- Once the umbilical cord has fallen off, it is alright to bathe your baby
- If the umbilical cord hasn’t fallen off, give your baby a sponge bath
- During bath time, never leave your baby alone, not even for a few seconds
- Newborn babies should only be bathed 1 to 2 times a week. If you bathe them more, it can dry out their skin
- Prior to handling your newborn, you should wash your hands. Babies haven’t built up an immune system and can be susceptible to infection.
- You can use baby wipes on your baby
- You should remove all stool and urine
- Air dry the area
Besides bathing and diapering, other baby care includes brushing teeth and gums and trimming nails.
- By trimming your baby’s fingernails and toenails frequently, you can prevent scratches
- To trim the nails, use a rounded nail scissors, being careful not to trim too close to the finger or toe
- It is a good idea to trim the nails when the baby is sleeping.
Dental Hygiene starts before a baby’s first teeth grow. To help prevent plaque buildup, wipe down the infant’s gums with a gauze-wrapped finger after feedings to remove any food residue. This can be done until the first few teeth come in. Once the baby’s mouth fills with teeth, use a baby-sized toothbrush and a small bit of toothpaste.