Published 22/02/2011 | 15:43
If you're nervous about giving your child a full bath, then a sponge bath is ideal.
To do this:
Place your baby on a towel on your lap, or on a changing mat, and cover with a towel. Start at the head and work your way down. This ensures that germs are not spread from the bottom to the rest of the body.
Don't undress your baby completely or she will get cold.
Start by cleaning her eyes and face with a moistened cotton wool and take off the vest, and do her top half.
Using a sponge dipped in warm water, with a mild baby cleanser added (if you wish), sponge her down gently. Pay particular attention to the folds of the skin.
Rinse with a squeezed-out sponge or cloth, and pat dry.
To wash your baby's hair, do so before replacing her vest. Moisten the head with the sponge, and add a little baby shampoo. To rinse, hold your baby wrapped in a towel under your arm with their head supported in the palm of your hand. Hold your baby over the baby bath or sink and gently rinse off the shampoo. Put on your baby's vest and then wash the nappy area. Remember to keep the sponge you use to clean your baby's bottom separate, and to wash your hands after changing a nappy. Finally, wash and dry the legs and feet and put on a clean nappy and fresh clothes.
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Mother & Babies