Updated: Sep 23, 2020
One of the many questions that new parents ask themselves, especially at the first experience. How do i clean it? How many times a day should I wash it? And the stump? Well, let's be clear! I'd start talking about the baby bath. A newborn does not need to be bathed every day (except in very, very hot periods). But it is also true that in many cases the bath comes to be an evening ritual that serves to relax and prepare the baby for bed. It would be advisable to avoid washing the baby's skin with soap daily. Her skin is still very delicate and this practice can lead to imbalances. You can therefore bathe every day with water and use soap only 2-3 times a week. The same goes for the diaper change. The intimate area would not have been cleaned with soap at every change because the risk of irritation is very high. Water and a clean diaper are sufficient, apply the cream only and exclusively in the case of redness. And the stump? In order to fall it needs to dry out. Long and too frequent baths can therefore dampen it and delay its fall. If your child still has the stump then try to take quick baths and dry the area very well (alternatively you can wait for it to fall). It is not necessary to apply any type of substance. The stump area must be kept clean and dry (possibly out of the nappy) and in physiological conditions this will fall off within 2-3 weeks of birth. Another important thing is oral hygiene. While it is true that it is important to treat it from the start, here too, various substances are not needed. Just clean the gums of the newborn with a cotton cloth soaked in water or special brushes that rest on the parent's finger. Then you have to arm yourself with a toothbrush and toothpaste when the first teeth appear.