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Bathing Your Baby

Bathing your baby too often will cause dry skin. Many doctors recommend sponge baths until the umbilical cord falls off and then bathing one to three times a week with warm water and a soft cloth. 

When using a tub or sink:

  • Collect everything you may need to bathe your baby before you begin. 
  • Make sure the room is nice and warm.
  • Place a towel or large sponge under your baby to keep him from slipping from your grasp. Use only 2 or 3 inches of water. 
  • Wait until the bath water is completely ready before undressing your baby so he won’t get chilled.
  • Wash your baby’s face and eyes first before putting him in the tub to prevent eye infections. 
  • Use just a small amount of mild soap to avoid dry skin. Wash your baby’s scalp with a wet, soapy cloth. You will only need to wash your baby’s hair with shampoo once a week. 
  • Rinse your baby thoroughly with a clean, soft cloth or sponge.
  • Wrap your baby in a towel and pat him dry.
  • NEVER leave your baby alone in the sink or tub even for a second because he could drown.
  • NEVER leave your baby alone on a bathroom counter.
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