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There are several tips that can help make a newborn's bath an enjoyable and soothing time for both of you. To help make the bathing process more enjoyable, it helps to be prepared. By having all of your baby's bathing supplies ready (such as a towel, facecloths, and baby shampoo), the bathing process can go smoother and can prevent your baby from becoming cold and fussy.

New Baby Bath Time: An Overview

Some people may wonder why a newborn needs a bath -- they don't crawl, eat food, or get into gooey stuff. However, babies have a knack for getting themselves dirtier than you would expect -- between poop, spit-up, and just plain baby sweat, they need to be bathed frequently.
Bathing your newborn baby can be a wonderful, soothing experience for both of you. However, be aware that babies do have sensitive skin, so you don't want to over-bathe them, as it will cause the skin to dry out. Also, until your baby's umbilical cord falls off and heals completely, you should only do sponge baths.
So what is the goal of bath time with your newborn? It's twofold:
  • To clean their little bodies, but in a way that does not get the umbilical cord stump or circumcision area wet
  • For them (and you) to enjoy it.
Let's take a look at what you'll need for a successful bath, as well as what is involved with the bathing process.

Baby Bathing Supplies

The items you will need to make the process of bathing easy and complete are:
  • A soft, hooded baby bath towel
  • A baby bathtub that accommodates a newborn's needs
  • Gentle baby shampoo and/or all-over cleanser
  • Two soft facecloths
  • Two bowls of lukewarm water
  • Two cotton balls.
Some baby bathtubs come with a sling that acts as a hammock on which the baby can lie. These are great for a couple reasons: You can spill to your heart's content and not have to worry about making a mess, and you don't have to worry about your baby sliding into the water too far.
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