How to Give Baby a Bath
Baby’s first bath is sure to be a memory you’ll always remember. As your baby grows from newborn to infant and into toddler years, kids' bathing needs and style will change. Studies show it’s beneficial to delay baby’s first bath after delivery to increase postpartum bonding and breastfeeding success, while also providing many benefits to the newborn. What’s important is to keep your little one safe during their time in the water while also having fun!
So, how to give baby a bath? Usually the first bath for baby is done at the hospital. Make sure you request to take part, and have your camera ready for a baby photoshoot! A postpartum nurse will typically give baby a bath while the new mom rests. Studies indicate it’s beneficial to delay baby’s first bath for some of the reasons below:
Body temperature and blood sugar: Babies who bathe too early may be more likely to become cold and develop hypothermia or experience a drop in blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
Bonding and breastfeeding: Taking the baby away from moms for a bath too soon can interrupt skin-to-skin ("golden hour"), mother-child bonding, and early breastfeeding success. One study showed a 166% increase in hospital breastfeeding success after implementing a 12-hour delay in baby's first bath compared early hour bathing.
Dry skin: Vernix is a waxy white substance that coats a baby's skin before birth. It acts as a natural baby moisturizer (and may be anti-bacterial). According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), it's best to leave vernix on a newborns' skin. And it is especially important for preemies who may be prone to skin injury.
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