Bathing and Skin Care for the Newborn Bath time is a great time to bond with your newborn while keeping his/her skin healthy and cuddly soft. Get the facts—and proper supplies—to make these moments safe and enjoyable for both you and baby. Umbilical Cord Care In a few weeks, your baby will have the cutest little belly button. But right now the healing remains of his umbilical cord need special care. Here’s how to make sure it stays infection-free. Diapers/Diaper Rash You have two choices in diapers—cloth or disposable, and each type has advantages. You must decide which works best for your child and family. Circumcision Whether you decided to have your baby boy circumcised or not, it’s important to know how to care for his special needs. Find tips for caring for both circumcised and uncircumcised babies. Seborrheic Dermatitis (Cradle Cap) Cradle cap can occur on the scalp, diaper area, face, neck, and trunk. Symptoms include dry or greasy scales. Babies Need 'Tummy Time' Putting babies to sleep on their backs has dramatically reduced the incidence of SIDS. One unexpected side effect: Many infants now have a flattened head. Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome While being a new Mom brings lots of joy, it also brings stress—something a crying baby can make worse. Better understanding why your baby cries can help you deal with this stress in a healthy way and help you avoid the most common form of child abuse: Shaken baby syndrome. Measuring a Baby's Temperature Most physicians recommend taking a baby's temperature rectally, by placing a thermometer in the baby's anus. This method is accurate and gives a quick reading of the baby's internal temperature. Newborn Multiples Because many multiples are small and born early, they may be initially cared for in a special care nursery called the neonatal intensive care unit.