Baby Care Basics:
5 Must-Know Tips for That First Week Home

1. Baby wipes
Most docs recommend avoiding premoistened diaper wipes for the first month of baby's life since some of their chemicals can irritate a newborn's tender skin. Instead, use cotton balls dipped in warm water. When baby’s ready for regular wipes, choose ones that are alcohol-free and unscented to prevent irritation.

2. Bath time
Until baby’s umbilical cord is off and healed, baby can only take sponge baths. Start by soaking your baby a little. Make sure to always keep one hand on baby, and remember that infants are especially slippery when wet. Start with his face–one area at a time since covering the whole face with a washcloth can be scary -- and work your way down. Make sure to thoroughly wash inside all the folds (under the arms, in the neck, the genital area, etc.) and save baby’s dirtiest parts -- aka the diaper area -- for last. Then, move back up and wash baby’s hair. And note: There’s no need to bathe more than every few days.

3. Newborn skin
At birth, baby's skin will probably appear to be dry. How come? It’s in the process of peeling off an entire waterproof layer of sorts. But in general, a baby's skin doesn’t need much specialized care -- just lots of TLC. A mild cleanser is safe, though many people recommend just plain water. Your baby's face takes a lot of abuse (just think of all that spitting!), so do your best to keep it clean. But if baby's skin seems excessively dry, irritated or itchy, or if you notice a rash or breakout, consult your pediatrician ASAP.

4. The umbilical cord get sucked into registering for cute toys or outfits Umbilical cord care has changed dramatically over the last 20 years; now, many hospitals recommend doing nothing but keeping the cord dry (read: sponge baths only). But some pediatricians still recommend using alcohol on the cord with each diaper change to speed up the healing process. That way you’ll be able to give your baby real baths, as opposed to sponge baths, sooner. So find out what your doctor recommends.

5. Fingernails and toenails
The safest way to keep a newborn’s nails short is to just file them and not cut them at all. Since the skin of the fingers is usually attached to the back of the nail, cutting the nails often results in nipping the fingertip too (ouch!). Even though the bleeding is minor and can be stopped quickly with a little pressure, it's very upsetting to the parent -- and always seems like a lot more blood than it really is! Once baby is a little older (18 months), you can cut their nails while they’re asleep.

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Help! My baby's just started teething and no matter what I do I just can't get her to stop crying. Have any tips or suggestions?

Re: Help! My baby's just started teething and no matter what I do I just can't get her to stop crying. Have any tips or suggestions?

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Ah, the joys of teething... we definitely feel your pain. This stage isn't easy on anyone (least of all baby), but it's simply unavoidable. Read on for teething tips from both experts and fellow moms, and check out our list of favorite teethers. Plus, download our teething chart, which will help you keep track of bay's new teeth as they come in.

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Bump Kaitlin

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You should try Teething tablets if you havent already. i use them with my son an he seems to clam down after i give him one.

Dathansmommy |

Q&A: Teething solutions? 2-3 of these little dynomite pills will ease your baby's pain.

texasmama10 |

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I've only had to deal with teething for a short time, but the frozen rings, and ambesol work.

amcneely09 |

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I definitely recommend the Hyland's teething tablets. They are homeopathic and they workk!!!

missnineteeneighty |

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try using teething tablets.I use them with my son an they work wonders!!! =]

Dathansmommy |

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i just looked up those teething tablets- never heard of them before! but they have milk in them...what about a baby who has a milk protein allergy??? the last thing i want to do is give her a milk based product & make her fussy and sick on top of the already unbearable fussing and crying!

Kaitlyn_Prior |

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my doctor said I shouldn't give my daughter anything with "belladonna" in it as it is causes hallucinations. those teething tablets have belladonna.

katie8170 |

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tablets have been recalled

debkev |

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The teether tablets have been recalled due to the non child safe top & "varying" dosage of ingredients... If you already have this product go to the link in the above comment... You can either send in the product you have now or request a coupon for another product. They're not sure when the tablets will be out on shelves again but they do have a teething gel that I haven't tried yet but is supposed to be just as great :) I have the product from the recall & I've requested a coupon but it says it takes 6-8 weeks to get here... My little girl just turned 9 months on the 28th & her first tooth cuth through on Halloween... I can't wait 6-8 weeks for something that does so much good for me angel & I don't have the $ to get otherwise. She hasn't had any of the adverse effects they have talked about so I can only pray that they are ok. Best things I've found: Hylands teether tabs, oragel baby, cooled or frozen teether rings, & a cool damp washcloth to chew... Also... I've heard many different things about belladonna & I think all of you will just have to do your own research & do as you feel is best. I personally believe that in such a small amount as the one given in the teether tabs that my child is safe. She would be misserable w/o her tabs as nothing else has worked quite like they do (if she has a fever I give her Tylenol instead) Take a look at Hylands web page... It's great

LKWarden |

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i give my son teething tablet and i put ice inside a feedin tool that it is for veggies and fruit but he loves ittt he even cries when there is no more iceee

penareyess1026 |

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I received a notice saying the tablets were can google it.

cassy11488 |

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my doctor suggested chicken noodle soup, a strange method but it worked :)

edycakes |

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amber teething necklace

christysummer |

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my daughter likes biten on a towel

