Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bathing Your Baby

Many parents and babies love bath time, but there's no evidence that suggests babies must have a daily bath. It's up to you and your baby really. The overuse of strong cleansers, and even tap water, can damage the developing skin of newborns. Look for gentle pH-neutral cleansers or mild soaps designed especially for babies, and use them sparingly in the first few weeks.

Washing his face frequently and thoroughly, cleaning his genital area after each diaper change, and cleaning off any other obvious muck, will be enough to keep him clean between baths. When you do bathe him, you may find it a little scary to handle your little one when he's all soapy and slippery, so keep a good grip. Most babies find the warm water very soothing.

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