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You might consider giving your newborn a sponge bath, at least until the umbilical cord stump falls off. To give your baby a sponge bath, lay your baby on his or her back on a soft towel or pad. Wet a washcloth, wring out excess water and wipe your baby's face. There's usually no need to use soap. Use a clean cotton ball or cloth to wipe each eyelid, from the inside to the outside corner.

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