In their Keeping Kids Healthy column, UTMB Drs. Sally Robinson and Keith Bly address how to care for a baby’s skin. The baby has been bathed in amniotic fluid for months - without soap. Water makes up a great part of this fluid, and it follows that moisture, or water, is an important quality of skin. Water is also the most important ingredient in cleaning a baby. Until the umbilical cord falls off, sponge bathing is sufficient. Daily bathing isn’t necessary, but the diaper area must be cleaned with gentle soap and rinsed adequately. Be sure diaper wipes do not contain alcohol.