For years, newborn babies have received their very first bath within just hours of being born. But a new Cleveland Clinic study shows that holding off ― for at least 12 hours ― can be beneficial for baby.

“We wanted to conduct research on this topic because more mothers were asking us not to bathe their baby right away,” says mother/baby nursing professional development specialist Heather DiCioccio, DNP, RNC-MNN, who led the study.

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