The baby's toilet

The baby's toilet

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All clean after bathing? Almost ! Face, eyes, ears ... must in turn be cleaned gently. Daniel and Enzo, 3 months, show you the good gestures

Photos: Olivia Baumgartner.

The baby toilet (8 photos)

Before you start

Gather all the material you will need: cotton, sterile compresses, a hairbrush, petrolatum, warm mineral water or mist, moisturizer or sweet almond oil, saline (liquid whose composition is close to that of tears) in pods, small scissors with round ends (there are one slot on one of the blades to place the nail without being wrong).

His face

Once your toddler is dressed and comfortably seated on his back, you can wash his face by gently wiping on his face a cotton pad soaked in lukewarm water, or water from a fogger.

Their eyes

An infant's eyes require all your attention. Fine secretions are lodged at the corner of the eyelids. To clean them, gently pass on his eyelids a sterile compress moistened with a mist or saline from the internal angle of the eye to the outer corner. Wipe with a paper tissue if the liquid runs on his little cheeks. Change the compress for the other eye.


The tiny hairs in his nostrils naturally repel dust and phlegm, especially when your baby sneezes. However, small crusts can form at the birth of his nose and annoy him to breathe. Roll a piece of cotton between your fingers to make a small wick and soak with saline. Stroke the inner contour of the nostrils by turning, to detach small foreign bodies. Be careful, do not push the cotton too far and change it for each nostril. If your baby has a little nose, repeat the operation before meals so that he can breathe well while suckling.

His ears

Soak a small cotton wick with water or saline. Your baby's head should be turned to the side. To get his attention, place a toy or music box on the mattress. Start by cleaning the small folds behind his ear. Change cotton and gently clean the flag of his ear without pushing the wick into the ear canal: the inner ear canal is fragile and works by self-cleaning, that is to say that its small hairs push the wax to -outside. The use of the wick, like that of the cotton swab, is useless and even dangerous: it could form a plug. The skin behind the ear sometimes splits, in this case, apply some Vaseline.


Crusts of milk can appear under its down: it is a coating of sebum that is often formed on the scalp of infants, due to particularly abundant perspiration during feedings. Do not try to remove them by hand, they must fall by themselves. Gently wipe your baby's skull with some moisturizer or a cotton swab moistened with sweet almond oil. The next day, the crusts will be softened and will stand alone with a small shampoo.


Start cutting his nails at about 1 month old, when you find them long and they are well off the flesh of the finger. Put your baby on your lap, his back against you. With one hand, you hold his fingers and the other, you cut his nails. To distract him, think of him singing a song. And if he is not too agitated, go to the feet. Cut the nails squared, not too short with scissors for baby (with round ends). Clean the slides with an antiseptic solution. If your baby is moving too much, take a nap, but you still risk waking him up!

A little "cat" all clean

After all these adventures, a big hug is needed! Before dressing, enjoy this moment of intimacy to talk to him, reassure him, warm in the palm of your arms. Praise him for his great patience and participation ...