How to Bathe a Newborn and Nurse Practitioner Advice


Most healthcare professionals recommend bathing newborns 2 or 3 times per week, increasing the frequency as your baby gets older. Even though you may not give your baby a bath every day, a sponge bath is an alternative many moms choose for their very young babies.

 

If your baby has their umblical cord, talk to your doctor about sponge baths.

 

What you need?

- Baby tub with warm water

- Mild cleanser gentle enough for newborns

- Towels & washcloth

- Cotton pads

 

Baby Bathing Tips:

- Never leave a baby alone in the bath, not even for a second.

- Always wipe from the inside corner of the eye, outward.

- One cotton pad per eye.

- Leave diaper area for last, washing from front to back.

- For uncircumcised boys, avoid pulling back the foreskin.

- Don't be afraid to gently wash the soft spots.

- Gently pat skin dry to help avoid skin damage.

- Babies' skin loses moisture nearly twice as fast as adults.