Bathing your newborn, baby, or toddler can be a challenge. One hand has to keep hold of their wet, slippery, squirming bodies while the other one tries to sponge or wash them clean. And until they can sit up on their own, you have to support their heads and necks while you try to get everything else done. What’s a mom to do? Should you buy a special baby bathtub? Where do you put it, and how hot should the water be? Do you use baby soap and shampoo or just water? How do you wash your baby’s hair? What about the eyes and ears? These are some of the questions every mom asks when she first has to give her baby a bath.
Plus you know you can never leave them alone in the tub, but it’s easy to forget to bring the baby towel, diaper cream, or your child’s favorite toy. And then when you do leave something behind, you have to pick up your baby, wrap them in a towel again, and go back for what you missed. Ah, the aching back! (Hint: one way to go easy on our lumbar is to put the baby tub someplace up high so you don’t have to bend over so much.)
Don’t worry; we give you a checklist of everything you need for bath-time to make sure you get it right the first time and every time.
But when do you take your baby out of the baby tub and with you into the big tub? Is it safe? And what’s the right age to stop bathing with your child?
These are just some of the questions answered in Babble’s Complete Guide to Bathing.
This guide includes:
- A comprehensive list of everything you’ll need at bath-time (so you don’t have to go back)
- Our recommendations of the best and safest tubs and bath toys
- Detailed advice on when and how to bathe your newborn, baby, and toddler
- Everything you need to know about baby bath safety
- What baby soaps and baby shampoos to avoid
- What accessories you might want, like bath thermometers and hooded baby towels
Whether you’re a first-time expecting mom or an experienced veteran, you’ll find everything you need to know in this ultimate guide to child-bathing, brought to you by Babble.com.