Newborn Care: How To Bathe a Newborn Baby

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I remember bath time as a special time
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with my little one like anything new it
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took some time to work out our routine
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and for my baby to get used to it don’t
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worry if it’s a bit awkward for you at
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first or if your baby doesn’t seem to
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care for it you aren’t doing anything
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wrong you’re just learning together here
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are a few things I’ve learned that made
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that time a special time together
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the sponge bath is recommended I used a
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soft washcloth that was damp with water
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and not too hot
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I’d lay him on something soft and padded
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make sure he was secure that the room
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was warm and not too drafty making sure
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to clean between the folds of the skin
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especially behind the ears and under the
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neck and I’d have a towel nearby to wrap
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them up right after the bath
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initially bath time was just long enough
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to wipe off any dirt dried milk or
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peeling skin I didn’t need to shampoo
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his hair at every bath
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that time was often tricky trying to
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juggle what I needed and keep a hold of
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my little one I learned to make sure
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that everything was handy within arm’s
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reach so I could keep one hand on my
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baby and still easily get what I needed
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then I’d fill the tub with a couple
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inches of comfortably warm water it
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should be about 94 to 96 degrees
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Fahrenheit
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I used a baby bathtub but a sink or a
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plastic tub works well too I’d make sure
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the room was warm enough around 75
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degrees Fahrenheit before undressing my
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baby and wrapping them in a towel to
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keep them warm to clean them I’d use a
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soft washcloth or sponge rinsing off
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each part in turn and then gently
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cleaning off any visible flakes of skin
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I was extra careful to go in between all
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the folds of skin being sure to check
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behind the ears between the fingers and
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toes under the arms and in the folds of
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the neck and thighs where dirt or milk
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collected to keep his head above water
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I’d make sure I had one arm under him at
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all times
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babies slip into the water in a
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heartbeat so I never left him alone in
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the tub even for a moment if I had to
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leave the room then I took him with me
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after the bath I would gently thoroughly
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pat him dry making sure to check between
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the folds of his skin making sure he was
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completely dry as my baby got bigger and
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able to sit up in the tub
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bathtime became a playtime full of
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splashing and laughter we had a couple
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of toys but empty bottles were his
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favorite he would fill them and empty
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them over and over again if we had
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bubbles in the back we loved making
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crazy bubble hairstyles the bigger the
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better and then laughing together bath
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time really was so much fun once he was
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dry I put on a fresh diaper and get him
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ready for bed
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baby’s skin is very delicate keeping it
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dry helps to protect it so it was always
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important for me to pick the right
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diaper a good night of sleep means baby
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wakes up in a good mood and that’s a
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good start to the day so we tried to
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make sure he slept in dryness I found a
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good quality diaper that pulled all the
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pee and wetness
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away from his skin and kept it there it
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really seemed to help him get the sleep
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he needed
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those are the best bath time tips I’ve
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learned over the years
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I’m sure you are developing your own as
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you love and care for your little one if
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you’re finding it to be a challenge try
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not to worry each baby is different
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you’ll settle into your own routine and
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have tips of your own to share in no
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time on behalf of Pampers this is
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pampers YouTube channel for more
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parenting tips
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