Bath time, huh? Some babies find it very, very confronting. Others adore it. Luckily a bit of preparation can go a long way towards turning the former into the latter.
How to make baby bath time fun
If you’re too exhausted from night-feeds and meltdowns to remember what you might need to make baby bath time fun and stress-free, you’ll be pleased to know we have your back.
Not only have we done the thinking for you, we’ve prepared a helpful cheat sheet to make those tub encounters a whole lot less fraught. Gather your supplies and cheer up, because a less snotty, more smiley bath time experience is now at your fingertips.
Easy peasy, stress-free bath time kit
Baby bath – Sometimes the kitchen sink does the job, other times a conventional baby bath is the answer to your bath time dreams.
Bath ramp or bath seat – You don’t absolutely need this, but it can make things a lot easier when you’re handling a wriggly bub in a regular bath tub. The bath ramp/seat stops your baby from sliding or slipping under the water.
Baby shampoo – Choose a specially formulated baby shampoo – like Cetaphil Baby’s Gentle Wash and Shampoo to protect sensitive skin. It contains no parabens, mineral oils, colourants, animal origin ingredients or soap.
Bubble bath or baby bath wash – A bath wash made especially for babies is an easy alternative to wriggly bars of soap. Cetaphil Baby’s Moisturising Bath and Wash is a great choice and gentle enough to use daily.
Fluffy towels – At least one. Possibly two! Use one towel to pop your baby on, post bath and another to snuggle them in and dry them with.
Hooded towel – Substitute one of the many post-bath towels for a hooded towel and your kiddo will be snug as a bug in a rug, from top to toe!
Wash cloths – Gentle wash cloths or sponges make cleaning delicate skin a breeze.
Bath thermometer – So you can literally test the water before you pop your baby into the tub. Not vital, but useful.
Music – It can be nice to put on some relaxing music to set a gentle tone and help your baby slow down.
What products do I need for after bath time?
A change of clothes – For the baby, not you, although you may need some too!
Nappies and wipes – More than one, because accidents happen at the darnedest times.
Nappy bags – For used nappies.
Nappy change products – Whichever baby lotions you prefer (Cetaphil Baby’s Daily Lotion is a good one!). Be aware that baby powder is no longer recommended.
Spare towel within reach – Just in case things get super soggy.
And consider this…
Remember to keep your phone well away from the bath – in the next room, if possible. Not only is it a possible distraction, it might plonk into the bath and meet an expensive and sudsy end.
We wish you many happy, stress-free bath times with your bub. What are your best bath time tips for parents with little ones?
(This is a sponsored post for Cetaphil Baby)