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Bathing Babies (cont.)

Preparation

Bathing supplies may include these items.

  • Two to three clean washcloths
  • Mild baby cleanser -- try an unscented baby soap such as Dove, Basis, or Neutrogena
  • Baby shampoo -- not adult shampoo (the no-tears advertisements for baby shampoos are for real)
  • Soft towel, preferably with a hood
  • Diapers
  • Clean clothes or pajamas
  • Ointment for diaper rash, if needed -- avoid talcum or baby powder because it can harm your baby if inhaled
  • Warm water, if you won't be within reach of the sink




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