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How often should you bathe your baby?

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Until your baby's umbilical cord falls off, which usually happens after the first week, don't give any baths. And circumcised boys shouldn't be bathed until the penis has totally healed. Instead, only give your baby a sponge wash.

After that, your baby doesn't need a bath every day -- 2 to 3 times a week should be fine.

From: Baby Maintenance: Baths, Nails, and Hair WebMD Medical Reference

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Dr Christopher Tolcher, MD, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, USC School of Medicine; spokesman, American Academy of Pediatrics.

National Safety Council: "Baby-proofing your home."

March of Dimes: "Giving your baby a bath."

Consumer Product Safety Commission: "CPSC warns of drowning hazard with baby bath seats or rings."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Dr Christopher Tolcher, MD, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, USC School of Medicine; spokesman, American Academy of Pediatrics.

National Safety Council: "Baby-proofing your home."

March of Dimes: "Giving your baby a bath."

Consumer Product Safety Commission: "CPSC warns of drowning hazard with baby bath seats or rings."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 17, 2018

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