I’m a New Mum & Refuse To Give My Baby a Bath For a Month – I Wouldn’t Let Nurses Wipe Him Down, People Think It’s Gross
THE first nappy change. Their first feed. The first time they fall asleep in your arms. It might sound like we're stating the obvious but your baby whizzes through a LOT of important milestones in the first few hours of their life.
Although your newborn's first bath is something most parents tick off the list when they're still in the hospital, Shahnta Hoare has decided to take a different approach with her new baby Ozzy. Earlier this week, the mum-of-four revealed why she's refused to give her youngest three sons baths for the first four weeks of their lives. On top of this, she even specifically asked the midwives NOT to wipe Ozzy down after he was born so that the Vernix caseosa - the substance which covers a baby's skin in the womb - could sink in. Speaking in a viral TikTok video, Shahnta explained: "So we actually don't give baths for like the first month. "Jaxon [Shahnta's eldest] had his first bath in the hospital as I didn't advocate for myself. "Unfortunately, the twins and Jaxon got wiped off but Ozzy did not get wiped of anything. "What [he was born with] stayed on him until it naturally came off." Describing how the substance is "super super moisturising and oily", the mum recalled how Ozzy had Vernix in his neck creases, ears, fingers and around his toes too. She continued: "I know it might be gross to some. "But when it's your own baby, you're like 'this stuff is so good! "He won't get his first bath for many more weeks." What's more, the NHS recommends that Vernix should "always be left on the skin." "It's a natural moisturiser that also protects against infection in the first few days," the website reads. "It's best to bath your baby with plain water only for at least the first month." Unsurprisingly, Shahnta's video caused quite a debate among viewers in the comments. Jumping to her defence, a third wrote: "The smell is insane. I was addicted to it. Didn’t bathe my babies until they were all a month old." "I’m a student midwife and what you are saying is what we do and recommend," a fourth said. "Even the gunkiest babies look super clean by like 2 hours postpartum!"