Unfortunately for new parents, babies don’t come with instruction manuals. So when it comes to even the simplest tasks, like baths and nail trimming, some parents feel confused.
Until your baby’s umbilical cord falls off, which usually happens after the first week, don’t give any baths. Instead, give your baby a sponge wash, or ‘top and tail’. Circumcised boys should not be bathed until the promise has totally healed. Here’s how:.
Gently wash your baby’s face with a lukewarm, wet washcloth. Don’t use soap.
Add soap to the wet cloth to wash your baby’s body. Wash the diaper area last.
Rinse your baby off with water and pat your baby dry.
Cup your hand under warm water and gently pour it over your baby’s head to wet your baby’s hair.
Put a small amount of baby shampoo on your baby’s hair. Gently rub in a circular motion, and then rinse off the shampoo.
Don’t use any lotions on your baby, adult products.
Nail cutting:Because your baby’s fingernails grow very quickly and babies can easily scratch themselves, file or cut the nails about twice a week. Cut nails after a bath, when they’re softer
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