How to Give a Baby a Sponge Bath


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how to give a baby a sponge bath your
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newborn can’t have a tub bath until her
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bellybutton heals until then a thorough
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once-over with a washcloth every 2 or 3
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days will keep her plenty clean you will
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need a baby in need of a sponge bath a
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safe padded surface such as a contour
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changing pad or the middle of a bed 2
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bath towels one of which can be a hooded
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towel one or two soft washcloths a large
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plastic bowl or basin some warm water a
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fresh diaper and a clean outfit or
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pajamas optional an infant bath tub a
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mild unscented baby safe soap a mild
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unscented baby safe shampoo diaper cream
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cotton swabs rubbing alcohol and a
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plastic cup step 1
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gather all your supplies before you
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start it won’t be fun for you or your
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baby if you have to hunt something down
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in the middle of bath time step 2 spread
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out one of the towels not the hooded
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towel if you’re using one on the
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changing pad or bed if you have room on
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the counter beside your kitchen or
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bathroom sink you can give your baby a
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sponge bath there set an infant bath tub
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on the counter and line it with a towel
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step 3
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fill the bowl with warm water use the
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inside of your wrist or elbow to test
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the temperature it should feel warm not
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hot step 4 undress your baby down to her
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diaper and wrap her in the other towel
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place her face-up on the first towel
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talk to her as you go describing what
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you’re doing telling her what a good
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baby she is and how much better she’s
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going to feel being clean step 5 wet the
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washcloth with the water in the bowl
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then wring it out until it’s just damp
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step 6 with the cloth gently clean your
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baby’s face wipe away any crustiness in
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the corner of her eyes or around her
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nose and be sure to clean around her
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mouth and chin where milk may have
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dribbled use the washcloth to clean
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outside and behind her ears
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step 7 re wet the cloth and clean the
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rest of your baby’s body everything from
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the neck down
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except her diaper area save that for
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last work the washcloth gently between
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each finger and toe and into the
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adorable little folds of her chubby arms
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and legs
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keep her as covered as possible as you
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go only unwrap the body part you’re
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cleaning turn her over to wash her back
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or simply slip the washcloth under her
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while she’s facing up you can use soap
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from the neck down just don’t use a lot
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and be sure to rinse any residue off
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your baby’s hands with a second
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washcloth before she can get them into
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her mouth step 8
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remove the baby’s diaper gently wash
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from front to back being sure to clean
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all folds and crevices if your baby boy
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has been circumcised don’t use soap or
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water on the area until it’s healed step
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use the towel to dry your baby
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thoroughly apply diaper cream if you’re
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using it and put on a fresh diaper
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before she has a chance to soil herself
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step 10 to clean the stump of your
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baby’s umbilical cord dip a cotton swab
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in the alcohol and gently swab around
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its base some studies suggest swabbing
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an umbilical stump with alcohol isn’t
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necessary
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however alcohol will keep the area
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smelling and looking clean while it
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heals ask your pediatrician what he or
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she advises step 11 if you want to wash
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your baby’s hair hold her over the sink
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or bowl face up with her body tucked
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under one arm and her head and neck
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supported with your hand this is called
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a football hold with your other hand
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apply a teensy amount of baby shampoo to
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her head gently lather but don’t scrub
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then rinse by pouring warm water over
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her head with a cup step 12 finally make
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sure your baby is dry all over then get
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her dressed as babies draw nearer to the
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third month of age it’s good to get them
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into a bedtime routine the warmth of the
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bath followed by a change into cozy
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pajamas naturally induces sleep making a
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bath the logical first step in a bedtime
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routine so don’t waste precious time
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cleaning up after the bath enjoy a
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cuddle before she dozes off did you know
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it can take anywhere from 1 to 5 weeks
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for a baby’s umbilical cord to fall off
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you

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