She is 14 day old. The cord clip has fallen off.
How to clean the face of a newborn without letting the soap go inside the eyes and mouth?

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When ours was that age we used only a very little soap lathered up across a very thin, slightly moist washcloth. We had another moist washcloth to rinse with.

Here are some things to remember:

  • A baby's skull has not fully formed at this age. Do not press hard at all! This can cause all sorts of issues
  • Wipe gently with a soft cloth that is not overly absorbed in water! Baby skin is soft and easily scratched and also, too much water will obviously lead to water and soap going into a facial orifice.
  • Listen to baby. S/he will let you know if s/he is uncomfortable.
  • At this age, be sure to control the head and neck and, if feasible, have someone help you.

For a 10 day old, I'd not use soap at all. From the Mayo Clinic:

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends sponge baths until the umbilical cord stump falls off — which might take up to three weeks... Wet the washcloth, wring out excess water and wipe your baby's face. There's no need to use soap.

  • sorry, she is 14 day old and cord clip has fallen off. Jul 1, 2013 at 7:01
  • The National Institute of Health concurs - bathing instructions here - see page 2. Water only for baby's face.
    – MJ6
    Jul 2, 2013 at 1:43

You can use soap or just water. Mustela also has this cleanser that you can use on their diaper area or face. It's a rinse free solution. I squirt some on a small cotton pad during bath and wipe it on dd's face. When I run out I'll just use water or soap but I had some of this left over so that's what I'm using now.

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