Baby's First Bath

baby's first bath

One of the key differences in having a baby here in Florida as opposed to our experience in England is that over here, Daniel got his very first bath when only a couple of hours old in the hospital. A nurse took him away and with a basin of water and some baby soap, she sponged him down thoroughly, wrapped him in a towel, and made sure he was clean. Dexter never got such treatment, and as a result, his hair was stiff with blood and other fluids for a solid week after we brought him home.

hospital bath
Sponged down by the nurse in the hospital

I’ll be honest, though – part of me was a bit frustrated that we weren’t given the option to wash him ourselves. It seemed like it should be something the parents are given a chance to do for their child. But I guess in the end, it’s not a huge deal because it was more of a glorified sponge bath than a proper immersion.

As such, and as was the case with Dexter, Baby Daniel’s first official bath was given to him by his excited Daddy and Grandma in the kitchen sink.

shampoo baby

I knew how much it meant to Mark to be the one to give the first bath, and while we had to wait several days for the umbilical cord to fall off, I promised him over and over that I would let him be the one to do it. Since I get to feed the baby, it feels right that Mark should get to take care of him in a very personal way. Changing diapers and clothing isn’t really enough to form that extra bond, but holding your naked infant son in a warm bath while cleansing his body of all impurities might just be.

admiring baby in bath

And maybe it’s just the hormones that run through me at all times, but seeing the love and admiration on his face as he locked eyes with his son made me love that man all the more. Mark truly is an INVOLVED daddy, always wanting to be a part of things. Even as I may be laying on the couch cuddling our little guy, I notice the longing glances being thrown my way before he finally speaks up and asks tentatively, “Can I hold Daniel?”

My heart melts with love. For all of them really. Because I can see how much he wants to be a good father, and it brings me utter joy. My boys have the best daddy in the world.

towel dry

Finally, bath time ended, and grandma got the honor of drying the baby off, while daddy emptied the sink. We don’t have any baby towels, so Daniel was wrapped up in Dexter’s monkey bath towel and swaddled up while I picked out an outfit.

cuddles

As grandma took the opportunity for a few close cuddles, I readied a small area where I could lotion him up, put on his diaper and get him dressed. (There are no pictures of that, though, because like most moms, I’m the only one who ever thinks to document these things.)

In the end, after such a wonderful experience, Daniel was worn out. Warm and clean in his cradle, he slept solidly for about four hours afterward and it made us all feel good about the parts we played in this particular milestone.

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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.

20 Responses

  1. These are so precious. I just had a baby boy too πŸ™‚ He is about to be four months old. Both my children were born at Winnie Palmer Hospital in Downtown and they got baths really quickly too after their births. I didn’t know the UK did it differently over there. But your little guy is so precious

    1. Aw, congrats on your little boy. My friend had her baby at Winnie Palmer, as well. πŸ™‚

      I don’t know if it’s done that way in all of the UK, but for us, it was definitely a big culture shock. There was almost no aftercare at all!

  2. These are so precious. I just had a baby boy too πŸ™‚ He is about to be four months old. Both my children were born at Winnie Palmer Hospital in Downtown and they got baths really quickly too after their births. I didn’t know the UK did it differently over there. But your little guy is so precious

    1. Aw, congrats on your little boy. My friend had her baby at Winnie Palmer, as well. πŸ™‚

      I don’t know if it’s done that way in all of the UK, but for us, it was definitely a big culture shock. There was almost no aftercare at all!

  3. Aw, so adorable! I don’t know who looks happier, hubby or grandma! Congrats!

    Found you via the Linkin with the Ladies Blog Hop and now following you on your Facebook page. πŸ™‚

  4. Aw, so adorable! I don’t know who looks happier, hubby or grandma! Congrats!

    Found you via the Linkin with the Ladies Blog Hop and now following you on your Facebook page. πŸ™‚

  5. So cute and so fragile!

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  6. So cute and so fragile!

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  7. So glad you took the pics. Those memories are forever in your hearts and grandmas but with the pics, when he gets older he can see just how much he was truly loved and wanted from the very beginning. That is such a self confidence boost in children! Just visiting from http://www.feelingtheemptynest.blogspot.com and I hope you have a great day!

  8. So glad you took the pics. Those memories are forever in your hearts and grandmas but with the pics, when he gets older he can see just how much he was truly loved and wanted from the very beginning. That is such a self confidence boost in children! Just visiting from http://www.feelingtheemptynest.blogspot.com and I hope you have a great day!

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