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How to Give a Newborn a Bath

Learn how to give a newborn a bath from parenting coach Tammy Gold in this Howcast baby care video.


We are going to give a newborn a sponge bath. You want to have all of
your stuff lined out. A bowl of water - when the baby has her
bellybutton, you don't want to submerge them into water, so, you put
them on a towel. You get everything you need right at your fingertips
so that you can maintain that their head is flat or that their head is
held. These particular wipes I'm using are from Babyganics. They
already have soap in them. I don't have to use additional soap which
could irritate the baby's skin. We take the wipe. We dip it in the
water. We wring it out. We gently clean the baby's body. We use one
wipe for the body and another wipe for the face. When you're giving a
sponge bath, you would do exactly as you would yourself a bath. You
don't need tons of soap because sometimes baby's skin is very gentle and
delicate and everything you need is really just in here. You clean them
off, gently holding their head, making sure they're warm. Sometimes,
you can cover parts of their body. If you need to turn them over, you
would hold their head and clean their back and their arms. When
cleaning their diaper area, you can use another one of these disposable
washcloths. Another reason disposable washcloths are really good is
that they don't collect mold or sit there for a long time and when
you're done, you just throw them out. You finish cleaning the whole
body from head to toe and then you would leave one final wipe for the
face. Gently cleaning their cheeks, making sure the baby's eyes are
closed. You would make sure there's no water on, as little as possible
and go over the eyes, the nose, the chin, their head, their ears.
Babies like to be clean and sometimes mold can collect in their neck in
their ridges. You really want to make sure you get in there and really
clean them out so that they're clean and comfortable after their bath.
When your baby is done with their bath, you would dry them off, apply
lotion, and they would be ready for bed.


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