How to Bathe a Newborn Baby with Sponge

The easiest way to keep your new baby clean? top and tail bath: a gentle, pleasant cleansing experience for your little one.

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Those in the know say that daily baths aren't necessary since they could dry out his delicate skin. Know quick tips to protect delicate baby skin from harm. Three times a week will be just fine until your baby is a year old.

However, experts still recommend giving a sponge bath to your babies whose umbilical cords have not fallen off. But bear in mind that regular shower sessions aren’t necessary and could tend to dry out the delicate skin of your little one. Therefore it is advised to bathe your baby just three times a week until it turns a year old.

Let’s take a look at five simple steps of how to bathe a newborn:

1. Choosing a time

Some mums prefer mornings when babies are usually alert and raring to go. Other mums choose evenings as part of a calming bedtime ritual.

2. Gather everything you'll need before you start

Most parents find it easier to station their baby in a flat-lined tub, but you could choose any flat surface you’re comfortable in and carry a clean towel, change of clothes, a mild soap, few washcloths, a big towel, and cup of warm water. Find out list of newborn baby care products such as Baby Wipes, Baby Dry Diaper Pants and many more.

3. Keep your little one cosy

Make sure that the room is warm before undressing your baby. Plan to drape a warm, wet flannel over the parts of your baby that you're not cleaning at the moment so they stay comfortable.

4. Start at the top

When trying to bathe your baby start with your baby’s face, eyes, and head. Apply soft and gentle strokes. Give special attention to the neck region and the area under the chin. Alongside, stroke gently on the spaces between the fingers and toes, behind the ears and under the arms. Carefully wipe the area near the umbilical cord so that you don’t wet it. Here are few tips of newborn umbilical cord care.

5. Protect to heal

If your son has been circumcised, wash his penis with just water until it heals (usually about a week to 10 days after the surgery). If he's not circumcised, just wash it as you would other parts of his body.

6. Wrap it up

You can complete your baby’s bathing session by drying your newborn with a hooded towel.

Although, these steps may seem achievable when aligning your munchkin to the ritual of a bathing, one very essential thing to note is that you never remove your hands off your baby while bathing. It is an ideal time to build a bond with the baby, therefore ensure that you use it as an exciting play time and not simply cleaning. Here are few tips to change diapers while taking care of the umbilical cord for your newborn baby.

Get expert tips on how to take care of a newborn baby here.

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