(Closed) Bathing Newborn in Hospital?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Did you bathe your newborn at the hospital?

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  • Post # 17
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA

    I will definitely be having my baby bathed a few hours after bonding.  Depending on the amount of hair the baby has, there can be a lottt of goop.  I want some time to bond, but I don’t think there’s any benefits to waiting days to bathe the baby.  

    Post # 18
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @megz06:  We put a note to not bathe the baby on our birth plan. We didn’t bathe him until a day or two after we got home.

    Post # 19
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    My little guy was born at 11:30 at night, and they directed us in giving him a bath, hm, maybe around 11:30 the next day? So 12 hours later? It was fine with me. 

    Post # 20
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    So for those of you that posted that you did not bathe baby for a few days, did that ACTUALLY make a difference in dryness of their skin?

     

    Post # 21
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    The nurse gave DD a sponge bath about 4 hours after she was born. I was happy with that.

    Post # 22
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

    When I did my newborn nursery rotation in nursing school, we didn’t do a full bath on the babies, just a sponge bath over a sink in the nursery. After a day, we’d get a scrub brush used for surgery to get some of the remaining vernix out of the hair to make it fluffy, but that was it. There wasn’t a deep clean or anything.

    Post # 23
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @MsJ2theZ:  I didn’t have another baby to do a side-by-side comparison with, so…I guess I can’t really give a definitive answer. We live in a really dry climate and my DH has pretty sensitive skin, so that contributed to our decision.

    Post # 25
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m a postpartum nurse and my advice is just be honest on what you want for your baby. Not all nurses are as considerate, but I always ask what the parents want. I had a mom freaked out by our Johnson and Johnson wash, so I offered to wash baby with just water. She was very happy! I also have just washed a baby’s hair when the parents wanted to skip the bath but the poor babe’s head was crusted over lol! As another posted mentioned, you have the right to chose what you want done, it’s YOUR baby, and you have the right to stay with your baby at all times (or send Dad with him/her).  

    Post # 26
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @megz06


    I worked in labor and delivery. At the hospital i work at the nurses bath the baby because obviously they are a little dirty after birth. After that, before discharging mom and baby, they are required to give you a demo on bathing the baby. the patient has the option to be in the nursery with the baby during the first bath too. And its more of a sponge bath.

    Post # 27
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    My LO didn’t have a full bath until she was almost a week old and she actually had a shower!  LO’s birth was very traumatic and my midwife thought that bathing her would be unnecessarily traumatic and overstimulating.

    Post # 28
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    @megz06:  I will not be bathing my baby in the hospital UNLESS she poops during delivery and meconium gets on her. Then I will be either bathing her with water only, or the organic wash I bring myself. I’d prefer to let the vernix soak into her skin, they already have such dry skin and bathing dries it out more. Plus amniotic fluid is so good for them, why wash it off right away?

    Post # 29
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    i definitely want all traces of blood and mucus (any any poop) wiped off and i think chances are that will take off most of the vernix too? i think in  most places they give a sponge bath with water rather than harsh soaps so im not worried about that

    itd be quite interesting if after skin to skin etc someone gave a baby half a sponge bath…ie left half vernix on half off and compared a few days later. 

    Post # 30
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @megz06:  No. My son was one week old when he got home and that was when we first bathed him. I read somewhere that they don’t need to be bathed in the first few days to a week. They gave him a good clean after we had our skin to skin after he was born. He didn’t smell at all, we were just excited for him to be home and for his first bath 🙂

    Post # 31
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

    Our LO will be receiving his/her first bath in the hospital. We’ll be doing it, but we (mostly DH) want the supervision from someone who’s really experienced with bathing newborns. The bath won’t be right away though; it’ll probably be the next day shortly before we head home. We’ll be brushing crusties out of the hair long before then though.

    ETA: After we’ve taken the baby home though, full baths will probably only take place every few days since newborns don’t need them very often unless they soil themselves completely.

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