My bath-time tips!
Most babies love water after spending 9 months in the womb floating in amniotic fluid it’s a more familiar feeling to them as newborns. What babies don’t like is feeling cold! When it comes to bath time in our house I bath my two every second night as I believe too much bathing is not good for young skin. Every household is different and some people bathe their children everyday as part of their routine.
For my first little fella I had a standard baby bath which I used for the first 6 months then we moved onto the swivel bath seat. This time round I bought home the Stokke Flexi Bath because I used the baby bath as a washing basket for almost two years where I ended up hating having the baby bath in the back kitchen it was just so big and took up so much room and at this stage is was only ready for the bin!
The first thing I love about the Stokke Flexi bath is how it folds so neatly away into a press. I bought home the Stokke newborn insert and it’s fantastic. As a newborn she sat so snug into it and it supports her so well. I was so much more confident in bathing her than I was with my first but in saying that I now have “help”. Having a three year old “help” is not the easiest thing when bathing a newborn baby but with the newborn support I had a free hand to make sure he was being gentle and I was able to guide him. Once he was able to “help” for a few minutes he then ran off to play with his toys!!! The attention span of a three year old is great 😉
The other must have for bathing baby is the apron towel. You put it on around you while your bathing baby or toddler then when it is time to life them out you scoop it up and wrap baby or toddler up in it. I always have a second towel to hand leaving the first wrapped around baby and the second to dry them!
I was able to use the newborn support for 7 months she just fitted so snug into it and by now she was able to sit up in the bath. Now that she’s able to support herself we have two different bath schedules. My little fella goes swimming on a Wednesday and he showers there so that means on a Wednesday night Bebhinn has her “special bath”. Which consists of me filling the Stokke Flexi Bath, bringing it into the living room and putting it in front of the stove. She sits in there happy out playing away. She’s now almost 10 months and has loads of room left.
The other bath nights I use the Safetly 1st swivel bath seat and she shares a bath with her big brother and gets to play with all of his bath toys as well. They get on so well (at the minute) and he loves having her around. He especially loves making waves in the bath which I’m not so sure about!!! The Safety 1 st swivel seat allows me to bath the two of them safely. I don’t know how I’d bath two smallies without it?
My tips for bathing a baby and toddler :-
– Key be prepared, gather cotton wool, sponge, towels, bath toys, creams, nappies, vest, new clothes.
– Have EVERYTHING to hand. Have it so that you don’t even have to turn around when baby is in the tub.
– Close all doors and try to have the room as warm as possible.
– Never put a baby or child into a bath while the water is running. Fill the bath first then place baby in.
– Always check the temperature of the water before putting baby in. If you don’t have a bath thermometer just use your elbow it should be warm NOT hot!
– I wash face first with cotton wool, body next leaving the hair until last.
– Make bath-time fun. A plastic cup with water pouring out creates a waterfall, pouring water from one plastic cup to another and squeezing a sponge so the water drains out all helps to keep babies entertained while bathing.
– When wetting the hair say 1,2,3 go if you say this every time baby will learn to understand what happens next.
This is what works for me I’d love to hear some tips that work for you 🙂
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