Bathing can be a fun bonding experience for you and your baby. Most babies love bath time and while it may take a few baths to get the hang of it, you'll be a pro in no time.
-Try sponge bathing until your newborn's umbilical stump falls off. This helps keeps it dry and helps it heal.
-Once the umbilical area is healed, you can try placing your baby directly in the water, you might find this easiest in a baby bath, sink or plastic tub lined with a clean towel.
-Use warm water. You can check with your elbow first in case it's too hot.
-Make sure wash cloths, soap and towel are in easy reach as you will need to hold baby at all times.
-After the bath, pat your baby dry, making sure to gently dry between the folds of the skin.
-When she/he is clean and dry, put on a fresh diaper, pick her up for a cuddle and take in that wonderful smell of a freshly bathed newborn -it's the best.
When it comes to mew to taking care of your baby's umbilical stump, keep these tips in mind:
-Dab the stump with a clean, wet cotton ball or swab at every diaper change.
-Pay special attention to the area at the base of the cord, nearest to the belly button. Wipe gently but thoroughly to clean out any moist debris that may have collected there.
-Be sure to allow air to reach the cord stump.
-If you notice redness or discharge from the stump, consult your baby's health care provider.