Cleaning your newborn: What you must know (belly button, ears, nose, tongue, nails)

There’s a lot of advice that new parents get on how to feed their little ones, how to clean them, how to put them to sleep, how to take care of them during illness and a lot of other things. But are you sure that this advice is a hundred per cent credible? We do not know

It is very important to clean your kids properly to prevent any infections or diseases. There are a zillion products in the market these days to pamper your infants. Parents need to make sure they are buying the right products and are keeping their newborns clean in the right way.

Here are some key-areas which you should know how to clean:

Changing a nappy

Changing a nappy can be a tricky task at first, but once you get the hang of it, you are good to go anytime. Parents should check to see if their little ones need a change of nappy, after every forty-five to sixty minutes. If yes, then take off the nappy and wash your baby’s bottom and genital area with fresh cotton wool and warm water. Dry very carefully, including between the skin folds and put on a clean nappy 


Parents can use an infant nasal suction pump for cleaning their baby’s nose. Pinch the air out of the bulb and gently place it into the nostril of your infant. Make sure it is just inside the opening. Do not insert it too deeply; least it causes any damage to internal parts of their nose. Release the bulb to suck out the mucous and release it onto a tissue and rinse the bulb well with fresh water before and after each use.


Bathing newborns is not an easy job and sometimes parents tend to get water in their baby’s ears. It’s OK to get water in your baby’s ears. Don’t try to dry the inside of your baby’s ears with cotton swabs (Q-tips); you can damage the eardrum. To get the water out, just gently turn his/her head to the side and let the water run out, then dry the outside of the ear with a soft towel.


Firstly, do not use tongue cleaners or brushes to clean your baby’s tongue. These things can be a little too harsh for them. Use soft gauze instead. Wash your hands clean and wrap a piece of sterilized gauze, cotton or washcloth and soak the edge in a glass of lukewarm drinking water. Gently wipe the surface of your baby’s tongue, upper and lower gum pads.


Trim your newborn’s nails after every 5-7 days with baby scissors or nail clippers. A content and sleeping baby would make this process way easier. For cleaning their fingernails, once the nail has been trimmed, soften any sharp edges on baby’s nails with an emery board. Use soft brush and warm water to clean out any grime remaining in your infant’s nails.

Belly Button

Dip a fresh cloth of cotton in warm water and squeeze to remove excess water. Gently clean around the base and the surrounding skin of the cord. Then hold the stump with a clean dry cloth to make sure it dries off completely. It is important that the umbilical cord remain clean and dry until it falls off naturally.

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