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What kind of soap are you using to wash baby?<br><br>
And, if you are hospital birthing, are you bringing your own soap? If so, what reason are you giving the hospital for refusing to use the supplied soap for baby?<br><br>
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I wouldn't bathe the baby at the hospital anyway. I use Nature's Baby lavendar body & hair shampoo. all natural and smells lovely.
 

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I would just use water if you really have to do a bath right after birth. New skin is sooooo sensitive and really doesn't need soap. As for refusing the hospital's soap, you don't have to give a reason--it's YOUR baby and you can do (or not do) what you want. Repeat this to yourself the whole time you're there.<br><br>
As for soaps, we like California Baby and Burt's Bees.
 

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Soap is really too harsh for a newborn's skin. Also, you'd be washing off the bacteria that should be there (that the baby came with) and exposing the tender skin to who knows what, and the smells that our bodies are wired to recognize as part of the bonding process. Also, the vernix is good for the baby's skin. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
A good quality food-grade oil is good for dealing with meconium (also, once baby is clean, coat the butt with the oil and the next meconium poop will be much easier to clean off.) Sweet almond oil is very nice for this, olive oil is find too.<br><br>
Water should be sufficient for rinsing the baby of extraneous birth fluids. But if you find you really need to use a bit of soap I recommend Dr. Bronner's mild unscented liquid soap.
 

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Thank you all!<br><br>
I just wanted reassurance that I wasn't nuts for not wanting nasty hospital soap all over my newborn's skin.
 

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I agree with the suggestion to use plain water. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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no soap needed!
 

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Postpartum, my ds and I bathed together in an herbal bath to expedite the healing process. You might be able to make it at home, bring it to the hospital with you and request them to use it. His cord fell off very quickly and healed very well. It included sea salt, uva ursi, comfrey leaf, shepherd's purse, calendula flowers, and garlic. I also used this mixture in a squirt bottle after the birth to heal my stitches when using the bathroom.
 
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