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Is it true that newborns do not need to be bathed but only sponged off?

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Newborns don't get very dirty, so it isn't necessary to do a complete bath more than once or twice a week for the first few weeks of life. You do want to keep the diaper area clean and wash your baby's hands and face several times a day. You also want to check the skin folds behind the knees, around the neck and thighs, armpits, and behind the ears as moisture or lint from clothing can collect there.

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Newborns don't get very dirty, so it isn't necessary to do a complete bath more than once or twice a week for the first few weeks of life. You do want to keep the diaper area clean and wash your baby's hands and face several times a day. You also want to check the skin folds behind the knees, around the neck and thighs, armpits, and behind the ears as moisture or lint from clothing can collect there.

It's generally not recommended to do a tub bath until the baby's umbilical cord falls off, because excessive wetness may prolong drying of the cord. Don't be surprised if your baby cries during bathing at first, as this is a new experience and the skin of newborns is more sensitive than ours. So whether you are just sponging your baby or giving a more thorough bath, try to get everything you need organized beforehand so you can do it as quickly as possible. Eventually bath time becomes fun for most babies, and then you can linger with the process.

 
 
 
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