It's baby bath time! Washing your helpless newborn may seem daunting at first, but it needs to be done. There's the obvious nappy area to keep clean, but milk can also get into some surprising places. Neck creases and behind your baby's ears can get sore if not kept clean and dry.
Newborn skin is very delicate, vulnerable and sensitive. It’s about five times more absorbent than ours. As a result, it’s very easy for chemicals to get into the body via their skin. For the first four weeks you should only wash your baby with plain warm water and cotton wool. It's best to opt for the bigger cotton wool pads. A sponge bath might be most practical at first, as you will want to keep the cord stump dry until it shrivels up and falls off.
From birth, your baby will pick up microbial bacteria. It sounds alarming, but is nothing to worry about. It supports the building of the immune system, so it's important to encourage that process. By 4 weeks your baby's natural skin barrier will have developed and it’s okay to introduce products if you would like to. But do ensure anything you use is free from perfumes, parabens, sulphates and artificial colours. 'Natural' products can still have misleading packaging claims so check the ingredients list for those listed above.