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It is recommended that you bathe your baby at least once while at the hospital. A baby does not need to be bathed every day. Make sure you have all your supplies handy before you begin. It is suggested that you use a plastic baby tub instead of the large family tub. You do not have to worry about the baby's cord becoming wet. Use a small amount of warm water that you have tested with your wrist and mild soap. Always start with washing the face (don't use soap) and hair first. Dry the baby off promptly and keep him/her warm and dry afterwards. Remember to hold the baby's head up during the bath. Never leave a baby alone in a bath or water, even for one second.