Parenting Questions

How to Bathe a Newborn

Sponge baths are usually recommended until the umbilical cord has fallen off (and if circumcised, until the penis has healed – approximately 1 week).  However, there is not strong evidence about the benefit of sponge baths over traditional baths, and if the cord gets a little wet, that is perfectly OK.  Bathing is not required daily – a couple of times per week is fine.  Remember that babies are not dirty and soap is not needed at every bath.  Make sure to give your baby a bath in a safe space, with all your materials ready (so that you don’t leave the baby alone to get something), have extra hands if needed and try and dry the baby as you go to avoid the baby getting too cold.  Use clean water throughout and clean corners of a washcloth for the eye area.

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