Post # 1
It wasn’t until recently that I learned there were actually some benefits of NOT bathing baby right after being born, since then I’ve been pretty intrigued about the whole “not bathing baby”.
Did you know:
The vernix can actually help protect baby from infection?
The vernix when rubbed in can help “lotion” & protect baby’s skin?… (Many newborns get that dry peeling skin, but the vernix can help prevent that)
Keeping your natural “smell” on baby can actually HELP with breastfeeding?
Now of course you “clean” baby off by wiping it clean & sponge wash the dipe area after changes, but baby soaps & that “scrubbed” clean can be skipped.
So… anyone else going to forgo baby’s first bath?
Post # 3
@runsyellowlites: Where I’m delivering they actually wait to have you bathe the baby for quite a long time. I was surprised by this and when I asked why, they gave the same answers you explained.
Post # 4
Yep. We’re not giving her a bath. Our doula recommended forgoing the first bath and the midwives at my birth center also agree. So she probably won’t get a bath until she’s a few days old.
Post # 5
Me too. I’m delivering in a hospital though I’m hoping this won’t be too much of an issue when we decide to wait on the bath. We will have a doula with us so hopefully she’ll be able to gently remind me and the staff of our wishes.
Post # 6
That’s so awesome other momma’s have heard about all this too! =)
@orvis18: The only thing I’ve really seen is that the nurses don’t usually like it, but do comply. And that baby get a “yucky face” sticker on their little bin since they’re “unbathed” <– I think that’s kinda funny! lol
Post # 7
Thanks for sharing this! I knew about it, but didn’t realise people were so anti not washing your baby 😉
I’m a community childrens nurse, and although I don’t see mum antinatally, I always advise not to put the baby in the bath until after the cord has fully fallen off. For the vernix reason, as much as soaking the umbilicus can delay the healing process and again make it suseptible to infection. Also it dires their skin so much! I do promote parents ‘topping and tailing’ their babies ever 2 – 3 days, but not ‘scrubbing’ their babies is so much kinder in the long run.
Post # 8
I believe the baby can be washed and rinsed off while the nurse is still holding it, but not sumerged in water until after the cord has fallen off. You can wipe the baby down to get it clean, but hey its brand new why in the world would you have to give it a bubble bath like a full grown, stinky man or woman???? LOL
Post # 9
I waited about a week after bringing my son home to give him his first bath and then only gave him one a week until he started actually making messes because they don’t need a bath as often as most people. They don’t really sweat or do anything so other than whiping them with a damp rag if they spit up or have an exploding diaper then I didn’t really clean him up much. The pediatrician actually told me to do it that way.
Post # 10
DS is a week old today and still hasn’t had a bath. He smells so good and his skin is so soft. I just wipe up his spit up and sponge down his bottom. I don’t want to wash away the new baby smell, and he’s just not dirty.
Post # 11
When I was a baby, my mom couldn’t give me a bath until I was at least 6 months old! Why? I would screech blue murder and my body would go straight as a board when any part of me touched water. I would not straighten up for several minutes, and not shut up either…. The doctor actually said, “Don’t bother, just wipe her down, she’s not dirty”
No wonder I hate getting wet today! I dread taking showers (although I do ) and going into a pool, or in the water at the beach…. shudder