How to care for baby's ears, nails, and hair

Parent Educator Sarah McCormick, MA, CLE, shares advice for parents on the best method to groom your baby's ears, nails, and hair
How to Care for Your Baby's Ears, Nails, and Hair
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How to care for baby's ears, nails, and hair

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One of the really important aspects when you're caring for a baby is to slow down. Our quick movements can be really overstimulating to babies and when they're in the middle of grooming, all that attention to their body can translate into an incredible sensory experience. It's really important to slow down, tell them what you're going to do before you do it. "I'm going to clip your nails, here comes the first one 'clip', here comes the second one 'clip' ". For little infants it's helpful to do nail clipping after a bath when their nails are soft. For older infants sit them in your lap, have them face outward, and clip the nails as they sit there. Sometimes singing a song is really helpful or playing music to help them relax while you're tending to their body. For a bath it's really helpful to have a very warm room, very warm water, and to tell them what you're going to do before you do it. "I'm going to put your body in the bath", "Here comes the soap, "Here comes the shampoo", "Now we're going to rinse." In terms of the bath, you don't need to use soap and shampoo every day. Just water is enough to clean a baby.

Parent Educator Sarah McCormick, MA, CLE, shares advice for parents on the best method to groom your baby's ears, nails, and hair

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Sarah McCormick, MA, CLE

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After attending parenting groups as a mom with both her first and second child, she loved it so much, she decided that working with babies and parents was what she wanted to do for a living.  Sarah McCormick made a 180 degree career change, and enrolled at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena where Sarah obtained a Masters Degree in Human Development with a concentration in Infant and Toddler Development. Sarah is also a Certified Lactation Educator and a Perinatal Mood Disorders Specialist to better support the parents she works with.

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