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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you’ll find answers to the questions we receive most often.

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Product Usage

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When should I use baby powder?

You can apply powder as often as necessary, with each diaper change, at bedtime or any time when there's extended exposure to wet diapers. Change your baby's wet and soiled diapers promptly, cleanse the diaper area and allow to dry. Carefully shake a small amount of baby powder into your hand and apply to the diaper area, away from your baby's face.

 

The natural moisture-absorption qualities of the pure cornstarch in JOHNSON'S® pure cornstarch baby powder with aloe & vitamin e keep your baby’s skin comfortable and dry. The soft texture of this gentle cornstarch baby powder helps keep skin feeling especially fresh and smooth.

 

WARNING: Keep powder away from child’s face to avoid inhalation, which can cause breathing problems. Avoid contact with eyes. For external use only. Close tightly after use. Avoid contact with open flame.

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Baby Care

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What's the best way to bathe a newborn?

Sponge bathing often is recommended for the first few weeks, until the umbilical cord and circumcision, if any, have healed. Wash your baby's hair and body using a gentle baby cleanser, washing the diaper area last.

 

Related Article: Give Your Baby a Sponge Bath

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Why should I give my baby a massage?

Touch is one of the first ways parents and babies communicate. Through touch, a baby learns to enjoy the comfort and security of loving and being loved. Baby massage helps enhance the bond begun at birth.

 

Related Article: Baby Massage

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I've been reading that it is important to establish a regular bedtime routine at night to help a baby fall asleep easier. I always give my baby a warm bath at bedtime as part of the routine I use; however, I've recently heard that newborns don't need to be bathed every day. Is it OK for me to continue bathing my baby every night as part of the bedtime routine that I use?

To keep your baby clean, you really only need to bathe your baby every other day or so. Once your baby is mobile or has discovered the joys of independent eating, daily baths for cleanliness become more of a necessity as well as another opportunity for play! There are many other reasons to take a bath that can include being part of a routine that helps transition a child into a sleep-ready mood. Bathing in a delightfully scented warm bath is a very relaxing way for both parents and baby to slip in to a good night's sleep! Bathtime can also provide a special opportunity to bond with your baby and after bath provides a special time for massage to help ready him for bed. Bedtime routines are essential for good sleep habits, so enjoy this unique time with your baby, particularly at the end of a hectic day.

 

Related Article: Newborn Sleep

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When is my baby ready for the big bath tub?

Your baby is ready for a grown-up tub when she is able to sit up on her own. But remember, never leave your baby unattended in the tub.

 

Related Article: How to Bathe Your Baby

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What causes diaper rash?

Most babies get diaper rash at least once in the first 3 years. Babies who are 9 to 12 months old, teething, starting solid food or taking antibiotics are especially vulnerable.

 

Trapped moisture and friction from movement in a wet or dirty diaper can irritate the skin, causing redness and irritation in the diaper area. Once the skin is damaged, your child's urine and feces can cause further irritation.

 

Change your baby's diapers as soon as they are soiled. Cleanse your baby's diaper area thoroughly with baby wipes, a wet cloth or a baby-appropriate cleansing lotion. Always wipe from front to back. Pay attention to skin folds and creases — make sure they're thoroughly rinsed and dried. JOHNSON'S® pure cornstarch baby powder gently absorbs excess wetness to keep baby’s skin dry and soft.

When extra protection might be desired, try using PENATEN® Daily Clear Protection Cream. Or if light pinkness or actual rash is present, use PENATEN® Medicated Cream.

 

WARNING: Keep powder away from child’s face to avoid inhalation, which can cause breathing problems. Avoid contact with eyes. For external use only. Close tightly after use. Avoid contact with open flame.

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My baby is often fussy at bedtime. What can I do to calm her down?

It's not uncommon for babies to be fussy at the end of the day. It's their way of coping with all the stimulation of their world. Try to create bedtime rituals that your baby will look forward to. Give her a soothing bath, add a massage into her routine and read her a story or play soft music.

 

Related Article: JOHNSON’S® 3-Step Routine

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How long should my newborn nurse at each breast?

Nurse frequently — between 8 and 12 times a day after the first 24 hours (you should offer the breast frequently during the first day as well, but the baby may not nurse 8 times). Look for your baby’s hunger cues. Keeping your baby snuggled with her skin against your skin helps encourage her to breastfeed. Wake your baby if more than 3 hours go by from the start of one feeding session to the start of the next.

 

Let your baby finish nursing on one breast before switching to the other. This will typically take between 10 and 20 minutes (if your baby won’t nurse for at least 10 minutes, ask a lactation consultant whether you should pump until your baby nurses longer). Your baby may not nurse on the other side. If she doesn’t, just start on that breast next time. Feeding on demand will stimulate your breasts to produce plenty of milk. Later, your baby can settle into a more predictable routine. But because breast milk is more easily digested than formula, breast-fed babies often eat more frequently than bottle-fed babies.

 

All babies feed differently. Take your cues from your baby. If your baby is over 1 week old and wetting at least 6 to 8 diapers in a 24-hour period, she is likely getting enough milk no matter his feeding pattern.

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How many times a day should you breastfeed your newborn baby?

All babies eat differently — some want to eat a small amount every 1 to 2 hours; others take longer to nurse and only eat every 3 to 4 hours. This also varies as a baby grows and starts eating solid foods, or if he has a growth spurt. The general recommendation for a newborn to eat is between 8 and 12 times in a 24-hour period.

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How can I help my baby relax and fall asleep?

Massage is a great way to relax your baby before bedtime. Massage JOHNSON'S® baby BEDTIME® lotion over your baby's entire body to help soothe, soften and moisturize.

 

Related Article: JOHNSON’S® 3-Step Routine

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How should I clean my baby's ears?

Follow your grandmother's advice, "the only thing you should stick in your ear is your elbow." At your doctor's direction, use an ear bulb syringe, an earwax softener or a swab to clean the outermost portion of your baby's ears.

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