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Clothing and diapering your newborn


Dress your baby in clothes similar to what you feel comfortable in for the season. Use light blanket and clothing in hot weather. To see if your baby is warm enough, feel the back of the neck. If neck feels cool, add more clothing; if neck feels warm or 
sweaty, your baby is too hot. Wash new clothes before baby wears them. Wash clothes in mild soaps; rinse clothes twice; do not use fabric softeners in the dryer.


  • Change diapers frequently.
  • Do not leave soiled diaper on baby for a long time — it may cause diaper rash.
  • Cloth Diapers:
    • Use plastic panties over cloth diapers, if desired.
    • Rinse diaper in clear water, then wash in mild soap.
  • Disposable Diapers:
    • Dispose in trash can immediately, away from children and pets.
    • In case of rash, try changing brands


Your baby should have at least six wet diapers in 24 hours.


Breast-fed babies usually have three or more yellow, loose-watery stools each day. Your diet may cause stomach upset or gas in baby. If stools change or your baby becomes more cranky, think about what you ate in the past 24 hours.

Bottle-fed babies usually have formed, yellow or brown stools every day or every other day.

Diaper rash

  • Desitin, Vaseline and Vitamin A & D Ointment may be used to protect skin from urine and stool.
  • Air dry bottom by allowing your baby to go without a diaper for a short time.
  • Notify doctor if rash continues to spread
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