Tips For Bathing Your Baby {Disney Baby Giveaway}


I remember giving my son his first bath like it was yesterday. It was the day after we came home from the hospital and I must admit that it was a little scary. Everything is new when you are a first time mom, there’s a lot to juggle and of course you want to keep your little one safe. My husband and my mom were both helping as I went through the steps the nurse showed us at the hospital. I will never forget how long it took and how relieved I was once I was done.

Fast-forward to our second baby and I can say with certainty that practice makes perfect and bathing your baby gets easier! My second baby was born at home and I gave him a bath right after he was born, on my own. So don’t stress, I promise you will be a pro at bath time in no time.

This month Disney Baby has some great tips on how to protect and pamper your little one in the tub as well, 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, like this adorable Winnie the Pooh one, 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. Disney Baby has a great selection of these, featuring characters like Nemo and Friends. 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. These Finding Nemo wash cloths are the perfect way to keep baby fresh between bath times.

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 Winnie the Pooh Bathtime Wrap keeps baby feeling cozy and looking cute.

Bath time can so much fun! Enjoy the quality time with your little one and relax! Remember, practice makes perfect!


Win it: Disney Baby is offering one lucky Canadian reader the chance to win a Disney Baby gift pack with the following items:

  • Minnie 5-piece Clothing Set (0-3 months)
  • Winnie the Pooh Clip-on Rattle
  • Hydration Bottle

Enter to win via Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

Disclosure: I am a Disney Baby Mom Ambassador and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group; however all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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72 responses to “Tips For Bathing Your Baby {Disney Baby Giveaway}”

  1. Rachael M. — August 12, 2014 @ 8:06 am (#)

    Expecting our first in October! I’m already dreading bathtime. lol I think my favorite item is the hydration bottle.

  2. kristen visser — August 12, 2014 @ 8:08 am (#)

    my husband and i were so nervous with bathing our first that we only gave her a bath once a week. but once we started to get the hang of it, it became very easy and we became more confident in what we were doing. Try doing it together

  3. Alexa Cohen — August 12, 2014 @ 8:56 am (#)

    i love the outfit!

  4. Anne Taylor — August 12, 2014 @ 9:24 am (#)

    My daughter is expecting her first baby in March and I think what I’ll tell her about bathing her baby is that the baby will not break and to just have fun!

  5. Nicky J — August 12, 2014 @ 9:30 am (#)

    I like the outfit best

  6. Samantha — August 12, 2014 @ 9:40 am (#)

    When I had my first child they gave bath classes in the hospital before we went home and the easiest way to bath yur baby is use a basin filled with water, make sure to test it with your elbow, it should be neither hot or cold on your skin, cradle your baby in the football position, put your thumb and middle finger over each ear love and push them inward towards the opening of the ear, this will prevent any water getting in baby’s ear…

  7. Jennifer P. — August 12, 2014 @ 9:59 am (#)

    My bathtime tip for new parents is not to bathe your baby too often – it really dries out their skin. I was bathing my first baby daily and her skin was getting dry and rashy – my doctor told me to cut it back to only a couple of times a week, as this is all that is necessary.

  8. Angela Mitchell — August 12, 2014 @ 10:01 am (#)

    I bathed my babies when they were really little only when my husband could help me. It was safer, faster, and easier that way.

  9. amber Stankowski — August 12, 2014 @ 10:05 am (#)

    My best advice is to bath them in very little water and either do it in a tub inside the bath or just in the kitchen sink. Check tempeture with Ur wrist or elbow so u know it’s just right. Baby’s are very sentive to tempeture. Always have the towel ready when they come out they scream from any chill!

  10. Robyn Bellefleur — August 12, 2014 @ 10:57 am (#)

    Always check the water temperature with your wrist before putting the baby in the water.

  11. Monique L.S. — August 12, 2014 @ 11:15 am (#)

    Bring toys for distraction. This works for young babies and well as toddlers.

  12. Jonnie — August 12, 2014 @ 11:23 am (#)

    My tip is to make bath time a family event where both parents help. the extra set of hands can make things much easier and safer.

