Until the umbilical cord has come off, the base dried, and the circumcision has healed, you should only sponge bathe your baby. Thereafter, you may place the infant in a tub of water for bathing. Use only water or add a small amount of mild soap. You need only bathe your child two or three times each week.

Fingernail and Toenail Care

The fingernails and toenails of infants are soft and pliable. They can best be trimmed while your child is asleep so that you do not have to fight against the strong grasp reflex. Cut the nails off straight across, leaving the corners longer than the center, to avoid ingrown nails. Cover your baby’s hands with the hand pouches of a T-shirt or sleeper to keep her from scratching her face.

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