This actually may be the least of your battles. I mean it is just a bath.
my first dd didn't get one until she was almost 24 hours old and she was in the NICU. #2 was born at home and #3 was at the hospital but I had a great midwife who hand picked her nurses and so everything went off as if I was a princess whos every wish was catered too. So no bath was the smallest of my problems. Also it was the dead of winter, she had already been outside (didn't make it on time
)and was already having trouble maintaining her body temp so holding her under water was the last thing anyone wanted to do. Once my room warmed up and she had settled a bit (maybe the second day I gave her a bath because she was g etting smelly. They sent in a bowl, a wash cloth and a bottle od stinky soap (physoderm I believe. way to uch perfume for a newborn. way too much perfume period).
All this to add, no one even batted an eye at me not bathing her.
While madeline was in the NICU I saw them do the sink thing with a baby who had a total diaper blow out (where a baby that small found that much poop is beyond me) he totally loved it though. i must say, there was no scrubbing though, just bare tushie in warm water. who doesn't like that