How to Give a Baby a Sponge Bath

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Your newborn can’t have a tub bath until her belly button heals. Until then, a thorough once-over with a washcloth every two or three days will keep her plenty clean.

Step 1: Gather supplies
Gather all your supplies before you start. It won’t be fun for you or baby if you have to hunt something down in the middle of bath time.

Step 2: Spread out towel
Spread out one of the towel—not the hooded towel, if you’re using one—on the changing pad or bed.

Tip
If you have room on the counter beside your kitchen or bathroom sink, you can give your baby a sponge bath there. Set an infant bathtub on the counter and line it with a towel.

Step 3: Fill bowl with water
Fill the bowl with warm water. Use the inside of your wrist or your elbow to test the temperature—it should feel warm, not hot.

Step 4: Undress baby
Undress your baby down to her diaper and wrap her in the other towel. Place her face-up on the first towel. Talk to her as you go, describing what you’re doing, telling her what a good baby she is and how much better she’s going to feel being clean.

Step 5: Wet washcloth
Wet the washcloth with the water in the bowl, then wring it out until it’s just damp.

Step 6: Clean baby’s face
With the cloth, gently clean your baby’s face. Wipe away any crustiness in the corner of her eyes or around her nose, and be sure to clean around her mouth and chin where milk may have dribbled. Use the washcloth to clean outside and behind her ears.

Step 7: Clean baby’s body
Re-wet the cloth and clean the rest of your baby’s body except her diaper area. Save that for last. Work the washcloth gently between each finger and toe, and into the adorable little folds of her chubby arms and legs. Keep her as covered as possible as you go. Turn her over to wash her back, or simply slip the washcloth under her.

Tip
You can use soap from the neck down—just don’t use a lot, and be sure to rinse any residue off your baby’s hands with a second washcloth before she can get them into her mouth.

Step 8: Remove diaper
Remove the baby’s diaper. Gently wash from front to back, being sure to clean all folds and crevices.

Warning
If your baby boy has been circumcised, don’t use soap or water on the area until it’s healed.

Step 9: Dry & apply cream
Use the towel to dry your baby thoroughly. Apply diaper cream if you’re using it and put on a fresh diaper before she has a chance to soil herself.

Step 10: Swab stump
To clean the stump of your baby’s umbilical cord, dip a cotton swab in the alcohol and gently swab around its base.

Tip
Some studies suggest swabbing an umbilical stump with alcohol isn’t necessary. However, alcohol will help keep the area smelling and looking clean while it heals. Ask your pediatrician what he or she advises.

Step 11: Wash hair
If you want to wash your baby’s hair, hold her over the sink or bowl face up, with her body tucked under one arm and her head and neck supported with your hand. This is called the football hold. With your other hand, apply baby shampoo to her head, gently lather but don’t scrub, then rinse by pouring warm water over her head with a cup.

Step 12: Dress baby
Finally, make sure your baby is dry all over, then get her dressed. As babies draw nearer to their third month, it’s good to get them into a bedtime routine. The warmth of the bath, followed by a change into cozy pajamas, naturally induces sleep, making a bath the logical first step. So don’t waste precious time cleaning up after the bath.

Did You Know?
It can take anywhere from 1 to 5 weeks for a baby’s umbilical cord to fall off.

Comments

Jelissa Gonzales says:

Aww man I dont have a baby be right back gotta find a baby lmao jk

ThePurpleDot says:

Dies of cuteness

Castille Augustin says:

My favorite part was when the baby was getting all excited and then
totally froze when the mother poured water over her hair! She was soo cute
and soo fascinated with the feeling of the water on her head! It was super
adorable <3

Ella Bella says:

So adorable 

daindapain1 says:

it says i need a baby, lemme find my girlfriend first

MissClavelle says:

@Yusra1001 Figures that your only like 9. You are not very smart on this
subject. Rubbing alcohol only stings if it gets in an open sore. You are
not nor have not ever been a mother, so stop judging this mom because she
is not doing anything wrong.

elwynbrooks says:

SO. CUTE. Especially when she’s sucking her thumb at the end there. Oh my
gosh.

GSStyleNET says:

you put it in the kitchen sink and leave it there for like 20 min, make
sure there are candles.. and music.. dim the lights.. and watch as your
newborn takes a romantic..relaxing bath

pixelperfect says:

@metaphoricalbamf LOL this one is thourough..

afrahwani1 says:

I watched this video 100 times

cutezombiegirl91 says:

this will be helpful when I have kids

gretchen says:

Awwwwwwwww what an angel!:)

MissClavelle says:

@Yusra1001 LOL little nine year old wants attention bye cursing! Typical
insecure child.

superasian619 says:

1:53 I don’t like this! RAAAAAAWR!!!!!

frhancesful says:

sooooooo ccccccccccuuuuuuuuutttttttttteeeeeeeee

3girlshare says:

She is the latest thing

Isabel Careaga says:

The best part is when she starts sucking her thumb it’s adorable

jbiebsfavgirl94 says:

that baby is so cute

Amy Castro says:

When it was sucking its thumb, i honestly said, AWWW>!!!!!!

MissClavelle says:

@Yusra1001 No its not. I suggest you learn how to spell and get your facts
straight before calling this woman a bad mom

Sylvian Bryan says:

Cute

jollymissholly1 says:

how many times a week do u give ababy a bath??

Grant Calderwood says:

Adorable Baby.

MissClavelle says:

@Yusra1001 And I’M not the nine year old here

wildfyah says:

huh????????

i〈3OneDirection says:

That baby is cute

ILoveMusic580 says:

:3 :3 THIS BABY IS THE CUTEST BABY YOU COULD EVER SEE !! :’DDD I JUST LOVE
WHEN SHEHE SUCKS HIS THUMB :3 <3

afrahwani1 says:

At the end he sucks his finger ……..how cuuuuutttttttteeeee

Sylvian Bryan says:

Like

WeShall4ttack says:

Well aren’t you a hot momma? o0

superluv15 says:

1:50 baby: i hate this im going to lick you

MissClavelle says:

@Yusra1001 Because you’re saying that what this mother does for her baby is
bad when it is actually good, and you think it’s bad so you wouldn’t do it
for your baby then that would be bad…. confusing but whatever. And you
are not supposed to be on here if you are so young.

majjavirgo says:

Its so so adorable

MsMedford says:

I want a baby

Angela Diaz says:

The baby is sooooooo cute

MissClavelle says:

@Yusra1001 Its not like you’d die if you accidentally drink it but its not
like she’s putting it in her bottle and forcing her to drink it!
Hypocrite…

luckystar123451 says:

fuck you retard

metaphoricalbamf says:

LOL, you will need, a baby! wow, who would’ve thought?

jellyjay says:

well, if so, complain to the muslim and jews. let’s see how they react

Mary Jane says:

Step 8: if you circumcised your boy your wacko religious or you just wanted
to rob your son of an amazing sex life. What? you think you can feel better
with your finger tips chopped off too? Try teaching your kid to clean
himself. With reasoning like that you might as well cut out his Tucking
Fongue

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