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Baby tub or dish tub and warm water (90 to 100 degrees).
Soft wash cloth (two to three).
Plastic cup for rinsing.
Gentle non-tearing baby soap, unscented.
Two soft baby towels or two large towels.
Steps for the bath
Lay your baby down on a soft towel.
Remove your baby’s clothing.
Wipe your baby’s eyes with a washcloth and plain warm water. Wipe from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner. Use a clean part of the wash cloth when you wash the other eye the same way.
Wash your baby’s face, the outer part of the nose and the ears with the tip of the washcloth. Never stick a cotton swab in the nose or the ear as this can hurt your baby.
Pick up your baby supporting the head and neck. Be careful if your baby is wet, he or she will be slippery. Wash your baby’s head using a soft brush or wash cloth. Rinse the head well with warm water.
Clean around the umbilical cord with soap and water.
While supporting your baby’s head and neck, wash the arms, the legs and then the belly. Be sure to wash the creases well around your baby’s neck, belly and between the fingers and toes. Wash your baby’s back. Take off the diaper and wash from front to back. Pat dry well and diaper your baby. Be careful; at times a baby will urinate on you during a bath or diaper change.
If you have any other questions about washing your baby, ask your nurse who will be happy to give you all the guidance you need.
To a new parent, even routine tasks like changing a diaper and dressing your baby can seem daunting. But not to worry, all it takes is a bit of guidance, patience and natural instinct. While you’re under our care, the experienced nurses will teach you everything you need know.