That first bath is always extra special but at only 3 lbs at birth, Keira’s first bath was given as a bed bath by a nurse. The first bath I gave her was in a tiny tub in the level 3 NICU and I was carefully watched over and guided by a nurse. Fast forward nearly two years and I once again missed Ava‘s first bath because of one leg I couldn’t stand on after her birth. Instead my sister went and gave her that bath and documented it with fabulous pictures.
Of course the first bath in the hospital is a whole different ball game from the first bath at home. No matter how big or small, learning to bathe your new baby can be a little scary even for experienced parents – there’s a lot to juggle and of course you want to keep your little one safe. But as long you’re properly prepared, bath time can be a great bonding experience and a whole lot of fun! Disney Baby has some great tips on how to protect and pamper your little one in the tub, and some adorable products to help you to do it! From towels and toys to cleansers and creams, Disney Baby has you covered.
Tip #1: Start small
Your baby is little, so his bathtub should be too! When you start bathing a baby, it’s easier to do it in the sink, or using a small plastic tub. That way, you won’t have to kneel or lean awkwardly over the side of a big bath while keeping your baby upright. Some baby tubs feature built-in toys, ensuring that bath time is fun for everyone!
Tip #2: Get some tub toys
For older babies, the bath can be a great place to learn and explore. Once your little one has graduated to a big tub, introduce them to some squirt toys, fun floaties or sponges. Toys can keep your baby distracted and happy, helping make bath time a breeze.
Tip #3: Ditch the daily dips
Babies don’t need to bathe everyday – in fact, daily baths can dry out or damage your little one’s skin. It only takes two or three baths a week to ensure that baby stays squeaky-clean, as long as you stay vigilant about keeping face, hands and diaper area clean between washes.
Tip #4: Lock in that moisture
If your baby does have dry skin, rub on a little moisturizing lotion, cream or oil post bath. There are plenty of products out there that both you and your baby can use!
Tip #5: Keep baby warm
Wet babies can become easily chilled, so throughout bath time it’s important to keep your little one warm. Ensure that bath water is around 37 degrees and that the air in the bathroom is comfortably warm as well. After the bath, wrap baby up in a soft, clean towel and give him a little snuggle! A hooded towel keeps baby feeling cozy and looking cute.
What are your favourite tips for bathing a baby?
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!