  13. anne stewart — August 12, 2014 @ 11:28 am (#)

    Keeping them warm is key–washcloth over body and hooded towels 🙂

  14. Kayla Gilbert — August 12, 2014 @ 12:16 pm (#)

    A great gift is a soft towel with a toy for bath time.

  15. nicky — August 12, 2014 @ 12:34 pm (#)

    the clip-on rattle is so cute!

  16. Bernice — August 12, 2014 @ 12:49 pm (#)

    my tip is to have everything you need ready before you put baby in the bath and make sure its not to hot or to cold

  17. ivy pluchinsky — August 12, 2014 @ 3:37 pm (#)

    bath toys work for a distraction

  18. Stephanie LaPlante — August 12, 2014 @ 5:39 pm (#)

    My favorite is definitely the outfit. Soooo cute!

  19. Silvia D — August 12, 2014 @ 6:07 pm (#)

    we used the kitchen sink lined with a soft towel at first.

  20. Maegan Morin — August 12, 2014 @ 7:31 pm (#)

    When your baby gets a little older and starts to splash but they still need the small baby bathtub to help them sit, place it in the bathtub. Then they can just go crazy.

  21. Carole Dube — August 12, 2014 @ 7:41 pm (#)

    Only bath baby every 2nd or 3rd day as it dry their skin. You can sponge batch in between.

  22. Dayna Wilson — August 12, 2014 @ 8:33 pm (#)

    Those little squirter toys are the WORST. So much grossness and mold grows in there. Take a glue gun and glue the hole shut.

  23. Alison K — August 12, 2014 @ 9:04 pm (#)

    my favourite item from the gift pack is the Hydration Bottle

  24. Tanis — August 13, 2014 @ 5:58 am (#)

    Have both mom and dad do bath time when baby is young!

  25. Anne Derkat — August 13, 2014 @ 8:35 am (#)

    Love the Minnie outfit. Adorable.

  26. lori b — August 13, 2014 @ 8:35 am (#)

    love the little outfit, adorable

  27. aarone m — August 13, 2014 @ 10:04 am (#)

    I like the outfit, it is very cute

  28. Holly Wright — August 13, 2014 @ 1:40 pm (#)

    My favourite item is the adorable Minnie outfit!

  29. Valerie Taylor Mabrey — August 13, 2014 @ 2:52 pm (#)

    As a grandma the minnie clothes set is adorable.
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  30. Sarah N. — August 13, 2014 @ 4:48 pm (#)

    I like the hydration bottle.

  31. lisa bolduc — August 13, 2014 @ 5:23 pm (#)

    they can be very squirmy. make sure you have everything you need within reach so u never leaver the baby alone

  32. Graeme — August 13, 2014 @ 6:57 pm (#)

    I like anything Disney!

  33. May — August 14, 2014 @ 2:04 pm (#)

    I like the Minnie 5-piece Clothing Set!

  34. Carol McCann — August 14, 2014 @ 2:21 pm (#)

    the minnie out fit is so adorable

  35. Jenny — August 14, 2014 @ 6:19 pm (#)

    Minnie 5-piece Clothing Set

  36. Kristine Ewald — August 14, 2014 @ 10:52 pm (#)

    Enjoy the time, use clean and natural soaps

  37. Amie — August 14, 2014 @ 11:43 pm (#)

    Always check the water , make sure its not to hot or cold !
    I love Minnie 🙂

  38. Winnie B — August 15, 2014 @ 8:52 am (#)

    make sure you have everything ready in the bathroom with you, fresh clothes, diapers, lotion, everything!

  39. maria — August 15, 2014 @ 11:07 am (#)

    I love the outfit!!

  40. Elaine R — August 15, 2014 @ 6:30 pm (#)

    The Minnie 5 piece outfit is really cute but I’m hoping there is a Mickey outfit for the little boys.

  41. Seth — August 16, 2014 @ 9:43 am (#)

    I’m not a parent just yet, but I like the outfit.

  42. holly o'gorman — August 16, 2014 @ 3:20 pm (#)

    Make sure the water isn’t too hot, have a towel sitting right beside the tub, as well as shampoo and everything else you need within arm’s reach.

