Expert Tips for Bathing Your Newborn Baby: A Comprehensive Guide

In this video, Gayle, a childbirth educator, demonstrates how to properly bathe a baby at home. She emphasizes the importance of having all necessary supplies nearby, including a towel, fresh diaper, and fresh clothing, as well as Vaseline and gauze if the baby has been circumcised. Gayle also emphasizes the importance of checking the water temperature, which should be around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and keeping the room warm before undressing the baby.

Gayle begins by showing how to clean the baby’s face, neck, and chest, using a damp washcloth and wiping in a specific pattern from the center of the eyes outward and around the face, mouth, and ears. She also demonstrates how to support the baby’s shoulders and lift slightly to expose the neck for cleaning. Gayle advises wiping down the baby’s arms and hands, including the palms and inside the fingers, and drying these areas with a soft towel.

Next, Gayle addresses the care of the baby’s umbilical cord, which should be kept clean and dry at the base and exposed to air during diaper changes. She explains that the cord will fall off anywhere from one to six weeks, as long as there are no signs of infection. She also covers the importance of wiping from front to back when cleaning the diaper area, and gives specific instructions for cleaning boys and girls. For boys, she demonstrates how to pull the scrotum to one side and wipe down the skin fold, and for circumcised boys, she shows how to clean the penis area using a wet washcloth and Vaseline.

Overall, this video provides a comprehensive guide to bathing a newborn at home, including tips for keeping the baby clean, comfortable, and safe.

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