Bath time for your baby!
Newborns need baths every 2 to 3 days. Use mild baby soaps and shampoos. You can give your baby a sponge bath or you could do the bath in a baby bathtub or sink.
• Place your baby on a flat surface.
• Undress your baby and wrap in a towel.
• Dip a washcloth in water to gently wipe eyes.
• Use a soapy cloth to clean the rest of your baby's body. Clean between skin folds. Keep the rest of your baby’s body wrapped in a towel so he or she doesn't get cold.
• Wash the diaper area last. That’s to keep from spreading germs.
• Rinse your baby off and pat dry.
• Fill a small tub or sink with 2 to 3 inches of warm water. Check temperature so it's not too hot or too cold.
• Support your baby’s head with one hand and use the other hand to hold your baby’s body as you place him/her in the tub feet first.
• Pour warm water so your baby doesn’t get cold.
• Wash face gently with plain water.
• Wash body with soapy water.
• Use baby shampoo. Avoid your baby’s eyes.
• Wash the diaper area last.
• Rinse with plain water.
• Wrap with a towel and pat dry.
• Remember to always keep your eyes on your child in and around water, and don't let yourself be distracted.
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