In most hospitals, newborns are washed soon after birth, but there are lots of reasons why you may want to wait.The World Health Organisation suggests waiting at least 24 hours before giving your new baby their first bath. Many studies have shown that babies need this time to adjust to their environment and learn how to perform certain bodily function - like regulating their temperature. Giving your baby a bath too soon can disrupt this natural process.
A newborn’s’ skin is typically coated with a protective substance called Vernix Caseosa. This waxy coating is what protects babies skin from amniotic fluid during pregnancy. It acts as a natural moisturizer and cleaner that has antimicrobial properties that can kill bacteria and fungus. Washing this off too soon can keep some babies from receiving its’ full benefit. A good towel rub is all that’s needed to remove any amniotic fluid, blood and meconium.
Here are 5 benefits to why you should delay baby's first bath