Newborn Care and Hygiene

Typically newborns don’t get dirty, like ever. So it makes sense that they don’t need to be bathed every day. Newborn care and hygiene is still something that needs to be done.

The main reason for this is because of those delicious baby rolls, they accumulate sweat, milk, and saliva.

If the skin is not rinsed with water then it can lead to more problems. Some of these problems are chapped and raw skin that easily breaks, bacteria and rashes.

So, really newborn care and hygiene are not all that difficult.

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How To Bathe or Clean A Newborn

When washing a newborn, typically you will need to perform a sponge bath rather than a bath with water in the tub.

This is because the umbilical cord may still be attached or there may be circumcision healing.

If you will be using a baby soap or baby wash, I would recommend Cetaphil Baby Wash. 

It is gentle on skin and hydrating without any harsh chemicals. It is also hypoallergenic.

First, you will make sure to have all that you will use: towels, warm water bowl, cleansing cloth, clean diaper, and clothes.


The baby cleaning routine must always start at the top.

You will go from the head (face), or neck to the toes.

The baby tush goes last.

Remember, wash, rinse and dry.

Once you have all on place, first you will clean the baby’s face then the neck and so on and so forth.

If you are going to wash the head, then you must first finish the whole body.

Make sure the baby is dry and warm, then wrap him or her on a dry towel and wash the head gently.

The baby may have some stuff around the scalp, I would recommend using a toothbrush with coconut oil and brushing in circles so you can gently remove any scales from either the birth or perhaps cradle cap.

After all that, you may put lotion on the baby’s skin if you’re comfortable with that. Babies skin is very dry as it adjusts to being outside the womb so hydrating the skin with lotion is also recommended.

I use Aveeno Eczema Moisturizing Lotion as its hypoallergenic and gentle on the skin.

You can do this every day or every other day.

Always make sure your baby’s rolls are dry and clean to prevent bacteria growth.

Here is How to Give your Newborn Baby a Sponge Bath Video by Ruby


Newborn Clothing Tips: What To Avoid

  • Harsh Chemicals
  • Fragrances
  • Tight Clothes


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