Post birth, this particular question is on the mind of every new parent. You can play it safe if you wait until the rest of the umbilical cord has completely fallen off before taking the first bath. This will prevent possibility of germs in the bath water from contaminating the wound on your baby’s belly. Until then, use a washcloth and clean warm water to wipe your little one. Even sponge baths are sufficient! To do this, gently wipe your baby’s body, don't forget the folds of skin, hands and face. Every time you change your baby’s diaper, clean the bottom and genital area. It is best to have a bowl of lukewarm water ready next to the changing table.