Baby’s First Bath

I just wanted to share this because our family has a tradition of daddy giving the first bath to our new babies. This time around, the first bath was given in the hospital when Chester was just one day old.

The night before, the nurses kept coming and asking if I wanted them to bathe the baby. He was still covered in vernix and blood, and to be honest he really needed it. But knowing how much it means to my husband to be the first to wash his sons, I sent them away and insisted on waiting until Mark could be there to be part of it.

When the next day rolled around, we had problems with Chester’s blood sugar, so we had to wait all day long for him to be strong enough to actually GET the bath. Eventually it was nearly time for Mark to take the boys back home when we finally were told a nurse was free to assist. After first checking his sugars one last time, they got to work.

The nurse was lovely, letting Mark do the “heavy lifting” while she basically directed him. A hospital bath is a lot different than a home bath, obviously, so this was a new experience for my guy. But as you can see in the video, this proud papa was just so happy to do this small act of cleaning his newborn child.

Me and the older boys watched from outside as daddy carefully cleaned and groomed baby Chester, and I answered lots of questions from Dex about umbilical cords, where babies come from and why we didn’t just dunk him in a bathtub. Dan, for his part, was just enthralled as he watched the whole process. The various nurses and visitors who were walking by all marveled at how well behaved the boys were, and we had lots of comments about how sweet it was to watch a father taking a hands on approach with a new baby.

Of course, that’s just Mark. He’s always been hands on. I am very grateful to him for being such a dedicated daddy.

Anyway, no photos this time around but a perfect video that I hope you will enjoy.


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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

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