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Grooming and Healthcare Kit

A kit can be useful for getting and containing these small, essential items. You can buy a "grooming" kit or "healthcare" kit. Do yourself a favor and register for a "grooming and healthcare" kit and get all the things you need and some you didn't think of.

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Safety 1st Detach and Go Grooming and Healthcare Kit Safety 1st Detach and Go Grooming and Healthcare Kit
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Small-toothed Comb and Brush Set

In addition to grooming, a small-tooth comb massages the scalp and helps clear up "cradle cap," a waxy build-up on many newborn scalps. 

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Safety 1st Infant Comb and Brush Set Safety 1st Infant Comb and Brush Set
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Baby Nail Clippers

Baby fingernails grow quickly and are razor sharp. Keep them trimmed regularly -- ideally during nap time -- to prevent your baby from nicking and cutting its delicate face. Baby nail clippers are easier to use on tiny fingers than baby nail scissors, but keep it simple. Magnifiers and lights often just get in the way of getting the job done. 

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Safety 1st Fold-Up Nail Clipper Safety 1st Fold-Up Nail Clipper
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Baby Oil

In case of "cradle cap" (waxy build-up on newborn scalp), apply baby oil and use a comb to massage and slowly break up the build up. The process may take weeks or months.

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Johnson's Baby Oil Johnson's Baby Oil
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Baby Swabs

Baby swabs clean the outer ear and have other handy uses, such as cleaning and drying the umbilical cord site (only as directed by your pediatrician).

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Johnson's Safety Swabs (55 swabs) Johnson's Safety Swabs (55 swabs)
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