2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 11:16
When a baby is born, he is first cleaned summarily until the time of his first bath. This bath is useful for parent training purposes, but here are 5 reasons to give it as late as possible.
Babies have natural protection
You may notice a whitish substance that looks a bit like wax on your newborn baby's skin. This substance is called vernix caseosa and protects baby's skin while he slowly builds his immune system. Studies have shown that vernix has antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It would be a shame to remove it too quickly.
Your baby wants to be close to you
It is already very trying for a little baby to see the light of day for the first time, to breathe and to wonder what is happening to him. We can leave him with his mom for a little while before confronting him with another novelty far from her!
A baby's temperature is unstable
For a while, babies cannot retain their body heat. The place where their body temperature is ideal is on the belly of their mother who warms themlike she just did for months, but we also compensate by covering it up. It is for this reason that they are swaddled in a small blanket and put on a small cap. Adding a bath quickly into this whole temperature equation would only make things worse.
Smells matter a lot
During his first hours of life, a baby is mainly guided by his sense of smell. The smell of his mother, the smell of amniotic fluid and his own smell are his first guides that help him understand where he is and what he is supposed to do. Bathing his mother or bathing him could prevent him from regaining his olfactory cues, stress him out and impair his reflex to crawl for his mother's milk.
A bath with the parentsSince you have to end up washing yourself, maybe it would be ideal to take a first bath with mom or dad. The skin-to-skin contact will be comforting and reassuring, and it will be a wonderful moment to share.
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