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!
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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.