Routine bathing in the hospital should not be done to prevent cross infection and hypothermia. Instead the infant can be sponged and bathing can be delayed till the cord falls .The bathing should not last more than 5 minutes. For the initial bath, sterile or potable clean water is sufficient. Soaps and cleansers are best avoided initially for few days.
The ideal cleanser is pH neutral (pH 5.5), fragrance free, dye free, relatively preservative free and very gentle. One need not spend too much money on expensive soaps. Check the price before you advise.
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