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Bathing

How to Bathe Your Baby:

From the age of birth to 3 weeks you should just give sponge bath.

1. Lay your baby flat on a soft towel or a sponge-lined bath bed.

2. Clean around each eye with separate cotton balled dipped in warm water. Make sure the water is not to hot. If you don’t have cotton balls make sure you have a very soft rag.

3. Support your baby’s head and limbs while using a clean, wet washcloth and a little bit of baby soap to gently wash her. Wash and rinse the genital area front to back. rinse the cloth well and use it to remove  all the soap. You can clean the umbilical stump with a cotton ball dipped in clean water or mild cleanser from your doctor.  Rinse thoroughly. Keep stump dry.

4. Clean your baby’s head with a small amount of baby shampoo. Rinse the cloth well, and use it to remove the shampoo, being careful to avoid her eyes.

5. when he is clean, dry him thoroughly. To prevent irritation, always avoid rubbing him vigorously. Then wrap her from head to in a dry bath towel, preferably a hooded one.

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From Ages 3 weeks to 4 Months:

1. Fill your baby’s bath tub or a dish tub with a few inches of warm water. NOT HOT Between 90-100*f. with one arm supporting her back or her neck and head, slip your baby into his tub.

2. Continue to support him with one arm and wash her with your free hand. Gently wash him with a small amount of baby soap and a clean soft washcloth.

3. Rinse with small cupfuls of water. Clean her scalp with a wet cloth and a tiny amount of baby shampoo. Rinse the cloth and use it to wipe off the shampoo. She may not be ready to have water poured on her head yet.

4 Carefully lift him out and lay him on a towel. Fold it up over his feet and across his middle, patting him dry as you go.

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last updated 07/04/09