  43. melanie borhi — August 16, 2014 @ 8:55 pm (#)

    I like the Minnie 5 piece clothing set

  44. Burcu — August 17, 2014 @ 4:55 pm (#)

    I love Minnie 5-piece Clothing Set (0-3 months). It would be an awesome gift

  45. amber y — August 17, 2014 @ 9:10 pm (#)

    My favourite item in the gift pack is the hat. Don’t know why but i love baby hats!!

  46. Anna W — August 18, 2014 @ 7:38 pm (#)

    My tip is to run a space heater in the bathroom for when the baby comes out of the bath. I did that so they were always warm while getting toweled off.

  47. jennifer wexler — August 18, 2014 @ 8:05 pm (#)

    make sure where ever you are bathing baby is nice and warm

  48. Monique Rizzo — August 18, 2014 @ 8:08 pm (#)

    My suggestion is to use lavender scented baby bath wash- it is soothing and calms baby. Easier for bedtime!!

  49. Susan Chester — August 18, 2014 @ 9:37 pm (#)

    My tip is to have a helper for the first couple of baths. Babies are slippery!

  50. angela m — August 19, 2014 @ 3:53 pm (#)

    My tip is to have everything out and ready for before during and after bath time.

  51. janna johnson — August 21, 2014 @ 3:19 pm (#)

    I love the outfit for my new niece!

  52. DARLENE W — August 23, 2014 @ 11:06 am (#)

    Start at baby’s head and then finish at baby’s feet

  53. Florence C — August 23, 2014 @ 3:20 pm (#)

    I love the pink outfit

  54. Angela Martini — August 23, 2014 @ 3:37 pm (#)

    I love the Disney outfit

  55. Toby — August 24, 2014 @ 12:11 pm (#)

    There’s no need to be scared. I remember being such a wreck, and now I chuckle looking back at it!

  56. kathy downey — August 24, 2014 @ 12:47 pm (#)

    I love the Minnie outfit…sweet

  57. Josie T. — August 26, 2014 @ 1:37 pm (#)

    The hydration bottle is my favourite item!

  58. Julie G. — August 28, 2014 @ 7:18 am (#)

    I think the clothing set is adorable.

  59. Brandee H — August 29, 2014 @ 10:08 am (#)

    I was soooo nervous about the temperature. I used my elbow but still worried. Once I had a bath thermometer I felt much better! That first picture is beautiful!!

  60. jessica c — September 3, 2014 @ 11:13 am (#)

    Love disney clothes!

  61. Sean M — September 4, 2014 @ 9:33 am (#)

    The Minne 3 piece clothing set is perfect

  62. Karen Drake — September 8, 2014 @ 6:14 am (#)

    My favorite item is the outfit, it is adorable.

  63. Kathy Luman — September 8, 2014 @ 4:50 pm (#)

    I always did a sponge bath until I felt comfortable putting in a baby tub.

  64. Lisa V. — September 10, 2014 @ 5:29 pm (#)

    It’s been a while, and such a while that I am going to have a granddaughter soon. My favorite is the 5 piece clothing set.

  65. Erica B. — September 11, 2014 @ 8:09 am (#)

    I’ve been told to keep the baby warm.

  66. Peggy Rydzewski — September 11, 2014 @ 1:52 pm (#)

    My advice is put a little bit of Vaseline on the babies eyebrows it helps from water getting into the eyes.

  67. Shirley Hicks — September 11, 2014 @ 10:06 pm (#)

    as the mother of 4 and grandmother of 7…best advice to remember is…they wont break..

  68. Justin — September 11, 2014 @ 11:42 pm (#)

    The outfit is super cute.

  69. Karen T Gonyea — September 12, 2014 @ 8:33 am (#)

    Have a helper !!

  70. susan smoaks — September 12, 2014 @ 12:01 pm (#)

    my bathtime tip is to stay alert and attentive do not leave the baby unattended for any reason at all ever!

  71. tina reynolds — September 12, 2014 @ 4:55 pm (#)

    My tip take your time and try and do it as a couple if possible its great bonding

  72. Jill Myrick — September 12, 2014 @ 8:06 pm (#)

    I always place a nice soft towel in the bottom of my baby’s bathtub so that it’s more comfortable and softer for them and less sliding and slippery for me.


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