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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Your bundle of joy finally arrives and quickly is put through all kinds of tests, including their first bath. But is all of this necessary?

Pediatrician Kathleen Berchelmann with St. Louis Children’s Hospital says it isn’t, and provides eight reasons why doctors recommend delaying a newborn’s first bath.

1. Reduced risk of infection
2. Stabilized infant blood sugar
3. Improved temperature control
4. Improved maternal-infant bonding
5. Improved breastfeeding
6. No baby lotion required
7. Everyone will wear gloves
8. Parents get to enjoy bathing their baby

Delayed bathing is not yet protocol at some hospitals, but you can still request it. Be sure to include your desire for delayed bathing in your birth plan. Don’t have a birth plan? You need one.