
As you’re getting ready, remember that you never
want to leave your baby unattended so make sure you have
all the baby supplies handy.
sure room temperature is warm and water temperature
isn’t too hot or cold. Dab her skin with water
and a little mild baby soap (test it first for allergies).
To keep her from getting chilled, dry as you go – and
keep her covered as much as possible!
Once the umbilical cord stump area is healed, you can start
giving her a tub bath – we’d recommend using
the kitchen sink or a plastic tub.
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