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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends sponge baths until the umbilical cord stump falls off — which might take a week or two.

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. Wipe each eyelid, from the inside to the outside corner.

Oct. 05, 2019