Q: When I should I start giving my baby a bath?
A: Babies can start baths once their umbilical cord stump is healed.  Simple sponge baths are all a baby needs, although many enjoy the warm water.  Be sure not to overdo it though, as baby’s skin can dry out quickly – once or twice a week is plenty for most newborns.  As for the bath itself, there are a number of safe bathing options for baby – from small-sized tubs to baby slings.  Be sure to learn about the materials used in producing the tubs so that you can reduce your baby’s exposure to BPA and Phthalates, among other potentially dangerous chemicals.  The Soft Landing’s guide helps provide information and offers some great green and non-toxic alternatives.

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Nancy Massotto is the Founder and Director of the Holistic Moms Network, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Nancy has a passion for living holistic and works to help parents connect, learn and support one another on their journeys through parenting and holistic living. Find more information about Nancy on her website or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.