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BATHING BABY Once you’re home, it may be easier to give your baby sponge baths at first. Simply use a warm, damp washcloth to wash and dry their face, body, and diaper area—in that order. After the umbilical cord has fallen off, many providers are fine with you giving your baby a tub bath. You can do this in the sink or a baby bathtub filled with about 3-4 inches of warm water. Some parents like to loosely wrap the baby in a lightweight blanket before placing in the tub or you can place a towel in the bottom of the tub.

Have all supplies nearby: mild soap, wash cloth, plastic cup, towel, diaper, and clothes.

The water temperature should be about 90° F and feel warm on the inside of your wrist. Keep the room comfortably warm, about 74° F.

Support your baby’s neck with one hand and wrap your fingers around one thigh as you place them in and take them out of the tub.

Wash the face first, then the body and diaper area using a tiny amount of mild soap.

Clean all the folds and creases, including under the baby’s neck.

Use your cup to rinse the baby by pouring warm water over them. Dry the baby with a warm towel then dress them.

Never leave the baby alone—if you must leave, always take the baby with you.

Bathe the baby 2-3 times a week; in between wash the face, hands, and diaper area.


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