I was really nervous the first few times I gave my newborn a bath. I was scared of hurting him, and I just wasn’t sure what I was doing. But I learned quickly that it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. It easily has become a fun and relaxing routine for us. Here are some of my favorite products and tips for tackling bath time with your baby.
Each time before I bring Devon in for a bath, I like to get the bathroom prepped ahead of time. I start off with turning on the shower to warm up the room and getting it to a nice temperature. The steam helps keep the room warm especially when it is chilly out. I’ll have his hooded kimono towel laid out for him, and his bath products lined up. You want to be prepared and not waste any time looking for your bath essentials. You don’t want to keep your baby in the bath too long in case they start to get cold.
I love the Boon Soak 3-Stage Bathtub, it’s a safe way to bathe your baby and there’s an adjustable bump that grows with them. We started using the tub on the bathroom sink counter when Devon was a newborn. The non-slip foam is great for squirmy babies to rest on while holding them in place. It worked better than laying down a towel to keep them from sliding, and less of a mess. The drain plug changes color from dark gray to light gray to show the change in temperature of the water.
When Devon started to sit up, we transitioned the Boon tub to our bathtub. We adjusted the bump so he was less reclined, but still safely able to sit up. One of my favorite reasons to use the Boon tub is because of how efficient it is, you save more water by not having to fill up your bathtub. The Boon tub is self-contained and holds as much water as you need to clean your baby.
giggle’s organic Frog Wash Mitt makes such a fun bathtime addition. It fills multiple roles by keeping your baby entertained as a puppet, while also washing your baby. I always keep a washcloth his chest, to keep him warm. One of my biggest bath challenges was finding all the nooks and crannies my baby hid from me, it took me several months to discover all the spots where my baby smelled! Under the neck was our biggest offender. Before infants learn neck control, the folds of their neck trap a lot of moisture from milk, sweat, and lint. The armpits were the next thing I discovered can get really smelly too. It sounds cliche but you really do have to clean behind their ears. Sometimes milk drips behind their ears when cradled during feedings. Don’t forget to clean in-between their cute little chubby rolls. I always use giggle shampoo & body wash to keep him smelling fresh, it’s organic and lightly scented.