Pour a few drops of baby-wash onto the washcloth and start cleansing your baby’s skin. Wash him from top to bottom, front, then back. Start with his head. You can use your hand or a washcloth to do this.
Then, using another clean, damp washcloth, gently clean your baby’s face, paying attention to the corners of his eyes and behind his ears (use a clean ball of cotton wool to gently clean his eyes, if there is crusty build-up).
Move on down to the rest of his body. Don’t forget to gently part the folds of skin (creases) on his legs, arms and neck and clean there too, especially after any remaining vernix disappears.
For information on how to clean a baby girl’s genitals, read this article, and this article to learn about cleaning your baby boy’s private parts.
Next, gently flip your little one over, supporting his head above the water, and clean his back and bum.
Tips:When choosing a baby-wash for your little one, pick one that doesn’t contain harsh additives, including preservatives, perfumes and dyes. All these could irritate your baby’s skin. If your baby has cradle-cap, use a soft-bristled brush to gently loosen and remove the flakes of skin from his scalp while it is still wet.