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Until the umbilical cord has come off, the base dried, and the circumcision has healed, you should only sponge bathe your baby. Thereafter, you may place the infant in a tub of water for bathing. Use only water or add a small amount of mild soap. You need only bathe your child two or three times each week.

Fingernail & Toenail Care

The fingernails and toenails of infants

are soft and pliable. They can best be

trimmed while your child is asleep so

that you do not have to fight against

the strong grasp reflex. Cut the nails

off straight across, leaving the corners

longer than the center, to avoid ingrown

nails. Cover your baby's hands with the

hand pouches of a T-shirt or sleeper to

keep her from scratching her face.

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