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Clean Up With a Newborn Sponge Bath

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Your newborn baby may not be playing in the yard just yet, but he still needs an occasional bath. Grab a sponge or washcloth for an easy way to keep your baby clean.

Start with a sponge bath

Experts recommend sponge baths for babies whose umbilical cord stumps have not yet fallen off, which could take up to three weeks. They’re also a great option for boys who haven’t fully healed from circumcision. Avoid bathing your baby every day, though — daily baths could dry out his delicate baby skin. Three times a week will be just fine until your baby is 1 year old.

Five simple steps to success

Picking a time for your baby's sponge bath is up to you. Some moms prefer mornings, when babies are usually alert and raring to go. Other moms choose evenings, as part of a calming bedtime ritual. No matter what time you prefer, these easy steps will help you create the perfect baby bath experience.

1. Get set up. Gather everything you’ll need before you start. Many parents find it easiest to place their baby in a towel-lined infant tub, but you could lay a towel on just about any flat, comfortable surface — a changing table, bed, floor, or counter next to the sink. Grab a change of clothes, a clean diaper, a couple of washcloths, another big towel, a mild baby soap, and a bowl or cup of warm — not hot — water. (Test it with your inner wrist.)

2. Keep your little one cozy. Make sure the room is warm before undressing your baby. Plan to drape a warm, wet washcloth over the parts of your baby you’re not cleaning at the moment so she stays comfortable.


 

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