Sponge Baths: How to Sponge Bathe a Newborn

Sponge Baths: How to Sponge Bathe a Newborn

What is a sponge bath and tips to make it a pleasant experience for your newborn.

Your newborn baby may not be playing in the yard just yet, but he still needs an occasional bath. The easiest way to keep your new baby clean is a sponge bath: a gentle, pleasant cleansing experience for your little one.

Keep in mind that daily baths aren't necessary or recommended, since they could dry out his delicate skin. Three times a week will be just fine until your baby is a year old.

Ready to start? Just follow these six steps to success.

  1. Pick a time that works for you. Some moms prefer morning baths when babies are usually alert and raring to go. Other moms choose evenings as part of a calming bedtime ritual.
  2. Gather everything you'll need before you start. 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). Test the water temperature with your inner wrist.
  3. 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.
  4. Start at the top. Start with her face and head, using a washcloth without soap so you don't get any suds in her eyes or mouth. Pay special attention to the neck and the area under the chin. The spaces between fingers and toes, under the arms, and behind the ears also get surprisingly dirty. Wipe carefully around the umbilical stump, making sure to keep it dry. If you accidentally get the stump wet, gently pat it dry with a soft towel. Clean the diaper area last, and always support your baby's head and neck!
  5. Protect to heal. If your son has been circumcised, wash his penis gently with water until it heals (usually about a week to 10 days after the surgery). If he's not circumcised, just wash it as you would other parts of his body.
  6. Wrap it up. Finish off by drying your baby with a hooded towel, putting on a fresh diaper and planting a kiss on his clean, soft belly. All done!
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Daily baths

MandaCococnut 9/15/2015

We have to give daily baths because he poops all over himself!

good advice

Nia 9/12/2015

I like the tips to make sponge bath go more smoothly.

Learned something new

Angi 9/10/2015

My 1st born never got a sponge bath, only normal baths. This sounds a lot less stressful, can't wait to try this on #2.

Great Tip!

Karen 8/29/2015

Very helpful!



Thanks for this. I just realized you dont bathe baby at first.

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