Does baby need feet covered at night?

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asked Jun 21 in Baby/Newborn by heatedbutt (660 points)
Does baby need feet covered at night?

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answered Jun 22 by Tanjas (5,500 points)
A baby's feet needs to be covered with socks or pajamas if it's cool in the room.

However if it's warm the baby's feet does not need to be covered.

Babies develop muscles by kicking and wriggling, so never discourage this.

Feet need to be free and active, not restricted by overly tight bedding, bootees, leggings or any other foot covering.

When your baby begins to crawl, they can do so barefoot.

This will help their feet and toes develop normally.

To clean under your baby's toenails you can use a small toothbrush dipped in some water to brush under the baby's toenails.

Just brush under the toenails gently but not too hard.

To wash a newborns hair use a cup or small pitcher to pour water on your baby's hair until it's wet.

Gently wash his or her hair with a tear-free, baby shampoo and wash out with warm water.

Covering the newborns eyes with a washcloth while you pour the water over their head is a good idea.

Always use tear free shampoo on newborns and babies.

Newborn hair only needs to be washed a couple times per week and for babies with a coarser texture hair, once-a-week might be enough.

To clean an infant's ears you can use cotton balls with some water or a wet washcloth to gently clean out the babies ears.

However do not use cotton swabs as they can damage the baby's ears.

There's no need to remove the earwax as the earwax helps to protect the baby's ears from germs, dirt and bacteria.

You can use diaper wipes or baby wipes on your baby's hands.

Diaper wipes are not just for cleaning a babies bottom and you can use diaper wipes or baby wipes for wiping the baby's face, hands, legs, stomach, body and even your own hands etc.

Your baby's hands can smell due to dirt, drool, lint, bacteria etc that get onto the babies hands.

Your baby might also put their hand down their diaper and cause bacteria to get onto the hands or even traces of poop that you don't see.

Babies hands get so dirty due to clothes lint, dirt, drool, sticking their fingers and hands in their mouths as well as normal skin secretions.

You should wash your baby's hands as often as you wash yours such as before eating, after changing diapers, after playing etc.

However you can use wipes to wipe your baby's hands in between hand washing.

You should not stop washing your baby's hands.

Baby's hands always need to be washed but sometimes you can just wipe the hands down with some baby wipes or a wash cloth when they get dirty.

Babies need their hands washed as often as adults and children.

As a general rule you should wash a baby's hands before they should touch something that should stay clean such as food or another baby, and after they have touched anything that might have contaminated their hands.

Until your baby is at least two months old, it's an excellent idea to ask visitors to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water before holding your baby.

Set yourself and immediate family members the same rule.

Kids as young as 2 can learn to wash their hands, although they may need help.

You might need to hold your child up so he can reach the sink, or get him or her a booster step so he can reach the faucet.

Wash the baby's hands for 20 seconds.

Rub top and inside of hands, under nails and between fingers.

Rinse hands under running water for at least 10 seconds.

Dry hands with disposable paper towel or towel.

Cleanliness around newborns makes sense, because newborn babies' immune systems aren't fully developed.

Once your baby is more than a month or two months old, you won't need to be so careful about protecting her from germs.

However, it is probably still a good idea for visitors to wash their hands, just in case.

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