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Giving Your Baby a Bath

By Rose Smith, Copyright 2003

A lot of parent's are apprehensive the first time they have to bath their baby. They may have practiced it once or twice in the hospital, but once you get home, you're totally on your own. Here are some tips to help you through the first few baths.

When you first get your new baby home, you will be doing sponge baths until the umbilical cord stump dries up and falls off. This is because you don't want it to get wet and a sponge bath allows you to wash around the cord without soaking it.

For a sponge bath you will need a couple of towels, one to spread out on a flat area such as a changing table top, bed or floor. The second one is to dry your baby with. Having a soft, hooded baby bath towel works well here. You will also need a soft wash cloth, a warm bowl of water, baby soap and baby shampoo if your newborn has a lot of hair. Make sure the soap and shampoo are formulated specifically for babies. Adult soaps and shampoos contain chemicals that can irritate the delicate skin of your baby, plus cause irritation and chemical burns of the eyes, should the soap product get into them.

Lay your baby on the towel and dip the wash cloth into the warm water. Apply a small amount of soap to the cloth and gently bathe your child's body, making sure to wipe inside the crevices of the underarms and legs. Rinse off the soap. You may want to pat dry your baby at this point so he or she doesn't get chilled.

Take the wet wash cloth and gently lift your baby's head and wet it down. Apply a very small amount of shampoo and wash the hair. Rinse off the shampoo with the wet wash cloth, making sure to get out any residue. Gently dry your baby's head.

You can begin bathing your child in a baby tub once the umbilical cord stump falls off. Just partially fill it with warm water (be sure it isn't too hot!). Place your baby in the tub and support his or her head, neck and upper back with your hand and arm. Use the same technique above to wash your baby. Dry them off, put on a clean diaper and sleeper, and your done. Soon, you'll be an old pro at this!

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