Bathtime funtime

I love bath times. Especially now my two are at an age where they can share a bath together. We splash and play with toys and sing silly songs. It also marks the start of our bedtime routine.

We’ve become a dab hand at it now, but I just wanted to take a moment to share some of our top tips and top buys for bathing a newborn. Mainly because when we started out it was again a trip to google and trying to remember what the woman at the NCT classes told us (which seemed a lifetime away!)

Sponge bathe a newborn

For the first week or so it’s best to give your baby sponge baths with a warm, damp washcloth or baby sponge. Focus on washing their face and hands, and thoroughly cleaning their bottom after a nappy change. This is known as top and tailing.

Bathing a baby in a bath tub

After the cord stump dries up, falls off, and the area heals, you can start giving your newborn a tub bath every few days. It’s easiest to use a small plastic baby bath filled with warm water instead of a standard tub or use a bath insert if you haven’t got a small baby bath. We have a bath thermometer to ensure the temperature is just right. this is a necessity!

Although some parents bathe their babies every day, until a baby is moving around and getting into messes, a bath isn’t really necessary more than three times a week. Once weaning starts at about 6 month then you can up this dependant on how messy they get. Bathing your baby too often can dry out their skin.

When you do bath your newborn, you may find it a little scary at first. Handling a wiggling, wet, and soapy little creature takes practice and confidence, so stay calm and maintain a good grip on them. Keep baths short for the start, don’t let the water get too cold, and make the experience fun. Some babies love baths (both of mine are pure water babies!) but others cry throughout their first few baths (this is normal – keep at it, it will get better!)

Our top bath buys:

Anglecare bath insert – We used this from 14 days up until baby could sit up in a bath seat.

BBCare® Baby Non-Slip Safety Bath Seat & Extra Long Bath Mat – This allows our 9 month old and 3 year old to bath together. We’ve been using it since our youngest could sit up unaided. 

Skip Hop Moby Waterfall Bath Rinser – great for washing baby and toddler hair without getting water in their eyes.

Skip Hop Moby Bath Mat – we use this when we just have our toddler in the bath so she doesn’t slip. 

Nuby Bath Thermometer and Clock, Turtle – As discussed this is our number 1 bath item. If the bath is too hot you risk scolding your baby. If its too cold then you risk a meltdown because baby is uncomfortable.

Farm animal bath toys – Our 3 year old loves these toys.

Childs Farm body and hair wash/ bubble bath/ conditioner/ baby moisturiser – We’ve been using the Childs Farm brand for a while now. Its great for sensitive skin and it smells amazing. The woman that set the company up did it to ensure that her children with skin conditions had something organic to use.

Hooded Towel(s) – We have the little tinkers brand. They are super cute and keep baby/toddler warm when getting out of the bath. The hood also helps getting hair dry quicker.

Tommee Tippee Healthcare kit – This kit includes a soft brush, clippers for tiny nails and a whole host of other post bath essentials.


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