Bathing Newborn in Hospital?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Did you bathe your newborn at the hospital?
    Yes : (23 votes)
    51 %
    No : (22 votes)
    49 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I voted no, but it’s posisble they may have given him more of a wash down when they took him for his blood work and normal testing than, since they could only do sponge baths at that point.

    Post # 4
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    I’m willing to wash it away mainly because my husband is disgusted by it and I don’t want there to be any kind of barrier for him bonding with our baby.  You can ask about it but I will tell you that a nurse is going to take your baby out of your sight to weigh them, measure them, and wipe them down so most of it comes off immediately.  I do remember my sister’s skin peeling a few days after birth so I don’t think they scrub everything off, they just wipe away the blood and mucus.

    Post # 5
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    416 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    They put him on my belly right when he came out, I breastfed within the hour, etc.  But about 3-4 hours after he was born, the nurse gave him a sponge bath with just water in the room under the warmer, then rebundled him and gave him back.  I don’t think it needs to be done the second they come out, but most people are in the hospital for 2-3 days after delivery, and I wouldn’t want my baby to go that long without being cleaned.

    Post # 6
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    4941 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I won’t be having them give her a full bath because they use a pretty harsh soap still. And if she has my skin, it won’t be a pretty reaction. I’ll have them probably wipe the vernix off because it grosses DH out and I don’t want that to get in the way of bonding time, but that’ll be it. 

    Post # 7
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    5460 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @megz06:  *I* didn’t bathe DD in the hospital, however the nurse doing her weight/length did because she pooped ALLLLL over me and herself right after she was born.  Thanks BabyDane, and welcome to motherhood haha!

    The policy at our hospital is basically a ‘wipe down’ but they don’t usually do a full bath.  With all the poop though, yeahhhhh she needed a bath.  And so did I!

    Post # 8
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    863 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    They don’t bathe babies in the hospital that we gave birth in (and I think generally in Canada) for a long time – it usually happens in the next couple of days after the birth when they’ve got feeding established, because it makes them too sleepy to eat. So she got a quick wipe down and that was it. It wasn’t as disgusting as I thought it would be!

    Post # 9
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    205 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I gave birth at 2 am and although they usually bathe babies soon after birth where we delivered, I asked that they wait. I just didn’t want to bother my little one when she had just had the most traumatic experience of her little life! It was a personal thing, and not something I had thought of prior to giving birth. We waited until the afternoon the next day. 

    Post # 12
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    My baby was given a bath at around 9PM on the day she was born (born at 7:30AM). To be honest, I was glad they did, because she was born with a lot of hair and her hair was, quite frankly, disgusting for that first day. It was crusted with dried blood and goo. I didn’t mind at all when they brought her back to me soft, clean, and fresh 🙂

    Post # 14
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    3677 posts
    Sugar bee

    We held off on bathing. We wiped off the blood and mucus, but not the vernix (our baby didn’t have too much of it, in any case), and rubbed that in rather than washing it off. They wanted to bathe her before we left the hospital, but we declined that. (We were only there for ~12 hours anyway.)

    On a side note, re. a PP’s remark about them taking baby away to weigh and measure: you can have them do that when you want, not necessarily right away. The baby is not going to change size in the first few hours, and it’s more important for you to have your uninterrupted bonding time than for them to pop baby on the scale so they can fill out their chart. My DH was great about protecting that time for us and asking the nurses to come back in a few hours.

    Post # 15
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    1029 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    Bathing baby is pretty standard in the hospital, I think… at least in the US. Our birth center does not do this, and advocates waiting a day or two (which we plan to do). Obviously, if there is blood or poop these would need to be cleaned up, but I think that can be done without removing most of the vernix and amniotic fluid.

    Post # 16
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    7929 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    They washed my daughter with water only after I had fed her maybe twice. It had been quite a bit after her birth… a few hours.

    My baby was weighed and measured in my delivery room. She was bathed in there also. They only took her from the room once the next day (I can’t remember why) but my husband went along with her.

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