Mykids11 |

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There is a different brand of teething tablets now available called Humphrey's Teething Pellets and they work great!

alysiaa |

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I probably going to jinx myself for this, but my son is 7 months old and teething has not been bad. Does it only get bad when the actual tooth starts popping out?

pam651 |

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My husband and I use Camilia drops and the TINIEST ( im talking small ) amount of anbesol on our daughters gums at night, also try a frozen wash cloth as well or if you have those mesh baby food thing for solids you can freeze water in them and give your little monkey those too. But really just give more love and kisses, to help them thru this difficult milestone!.

mommiekat |

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I asked my pediatrician about the Hyland's teething tablets and she said (despite the recall) that my seven month old could swallow the entire bottle and would cause her no harm. The recall was entirely voluntary b/c they're going to change how the dosage information reads.

lindsaypavlick |

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I gave our kid ice that is like apopcicle

iloveu4ever |

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I give my daughter Baby Orajel Naturals (Remedy for Teething Pain Relief), it seems to work instantly!

hordais |

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i use the teething pellets as well, my 7 month old son is fine...i also use the mesh solid-feeder with ice and i also use my thumb..i rub his gums for counter pressure and he loves that too.

mamajfoo |

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I'm right there with you on that one!!! I have given my son the teething tablets, rings, and oragel. You can only give your kid so much tylenol and motrin. So, I just wish that one thing would work!!!

jessiexray |

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We take the really thin washclothes...wet them and put them in the freezer. He loves to chew on those. Also OraGel makes pre filled swabs....those are awesome! His first one broke through yesterday more gummy grins :( and :)

tylersmom22 |

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For my son we did the tablets, but they really didn't seem to work so we tried tylenol, which helped out a little bit at least to calm him down. Then someone we knew had this little toy that I thought looked like a dog toy, but it calmed my son down instantly it is called Sophie the giraffe, it is at Babies R Us or online. I also made my own baby food and froze it and put it in a little teether mesh thing that sassy makes and he enjoyed that imensley because it was cold. I hope this helps!

njesst |

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We haven't used any tablets or gels for our daughter. The washclothes that you freeze worked well for the really fussy days, also you can buy these mesh food holders that work great for ice and frozen fruits and veggies, a rubber spatula (works awesome, especially when in the kitchen, that way she's helping when I cook) and I found this teething bracelet made by this company called life factory, that was probably the best investment we made. My daughter has been teething since she was 2 months old and is almost 8 now, she has 5 teeth with her 6th one on its way so we've been dealing with it for a while, but if you find the right thing that works just stick with it. It seems to me that they really just want and need to bite something.

spvaca22 |

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I've had the same problems with my baby when he started teething. One of my best friends works as a cosmetic dentist New Hampshire and she told me that I shouldn't worry even if he has fever because this is normal. Some babies have pains when teething while others don't feel anything. There are some special teething toys that you can buy to your baby in order to calm him.

CarolinaJohanson |

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My son had bad ear infections for a short while when he started teething other then that he did great. He likes to chew on everything besides his toys. I let him as long a I wash it first

Phatmom |

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When my son first started teething I used anbesol, teething tablets, and the frozen rings. Those are good, but the best solution for his pain is frozen waffles! He absolutely loves them and one a day seems to do the trick. I heard about this idea watching Roseanne, lol.

inbetweenus |

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wet a washcloth and let your baby chew and gnaw on it try cool water first....

windk2012 |

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You may try Humphreys. They are little pellets that dissolve in water. Then rub it on baby's gums. It helps. You can also try Camillia, it's organic. The sell it at Whole Foods and Walgreens.


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We use Camilla, as well as massage our daughters gums with our finger. Or, I will cut a slice of apple, not too thin or thick, and let her gnaw on that. She loves the taste and she uses it longer than a regular teether. But, I have to stay right there with her while she chews. But, it works great for us!

tayrob1986 |

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My Daughter is 9 months old - and she has her 7th tooth coming out (5 already broke through the gums and 2 are coming up now). I give her the frozen teething rings, frozen washcloth and the baby orajel. At this point we are having sleepless nights and -My daughter would sleep for a couple hours and then she will be upo for 3-4 hours in the night - any advise.....

jadee1216 |

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I've recently taken a health administration degree and I work in a pediatric hospital.There are a lot of babies who are teething and the doctors prescribe them some antiinflamatory pills as they are great.

suniscomming |

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my baby wont let go of her baby hairbrush. she is constantly chewing on the soft bristles.

lalafirefly27 |

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Try applying the oral gel to the gums and then give a chilled teether to bite on, it really work for me!

bibby12 |

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BonBon and an amber teething necklace does the trick at my house!

brynnelizabeth10 |

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since dandi is seven months and can eat I give her table food mostly stick fruits and veggies they help her a lot and she gets her nutrients too

emandwes121210 |

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Sophie the Giraffe!!!! from babies r us |

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I heard that Baby Orajel Naturals gel is a natural remedy for teething pain relief and I tried giving it to my son, this remedy really helps my baby sleep more comfortably. I was not sure if this gel is safe for my son and I asked the dentist from about this, he told me a lot of people are pleased by this product because it has been used medicinally for centuries as an anti-inflammatory and to treat pain and discomfort.

amyabel68 |