What do you use for a newborn’s first bath?
Plain water is best for your baby’s skin in the first month. Keep your baby’s head clear of the water. Use the other hand to gently swish the water over your baby without splashing. Never leave your baby alone in the bath, not even for a second.
Where should I bathe my newborn?
You can give your newborn a bath in a small plastic bath or even in the kitchen sink. The kitchen sink might be easiest in the first few weeks. A plastic baby bath is probably easier once your baby gets bigger. You can bath your baby in any room that’s warm, safe and clean – it doesn’t have to be a bathroom.
Should I wash my baby’s face everyday?
You don’t need to bathe your baby every day, but you should wash their face, neck, hands and bottom carefully every day. This is often called ‘topping and tailing’. Choose a time when your baby is awake and content. Make sure the room is warm.
When can I give my baby a bath after the umbilical cord falls off?
It’s called a sponge bath, but no sponge is needed. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends sticking to sponge baths for the first week or two until the umbilical cord stump falls off and the belly button heals.
How do you clean a newborn’s tongue?
To clean your baby’s tongue and gums correctly, you should:
- Make a habit of cleaning after feeding.
- Gently cradle your baby in one arm during the cleaning.
- Use a damp gauze or washcloth, or a silicone baby tongue cleaner.
- Gently massage their gums, tongue, and inner cheeks.
Can you get the umbilical cord wet?
Keep the front of your baby’s diaper folded down to avoid covering the stump. Stick with sponge baths. While there’s no harm in getting the stump wet, sponge baths might make it easier to keep the stump dry. Let the stump fall off on its own.
Can I leave my newborn while I shower?
It’s usually fine to leave a young baby alone in her crib while you take a quick shower, for example, but this doesn’t apply to swings and bouncy seats, which aren’t as safe. (If you’re really nervous, you can always tote baby in her car seat into the bathroom with you.)
Do I need to do anything when the umbilical cord falls off?
Normal cords don’t need any special treatment. Just keep them dry (called natural drying). Reason: Cords need to dry up, before they will fall off. As they dry up, cords normally change color.
How long after umbilical cord falls off does it heal?
How long does it take for the belly button to heal after the umbilical cord falls off? The skin underneath the stump may be a little red when the dried stump first falls off, but it should soon heal—usually within two weeks.