Whether a full bath is okay with a cord stump or not is really a matter of which ped/dr/nurse you talk to. Some of them say it's fine to begin immersing the baby from Day 1... others say to wait until the cord falls off. So you have half the people doing one and half the people doing the other, and no one has any problem. Go with your gut; I think it's fine if you want to give your baby a full bath at this point (also note that newborns don't need daily baths.) Just make sure that the area is allowed to completely air dry!
The main reason to not get the cord stump wet is that the more often it's wet, the longer it takes to separate from the baby, which is not really a concern for you at this point.
at 4:19 PM on Apr. 7, 2009