weeAsked: What do I need to give my baby a bath?
One of the biggest parenting rites of passage is being able to handle bath time without having a meltdown. (We’re referring to you … not the baby.) So, when we asked you to share your bath time essentials, we weren’t surprised that one refreshingly honest answer was: “nerves of steel.” Luckily, having the right stuff makes the experience safer and more fun. Here’s a quick roundup of survey responses, plus a featured list:
- Rubber duckies have taken it up a notch – this one has an indicator that let’s you know if the water is too hot!
- There is a lot of love for whales: whale toys, whale spout covers, whale shaped tubs…
- A little cushioning for the knees goes a long way.
- Aveeno Baby, Mustela and California Baby are top picks for toiletries.
- Stacking and squirting toys are fun and functional.
- A simple trick to keep baby warm: place an extra washcloth over their belly and pour warm water over it frequently.
- Get your (rubber) ducks in a row before the bath. Many moms recommend having the lotion, diaper, comb, and PJs all set up so there is less chaos following a bath.
For more bath time inspiration, check out Judy’s list below:
1. Aveeno Baby Body Wash: It’s not expensive, and great for sensitive skin.
2. Carter’s Hooded Towels (and washcloths): These towels are easy to use, reasonably priced and get the job done.
3. PRIMO Eurobath: Great for small infants and when they get larger and can sit up. Plus it’s not heavy to move.
5. Kneeler: We had a great one that goes over the side of the tub and is non-slip.
6. Skip Hop Spout Cover: Now that my son is using the real tub, this is absolutely essential for safety.
7. BRICA Corner Bath Basket: This holds toys and really does hook on to the tile because the cups are movable to avoid seams.
8. Skip Hop Dunks Stacking Bath Toy: Just the right size, this set of three leaves one for me to use and at least one for my son to play with.