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7. The Principles and Procedures for an Infant Sponge Bath

a. Infant may not receive a tub bath until the Umbilical Cord
     has fallen off!

b. Obtain items needed for a Sponge bath.

1) Use mild soap to prevent skin irritation.
2) You will need two or three towels or receiving blankets for drying the infant.
3) Have two washcloths handy.
4) Use two basins or two large bowls or pots as available in the home.
5) Be sure to get the baby's clothes ready before the bath: diaper, undershirt, clothes/sleeper, blanket.
6) As indicated above, you will need ointment for circumcision care.
7) You will need cord care items, as indicated above.
8) Spread the towel(s) on a safe table or carpeted floor space out of any air draft. This will provide a clean, warm spot for the baby and prevent the carpet or bed from becoming wet.
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