Many hospitals are becoming more baby friendly, so they may delay the bath of your baby. Some hospitals, even after the first 24 hours won’t bathe them. Some do within the first few hours. I will say that the downside of bathing your baby too soon is breastfeeding. If you were going to be a breastfeeding mom, then I would delay as much as possible because you can be more effective with your breastfeeding. With the delayed bath. You as the patient can decide when your baby needs a bath. That is not a have to, more of a want to for you.