When you have a baby that doesn't mind a bath, it is gold. It is such a special time.
In all honesty I was frightened of washing my little girl when she was a newborn. She was just so fragile. I was convinced that I was going to break her. But, like the midwife told me, they are pretty resilient. And as time went on baby bathtime became one of my favourite things to do with her. One of our favourite things to do.
There are so many different options for baths these days, you can choose whatever suits your space - there is the traditional white tub, the fold away, the in sink, the bucket variety, the blow up. I mean they have one for every situation, regardless of space. And it you have a bath you can put them onto a seat or simply hold them if it's comfortable for you. There are also stands to place the baths onto if you have the floor space, or fold away varieties if you don't.
Baby bathtime equipment
Be realistic about the space you have and the existing set up. Test what will be the most comfortable for you - use a clothes hamper or bucket to physically move it around. As long as baby is warm and safe there are no other rules. (Well, you back is important as well, so consider your own physical well being!)
Consider where you want to bathe the baby i.e. in which room and then decided on the set up. Some people choose to bathe in the bedroom and keep the baby in the one temperature and in the same place; others are on the dining room table, and others in the bathroom. No rules.
Based on the above decision, the rest will fall into place:
- the type of bath you need
- which seat fits the bath you get
- which stand fits the bath your get (if required)
As time goes on you will be tempted to get the bath seat which locks a seated baby into place, which we do not see as a necessity. Once baby can sit don't lock them it - it's part of the joy of the bath.
Our rule - keep it simple. As baby gets older they will want more things in the bath but at the beginning it will be pretty basic.
In the bath we prefer organic products - you don't need a lot and it lasts for ages so invest in something good. We have a few posts on skincare and babycare that you can check out for more product specific information.
- baby bath and/or lavender oil
- baby wash and shampoo
- organic sponge or face washer
The face washer is a must. When baby first arrives, it may feel strange in the bath and may not like it. Aside from remaining very calm and enjoying the experience yourself, you can put a warm face washer on the baby's tummy during the bath so that he is covered. He will feel comfort and warmth and hopefully enjoy the experience. Personally, I did this for at least for the 3 or 4 months.
The other must is a hooded towel. It makes it so easy to get bubs rugged up after the bath. If you are handy with a sewing machine there are lots of tutorials on Pinterest or you could simply buy one. Whichever option go for a larger towel. They grow quickly and if you buy a good one you want it to last a while.
As baby gets older you will want to introduce toys - don't go for anything with holes in the bottom that can develop fungus. (Or if you do, replace it often). And go for non-toxic toys such as Boon. It's worth the extra penny. They last for a long time. And they look great. Their bath toy holders are very cute.
Baby bathtime safety first
- NEVER leave baby unattended in a bath
- Don’t leave water in buckets or baths
- Use a nonslip mat in the bath and around the bath
- NEVER poor water into a bath while baby is inside
- Always make sure the bath is on a stable surface
- Make sure you have everything in arms reach – bathing products and towels primarily