Baby’s bath time can be a great time for bonding, and even the fussiest baby can take pleasure in the experience. As your baby grows from an infant bath to the grown-up tub, What the Stuff reviews all the products you’ll need to keep your baby safe, comfortable, and content while washing off the dirt.
Many items are available to make bathing a safe, fun experience. Here are some of the items you may think about investing in to make baby’s bath time enjoyable:
- Infant Tub: Until your baby’s umbilical cord stump falls off and heals, you should not give your baby a full bath. During this time you should use a warm, wet washcloth just to cleanse the baby’s skin. After that (at about 10 days old), you can usually bathe your baby in an infant tub. These mini-tubs come in heavy-duty plastic and allow your baby to recline in the bath without squirming away – many times these mini-tubs even fit in your kitchen sink. Look for a tub with a slip-resistant seat and a contoured shape. Other features you may find on baby bathtubs include an area for soaps and washcloths, collapsibility for easy storage and handles for carrying. As with any young child, always test the water temperature to be sure it’s not too hot, and never leave your child unattended for even one second while in the water.
- Bath Seat/Inflatable Bath: Bath seats and inflatable baths are best for babies who are able to sit up on their own (generally around 6 – 7 months old). The suction cups of bath seats attach to the bottom of the bathtub and help keep your baby in sitting position. Inflatable tubs fit inside of bathtubs and allow baby additional comfort while not having to sit on the slick surface of the tub.
- Tub Toys: From bath books and instruments to car garages to the good old-fashioned rubber duckie, infants and kids love to play while they’re in the tub. Also, there are multiple products available to allow toys to dry after the bath, such as pods or nets that hold the toys and let them to drain.
- Spout Covers and Mats: These products help prevent bumps, slips, and falls while your child is in the tub.
- Skin Care/Body Products: Tending to your baby’s delicate skin is extremely important. Products are available in the following categories to keep you little one soft and smooth:
- Baby Shampoo and Soaps: Mild shampoos, soaps, and bubble baths help clean the skin without drying the baby out. Also, there are good-quality soaps and shampoos for sensitive skin.
- Ointments and Powders: Skin care items are important to have on hand to prevent irritation and diaper rash.
- Baby Wipes: Not only good for a diaper cleaning, but when a bathtub isn’t handy baby wipes can be used for wiping up drool, food, or any of the other little (or big) messes your baby may make.
- Towels and Washcloths: Keep your baby dry, clean and warm after a bath. Hooded towels, wraps, and robes are also available to keep your baby cute and cuddly.
- Thermometer: Use a thermometer or other temperature monitor before setting your child in the bathtub. Bath water should be between 90 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit to be safe (and warm).
This list is provided as a guide to items that are available to keep your child comfortable, safe, and happy while in the bath. Be sure to always ask your pediatrician if you have any questions with regard to safely bathing your baby!