At 8 days old, this was officially Liza's first bath. Hospital born babies get scrubbed down immediately but not our little girl. We let her vernix absorb naturally into her skin. It had protected her skin in utero for all those months, why strip her of it within minutes of entering the world? After dealing with a truly dirty toddler, she didn't seem to need a bath until she was over a week old and her neck creases started getting crusty and her hair had a definite oily sheen.
Henry's first bath was a horribly fearful experience for me and Hope had to take over because I was so stressed out about not bathing him properly. Let's just say that 2nd children are a much more relaxing experience. Sure, Liza wasn't a huge fan of her first bath but it was a fun for me to see her reaction and let Henry "help out".