While your baby is so new to this world, it may be scary to do anything with him. But cleaning is necessary and there is no way to avoid it. Later you will even find it fun. So here is the list of things you should do and advices how you should do the cleaning.
Cutting long nails
It is very important to keep your baby’s nails short and soft because he would not have a chance to scratch his face or eyes, after all, he still does not control his body very well, and his skin is after delivery is still very soft and easy to scratch. The best way to cut your baby’s nails is to trim them with infant-size clippers or file them down while he’s sleeping. Scissors might be tempting, but you should skip them. Oh, and biting your newborn’s nails is also not an option. If you use any of these last methods, there might be some issues with your child nails in near future.
Cleaning the umbilical cord
While you are changing your newborn’s diaper, wipe around the area of umbilical cord with an alcohol wipe. The remaining cord should fall off in a few weeks. You should surely call your doctor if you see redness, warmth, swelling or if it still has not fallen off in 4 to 6 weeks.
You should not stick anything in your baby’s ear, including Q-tips. Your newborn’s ear canal is very sensitive, that is why even if you spot wax inside, leave everything as it is. At the end, it will clear out on its own, so there is no need to worry. You will be able to teach him how to clean his ears later.
Taking a bath
You might want to limit bathing to a few times a week. Perhaps more if it is needed, maybe less if he is still clean and smells delicious. The truth is infants do not get that dirty, even if you excepted very messy poops or spit-ups. Also, wait until your baby’s umbilical cord has fallen off, only then immerse his belly. Does not matter how tempting it might be to take that ideal bath with your baby every single day, be sure to make it an exceptional pleasure.
Changing diapers as fast as you can is the best way to fighting rashes. If you have a girl it is suggested to wipe from front to back to avoid urinary tract infections. If you have a boy, you should know that it is completely normal for him to get erections during diaper changes.
Just do not be afraid and clean that little pretty baby. Some things you might want to consider skipping, some may be done more often. All you have to do is to be sure, he is healthy and if you have any doubts, call your doctor, I am sure he will be pleased to help you with some advice. Best of luck!