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?
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.
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.