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How NOT to give a baby their first bath.

post #1 of 61
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I'm not sure if this is the right forum, but it seemed more fitting here than in LWAB (though I was torn).

Warning: I was very upset by this.
post #2 of 61
that made me cry, the poor baby
nothing like the beautiful bonding experience my childrens first baths were
post #3 of 61
:Puke





To quote Dr. Marsden Wagner: "If you really want a humanized birth, the best thing to do is get the hell out of the hospital."
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Originally Posted by jennyfah View Post
:Puke





To quote Dr. Marsden Wagner: "If you really want a humanized birth, the best thing to do is get the hell out of the hospital."

Great quote!

That bath looked so traumatizing The baby was so upset
post #5 of 61
I am stunned. Does anybody know what happened to this women? I had to shut it off. Absolutely horrible.
post #6 of 61
I can't even finished to watch this video. I still feel very guilty to had my DD in the hospital. They scrubbed her very hard, worse that the video. : We still crying for her, even now after almost 4 years later.Thankfully, DS born at home and his first bath (at 2 weeks old) was pure joy.
post #7 of 61
Sadness --- poor baby!
I recently gave birth to my baby girl in the hospital and was grateful for the wonderful nurses who took care of us. My hubby gave my baby girl her first bath and she never left our sides the entire time we were there.
post #8 of 61
That is exactly why my two hospital born babies where never in the nursery even for a second and not bathed there! The nurses looked at me like I had two heads when I said no bath we are fine we will take care of it. Poor little one.
post #9 of 61
Yikes!



In the hospital here, they bring a little tub of warm water to the mother's room to give the baby a gentle bath. I appreciated getting the blood and birth gunk off, and they didn't scrub overly hard so left a decent amount of vernix. Much better. Hospitals here have their faults, but I am grateful for the rooming in policy.
post #10 of 61
That poor baby.
post #11 of 61
I saw many comments on the YouTube page about why the parent didn't stop this....I had the same question??? WHY?? Why would you not stop it????? As awful as the fact is that these things go on behind our backs - there was someone VIDEOTAPING it????????
post #12 of 61
My guess is the dad was videotaping and didn't realize he had the "right" to stop them. I am always surprised to see that most dads (first timers especially) will not even touch their babies until the nurse gives permission. Of course I always jump in and tell them it is okay. It is like the baby is not really theirs in the hospital. And of course the nurses are the experts, what does a first time father know: (insert sarcasm here)
post #13 of 61
WOW. That is horrible. I did not allow the hospital staff to bathe my daughter, and thank goodness I didn't! I didn't think it could be *that* bad, but I wanted to give her a gentle sponge bath, later, by myself.

The only thing that sucks is my DD hates the sponge bath anyway. She cries like that even though I am extremely gentle and make sure the water is warm (not hot, not cold). She is a fussy baby in general, though.
post #14 of 61
can someone explain it to me? I can't get youtube b/c we have a fliter... but I'm dying to know all the huhbub is about!
post #15 of 61
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Originally Posted by HennyPenny View Post
can someone explain it to me? I can't get youtube b/c we have a fliter... but I'm dying to know all the huhbub is about!
It's an ameteur video of a nurse rinsing a naked newborn under a running faucet
post #16 of 61
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Originally Posted by filiadeluna View Post
The only thing that sucks is my DD hates the sponge bath anyway. She cries like that even though I am extremely gentle and make sure the water is warm (not hot, not cold). She is a fussy baby in general, though.
my daughter was the SAME way. turns out she is very sensory sensitive... so we learned some tricks - when the baby is in a baby bath, put a warm wet towel over the entire body. only uncover small parts at a time to wash. and don't use any sponges or clothes unless you have to. this helps us a lot. it didn't take away all the fussies, but it improved things.

after bath we did a lotion rub down. you can also do this BEFORE the baby. it helps prepare the skin nerves to receive a bath a lot better. it is also calming.

The other thing to consider - is once a baby gets used to crying/being upset over something it can take some de-conditioning time. so you may have ot try this several times before it would really work.
post #17 of 61
I watched exactly one second before turning it off.
post #18 of 61
That was so incredibly heart wrenching.
post #19 of 61
OMG I feel like crying and puking! I'm definately not going to let my baby be washed by the nurses (if I have a hospital birth!)
post #20 of 61
As awful as it is I am glad that its out there for people to watch because no one ever believes you when you tell them what can really happen.
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