Of all the unrealistic things that happen in the movies, the depiction of births is the one that began to really bug me once I had my daughter. It's almost always overly dramatic, with tons of screaming and cursing. But then it's over in about 45 seconds and the baby magically emerges all clean and shining. In real life, your baby is a gooey mess covered in fluids from your womb and will retain them until they are washed. And, as a mom-to-be, there are a few main things that happen when the hospital bathes your baby. One of which has some parents choosing to delay the first bath.
Parents noted that your baby is covered in a thick white layer of vernix when they are in the womb. This substance has a lot of benefits, including acting as a lubricant for birth, helping to keep the baby warm, and moisturizing the skin. According to Teen Vogue, some moms and dads want to keep those benefits for as long as possible, so they're opting to wait on bathing.
Whether you decide your baby's first bath should be sooner or later, let the hospital know your wishes. If you do give the okay, here a few things to keep in mind.