(Closed) Skipping baby’s first bath?….

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@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
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

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
554 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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 # 7
1643 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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
1058 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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
870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

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 Embarassed) and going into a pool, or in the water at the beach…. shudder

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