Washing your Baby birth to 1 year

Most young babies don’t need bathing very often because, except for their bottoms, faces, necks, and skin creases, they don’t get very dirty. There is no reason why you shouldn’t go for two or three days without bathing your baby as long as you clean her face, hands, and bottom every day. You can do this without even putting the baby in the baby bathtub by topping and tailing. It’s also advisable to wash her hair regularly to prevent cradle cap from forming (see Care of the hair).

Some parents feel apprehensive the first few times they bath their baby. However, if you set aside half an hour, have everything you need around you, and try to relax, you will probably enjoy it. After the first two or three times ...

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