Question by Buffy:
Has anyone heard of wiping a newborn down with Olive Oil oppose to Bathing them in the first couple of weeks?

I am currently pregnant and my baby is due in January. I live in the Midwest and I am afraid of my newborn catching a cold due to bathing. I heard that you can wipe a baby down with Olive Oil oppose to bathing them. This is suppose to moisturize the skin and remove old skin while protecting the embilical cord. I am wondering if there is any truth to this or if this is an old wise tale???


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Answer by Alyssa’s mommy
There are a few cultures who are obsessed with covering babies in oil. I have even had a woman tell me to shave my then 1 year old’s hair and cover her head in oil till her hair grew back in thicker… no thanks.

You can get a space heater to put in the lavatory so the air is nice and warm for your newborn if your are worried.

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