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How do I give a baby a bath?

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  • Leave the diaper on (wash that area last). Wrap baby in a towel, exposing only areas that you're washing.
  • Cleanse one area at a time with a baby bath sponge or wash cloth.
  • You can sponge baby's hair with just water. To avoid getting eyes wet, tip the head back just a little.
  • Remove the diaper and sponge baby's belly, bottom, and genitals.
  • Wash little girls from front to back. If there's a little vaginal discharge, don't worry. If a little boy is uncircumcised, leave the foreskin alone. If circumcised, don't wash the head of the penis until it's healed.
  • Gently pat baby dry.

SOURCES:

KidsHealth.com: "A Guide for First-Time Parents."

DrGreene.com: "Guidelines for Bathing Your Newborn."

American Academy of Pediatrics. , Bantam Books, June 1998. Caring for Your Baby and Young Child

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

SOURCES:

KidsHealth.com: "A Guide for First-Time Parents."

DrGreene.com: "Guidelines for Bathing Your Newborn."

American Academy of Pediatrics. , Bantam Books, June 1998. Caring for Your Baby and Young Child

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

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