A sponge bath is
recommended if the mother is not confident of handling the baby initially in
the first few days. Sponge bath is also done when the navel is not healed.
Sponge bath boosts the confidence of the mother and also
gives time for the navel to
Is there any special care for the
You should clean the
unhealed navel with an alcohol-soaked cotton ball or a mild first-aid ointment
which is prescribed by your doctor. When you give the baby her bath,
make sure that this area remains dry. Therefore, tub baths are
certainly out while the navel is not healed. A sponge bath can be the
answer; it will give you more confidence on handling the baby, and it will take
care of the baby's
How do I give my baby a sponge
Now you are ready to start. You
can do a sponge bath
right there in the baby's crib. Place a large towel under her and place a bowl
of warm water, about body temperature, nearby. Test the temperature with your
elbow or wrist. To keep your baby from getting cold, do not undress her all at
once. Wipe across her eyes first with a fresh, damp cotton ball. Wipe with a
cotton cloth around the ears and clean her mouth, chin and
Then take off her shirt and wash the abdomen (being
careful to keep the unhealed navel dry) and arms, rinsing carefully. Support
her head and gently wet her scalp with a washcloth; pat dry. After washing her
back, dry and dress her upper body. Next, remove the baby's diaper, and soap
the genital area, buttocks, legs and feet. Rinse her thoroughly and then dry,
and dress her. Keep all the things that you require near you so that you do not
have leave your baby alone while getting-up.
What precautions should be taken while
giving a sponge bath?
Here are some
precautions that you can
Always keep your one hand on your baby while you are
You can turn the fan of
air-conditioner off to prevent your baby from catching cold while she is
Check the temperature of
Use cotton ball for cleaning the
delicate parts like eyes.
Do not use same cotton ball for
cleaning both the eyes. Take a fresh cotton ball while cleaning the other eye
when you finish cleaning the first one.
Soak the cloth in water in such a
way that water is not dripping from it.
Do not be harsh while cleaning
your baby. Wipe and pat her dry gently.
Make sure that you clean the folds
If you are using soap, make sure
that you wipe the soap off properly by cleaning her again with a damp
Make sure that the soap does not
go into your babyâ€™s eyes.
While cleaning the back of the
baby, make sure that you turn her to one side.
If you need anything, do not leave
your baby alone. Ask someone to help you.
Pat her dry properly before
If you are using a talcum
powder, make sure that it does not enter her noses-trills. Rub it on
your hands before applying it to
For how long do I need to give sponge
bath to my baby?
You can give sponge
bath to your baby till the babyâ€™s navel heals completely. It will nearly take 4
to 5 weeks for the navel to heal properly after which you can begin with normal
Giving a sponge bath to a baby is also a good time
for bonding with her. Enjoy these precious moments to the
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