bathing a newborn babyBathing A New Baby

During the first year of your baby’s life, he or she will not need very frequent bathing. In fact, two to three times weekly is enough to keep your baby clean without drying out his or her skin. Bathing your new baby can be a great bonding experience for both parent and child.

For the first four weeks, or until the umbilical cord has fallen off and healed completely, you will want to sponge bathe your new baby. Undress your baby and lay him or her on a flat surface like the counter or your changing table. Gently wash the eyes, nose, and ears with a damp washcloth containing only water, then put baby shampoo on the rag and wet it again. Now was your baby’s head and wash the body, making sure to clean the genital area as well as creases in the skin behind the neck and in other areas.

After the umbilical cord has healed completely, your baby is ready to be bathed in an infant tub. Bathing your new baby in the tub might be distressing for him or her at first, so the baths should be brief until the baby gets used to them. Only put a few inches of water in the baby tub and use one hand to support the baby while using the other to wash. Keep pouring warm water over the baby during the bath to keep him or her from getting cold. Once he or she is clean, immediately wrap them up in a towel and dry them off before putting on a new diaper and a new outfit.