Giving Baby a Sponge Bath

During the first few days to weeks of life all babies should be bathed using a sponge bath. This is because certain parts of the baby's body, such as the umbilical cord stump and circumcision sites, need time to heal properly before being exposed to the full rigors of a bath with soap and water. Choosing the proper equipment for a sponge bath for you little one can be a challenge sometimes. There are so many products out there, so which ones are best?

When it comes to the sponge, there are certain characteristics to look for. First, make sure to find a product that is soft. This is easily done if you're at a store looking at various models on the shelves. Just pick them up and hold them. When shopping online, this can be a bigger challenge. Read the customer reviews to see what people are saying. Furthermore there are even products out there such as a bath glove. These are great options for parents who want to be very precise with their cleaning. A bath glove nearly fits over the hand allowing even more delicate cleaning of baby. 

In addition, it is important to find a product that will adequately hold the water that you are using to clean baby. Try to pick up the item and squeeze it a few times. This will give a great feel for how much give is in the item, helping to easily tell whether or not the water will stay in the tool as you continue to wash your little one. 

Ultimately the baby's first tub cleaning can be a tough time for both parents and the baby. Take the time to make sure the proper tools are there for both comfort and cleanliness. Your loved ones will thank you!