Delaying Baby's First Bath

At St. Joseph Hospital, we are committed to ensuring that your baby has the best possible start in life. This is why we delay baby’s first bath until 12 hours after birth. Research shows that waiting until baby is 12 hours old has many health benefits, including:

  • Stabilizing body temperature.
  • Maintaining blood sugar.
  • Allowing time for the white waxy substance on their body (called Vernix) to be absorbed, which helps moisturize their skin and fight off bacteria.
  • Increasing baby’s chance of successfully breastfeeding, which allows time for family bonding.

We believe that a baby’s birth is an event to be cherished for a lifetime. This is why we pledge to provide your baby a healthy start to life in a safe and nurturing environment.