Got a Stinky Baby?

Sponge Bathing Method

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Safe Bathing

It is a very nice experience to bathe a newborn, however you need to be cautious. Neonates can drown in less than one inch of water so you need to make sure they are supervised at all times. To prevent the baby from not slipping, place a mat on the tub floor. Also, since newborns are very sensitive to temperature make sure the room temperature is comfortably warm. For the water you are bathing your newborn with, the heater needs to be at most 120 degrees F. Make sure you use plain water without any bubbles because it could cause bladder issues.
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Steps to Bathing Your Newborn

1. Gather materials needed for bathing within easy reach. Place baby on a flat surface with a towel underneath.

2. Undress baby except for his/her diaper and wrap in a towel for warmth.

3. If needed, gently wipe around newborn's eye with a cotton swab with warm water while holding the baby's head.

4. While holding your baby, wet your baby's hair with a washcloth, and then massage shampoo around the baby's whole head.

*It is okay to wash gently around the fontanels*

5. Rinse baby's hair with water until all the cleanser is removed.

6. Wrap the towel around baby including the top of it's head.

7. Unwrap baby from towel including diaper and begin carefully scrubbing body with a washcloth or sponge with warm water and baby wash.

8. Wash the diaper area last using clean warm water. For a baby girl, wipe the diaper area gently from front to back. For a boy, wash the penis and genital area, avoiding pulling back the foreskin, and also wipe front to back.

9. Clean the baby's umbilical cord gently by using a cotton swab.

10. Wrap baby and dress him/her back into clothes.

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Materials Needed

  • One or two soft sponges
  • A couple of plush towels (the bottom one can be hooded)
  • A mild, unscented soap or body wash and shampoo (or a product that does double duty)
  • Cotton balls
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • A plastic basin filled with warm water
  • A plastic cup
  • Baby lotion
  • Diaper cream (if needed)
  • A clean diaper
  • A fresh set of clothes
  • A blanket or two (one to cover parts of him during the sponge bath and another for after the sponge bath if your baby likes to be swaddled)
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Recommended Bathing Products

- Body: Johnson's Baby Head-to-Toe Wash

- Hair: Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns

- Towel: Circo Hooded Towel

- Mosturizer: Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion

How To Give a Baby a Sponge Bath

When Should I Bathe My Newborn?

Since baby's do not get dirty easily, 2-3 times a week is plenty. Bathing your baby more than several times a week can dry out his or her skin.