I know I’m putting up a bunch weekly lately but we are only on line 8!
This is a great time to, you know, SPOTLIGHT some PRODUCTS about bathtime, but it would also be great for STM+ to share your methods, tips, and techniques. There are so many other momentous things to plan for meticulously and you may then find yourself with a squirming 3-day old baby over a sink not entirely sure what to do!
So! Adorable baby towels and teensy washcloths? Soaps and shampoos that won't irritate that silky skin? Baby-holders/mini-baths for the bathtubs? Solutions for shower-only households? And looking ahead to older babies, what toys do you have in the bath with them? But more broadly, technique-oriented, how often do you really bathe a newborn? A 6-month old? A 1-year-old? Where do you do it (bath, separate baby bathtub, shower, sink)? How do you do it without that wriggly little peanut flinging themselves into the water? Do you get in there with them? Please share!
Re: Product spotlights: bath time
This is a VERY unpopular practice, but I have bathed my kids pretty much every day since the day they were born. When they were babies, they both spit up like crazy, and I can’t handle that smell. I always like my babies to smell fresh. Then, as once they started eating, and as toddlers, they get SO dirty. So, I’ve always bathed them, every night. Again, I know most people don’t advocate for this, but my kids have never had particularly sensitive skin, and we slather them in the Tubby Todd “all over ointment” (it’s the BEST), so their skin is nice and hydrated!
My other big thing is for newborns, I only used Mustela shampoo for the first few months and then the first few baths, also a scrubbie brush. We got rid of cradle cap right away with that and never had to deal with it again.
Agree on hooded towels. Ikea has some great ones that have lasted forever. We also use Honest co shampoo and body wash.
For showers, you can just take baby in with you and hold them. Once DD got a little older though, she was big mad about showers and is afraid of water in her face, so a bath is easier. We have a handheld head we use when she showers so she can control the water, otherwise she flips out. She's 5 though.
We love our 4Moms tub. It has a temp gauge on it that will beep if the water gets too hot. For infants you’ll need the sponge insert like @claireloSC referenced above. Only drawback is the size. It isn’t collapsible. We don’t have a ton of room in our kid bathroom and it fit fine between the vanity and the toilet. 99% of the time we just kept it in the bathtub. https://www.4moms.com/products/cleanwater-tub?variant=32183124623498&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIz9jJjMD87gIVy5yzCh2bVAn9EAQYASABEgIrnfD_BwE&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIz9jJjMD87gIVy5yzCh2bVAn9EAQYASABEgIrnfD_BwE
I love the Burt’s Bees baby wash as well as Aveno baby wash. Both worked great. The Burt’s Bees has the faintest honey smell that is lovely and not overpowering.
i honestly didn’t remember where we got our baby towels. They weren’t anything special. We did have a few animal personalized towels from PBK given to us as baby gifts that were really cute and super soft and thick. (That is now my go-to baby present.) I agree that hooded towels are a must. Also I would suggest buying a bunch of cheap white wash clothes. DS had a closed tear duct that required a lot of warm compresses. We went through so many a day, it was nice to always have a clean pile on hand.
Eta product link.
I like the idea of holding a baby in the shower. @claireloSC in your experience, was YD slippery when you did that? That's my only worry.
Again, tiny living 😅 we have a baby bath that my 4 year old still uses so I'll get an insert for that if needed, I just don't like kneeling on the floor to bathe baby.
I was REALLY afraid of the first bath - my PPA/PPOCD was out of control with DS and I was terrified he would slip under the water. I think it's one of those things that seems really terrifying and unfathomable until you actually do it. Then it's just like bathing a little doll.
+1 on hooded towels!
We did baths every 2-3 days for the first month-ish? Then started daily baths in the evening as part of our bedtime routine. Like @litzi-2 we didn’t use soap with every bath, just warm water and a washcloth. Now we use the Everyone 3-in-1 kids soap... lavender lullaby I think? We bathe the kids every night now but we wash their hair every few days.
My absolute favourite moisturizer for after bath is MooGoo, but I haven’t found it in Canada and I don’t want to pay shipping from Australia haha. But otherwise we’ve had good luck with some grocery store available unscented, sensitive skin types.