Rub a dub dub, baby is in the tub.
After about two weeks in his bowl, Baby C graduated to a baby tub. As with all things baby you can get some really flash tubs…ours was the most basic. One tip if you get one of these plastic tubs is to put a hand towel between the baby’s slippery back and the tub’s slippery sides…it provides a bit of extra grip and makes it a bit easier to handle your baby. Also, because obviously you can never leave your baby alone in the bath make sure you have everything you need before you begin. Everything you need includes wipes to wipe up anything nasty that might be in the diaper you are taking off, a washer or two, baby soap, baby shampoo, a towel or two, a new diaper, baby lotion and a clean outfit.
After about three months Baby C got too big for the baby tub…he could still physically fit in the tub but he was too big for me to hold with one hand. So now we are on to our bath sling seat. This thing is fantastic. I just put Baby C in it and while he splashes away I have both hands free to wash him, pass him the rubber duck or take a picture of him looking all cute with suds in his hair. Baby C loves the freedom of being unconstrained in the big tub and I love not having to man handle a wet, slippery twenty pound baby. This seat even has a little pocket at the back to store washers or a bath toy…although for Baby C washers are a bath toy.
In retrospect I think instead of going through three different baby bath options I would have just gotten this…wait for it…three-in-one seat. It has a sling for newborns, infants use the reclining seat and once the baby is able to sit they use the upright end.
So, to recap, you need some sort of baby bath. Which one is right for you depends a bit on what your bathroom set up is. When Baby C was bathing in his newborn bowl we actually just used our kitchen table as our bathing area. In our bathroom we have a shower stall and a separate tub. We put the baby bath in the shower stall…we have a hand held shower head that was handy for filling up the tub. The sling seat goes in the stand alone tub and I sit on a stool so I don’t have to kneel. And of course you also need washers and towels…the hooded ones are great, you need something to clean your baby with…I went with Gaia hair and body wash, and I also use Gaia body mosturizer after the bath because I like to give Baby C a little massage and because it smells amazing.
Baby C absolutely loves his bath. We now do it every evening before bed. He splashes up a storm, he gets a little relaxing massage, he gets put into his pjs, popped into a Grobag, he gets the boob and then zzzzzzzzzzz.