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I had DS2 last week. My mother said he can't have a bath yet, she thinks the umbilical cord has to fall of first, so I've just done a sponge-bath. She said, herself, that she isn't positive about that, though.
Do you have to wait till the umbilial cord stum falls off before giving the baby an acual bath?? (DS1 was a preemie in the hospital for 3 months, so I have no prior experience with caring for the cord or pretty much any regular newborn stuff).