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when can I give my one week old a bath?

I just had our second baby last Monday. She had her sponge bath in the hospital but I was just wondering when I can give her a bath at home. I can't remember but something is telling me I have to wait til the rest of her umbilical cord has come off all the way? Is this accurate? When does it usually come all the way off? Thanks.

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Asked by Bamzakarat at 8:36 PM on Dec. 20, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • sponge bath until her umbilical cord comes off then you can immerse her in water.

    Answer by CABlonde at 8:37 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

  • I've always waited until the umbilical cord came off. When it comes off varies, my babies have taken anywhere from 1 week to 3 weeks.

    Answer by mybella81 at 8:38 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

  • I only do the full bath after the cord stump falls off - your memories are right, mommy!

    My 22 month old dd's didn't fall off for 18 days! Yikes! LOL

    Congrats on your new addition!! :)

    Answer by AAAMama at 8:38 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

  • Sponge bath until the umbilical is healed.

    Answer by theartsychik at 8:42 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

  • sponge bath until the cord falls off. I'd bath about 3 times a week and wipe up after each feeding! Congrats on the new baby!

    Answer by SabrenaLeigh at 8:44 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

  • I was told sponge bath until the umbilical cord was off. Then about 3 times a week.

    Answer by Honeybun09 at 9:13 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

  • Like they said wait til the cord falls off, keep in mind babies skin can dry out faster than ours so babies only need 2-3 baths a week. Congrats and good luck.

    Answer by 405mom at 9:13 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

  • My little boys cord didn't come off until 26 days so we sponge bathed for almost a full month. Just had him to the doc today he's 2 months old and she said to make sure I only bathe him once or twice a week so his skin doesn't get too dry.

    Answer by SweetOrangeMama at 9:21 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

  • yea sponge bath or a bath doesnt really matter to me but your choice

    Answer by Lisa_7777 at 10:54 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

  • it didnt matter to me either. i always gave my baby a real bath.

    Answer by MamaSince2005 at 2:56 AM on Dec. 22, 2010

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