Baby bath time can be stressful (especially with a newborn), but it doesn’t have to be. When it comes time to give baby a bath, being prepared makes things go much smoother. Because once baby is in the tub, there’s no running out to grab something. So having all bath supplies ready and within arms reach makes bath time a little easier. I’ve made a list of baby bath essentials that have created a relaxing and fun bath time experience for us, so I wanted to share.
- Baby bath tub- There are many on the market. I got this 4 moms baby bath tub as a baby shower gift. It served it’s purpose but I was never sold on it. It has a water temp feature that I never put batteries in. It was cumbersome to bathe a newborn in because it offered minimal padding for slips and lacked head support. So I ended up going out and buying a cheapo, this The First Years Newborn to Toddler Tub was much more to my liking. The cushioned sling feature worked out great during the newborn stage. I must say, graduating from the baby tub to the big boy tub made things a lot easier.
- Space Heater- A friend gave me this idea and it was a great one! Babies get cold easily and this can make for an uncomfortable bath time environment. Not so much now, but when my baby was a newbie and in the winter time, I used a space heater in the bathroom and closed the doors a bit before bath time to get it warm and cozy in there. Works like a charm, highly recommend it! Of course you have to use caution with space heaters. We did a good bit of research and went with this Vornadobaby Sunny Nursery Heater. I also used my space heater in my diaper changing area. Turn it on when changing baby’s diaper or massaging with lotion and you’ve got a happy, comfy little.
- Wash cloths- I recommend soft terry wash cloths. I started with Aiden and Anais Muslin Fabric ones but they mildewed, which I hated because they were so cute! I recommend having a handful of these (3-5). I received a lot more but never use them.
- Hooded Towels- I like Aden and Anais Muslin Hooded Towels. They are soft, provide good coverage, and super cute. Spasilk also makes a nice quality, soft and sweet hooded towel. I recommend having 2-4 towels on hand. My little man is really good at peeing on the towel as soon as he gets out of the tub, in the wash it goes.
- Mild Bath Soap- I’m a big fan of Aveeno products so we use Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Bath with Lavender at night and Aveeno Baby Wash and Shampoo with Natural Oat Extract for daytime baths. They are gentle on baby’s skin and make good bubble baths.
- Rinse cup– any old cup will do to pour water over baby’s head and hair to get the soap out. One with a spout gives a more direct stream of water. They make rinse cups specifically for this but I just use a flexible cup from my kitchen.
- Lotion- I lotion up and massage my baby after all baths. Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion does the trick for us! It’s very mild, non-irritating, goes on light and smooth and dries quick. Has the sweet smell of baby too. It’s good stuff.
- Bath toys- These don’t come into play until around six months of age. When that time rolls around, they make bath time lots of fun! My son loves squirt bath toys. His favorites are this School of Fish in a boat and this set of Farm Bath Buddies.
- Bath toy holder- These are tricky, I’ve been through three different ones. I don’t recommend anything that tapes to the tub. We had the Boon Whale Pod which fell off with minimal pressure. I also tried a bath toy caddy or storage basket which in theory makes total sense but it got in the way of fun for us and was very distracting for baby. He kept trying to grab and pull up on it. We are now using this Munchkin Corner Bath Toy Organizer and I’ve been pleased with it.
- Bath books- I read a book with my baby during our baths. He loves it. His favorite is Sandra Boynton’s Bath Time. If you’ve kept up with my blog, you know that bath books are some of my favs for baby.
- Bath mat- A bath mat is essential when baby transitions to the big tub. I started by using towels in the bottom of the tub to give baby some traction and obviously that didn’t work well. So, I was on a mission to find a cushy bath mat that would stick to the tub floor, provide traction to reduce slips, and cushion falls/hits. These are hard to find! After a good amount of research, I went with this RubberMaid Cushioned Bath mat. It’s very cushy and I like it but it doesn’t stick well so I end up pushing twenty mini suction cups down with each bath, kind of annoying. This Munchkin Dandy Dots Bath mat gets decent reviews, may want to give it a try. Let me know if you find a good one!
- Bath spout cover– I just purchased this Skip Hop Bath Spout Cover. I honestly didn’t understand the hype around these and didn’t see the need until just recently. My baby is just now showing interest in the water source, reaching and grabbing for the spout and slipping and sliding toward it. So the time has come!
- Bath kneeling pad– It’s definitely a good idea to have some padding under your knees for bath time. Makes it more enjoyable and comfortable. I’ve been using two bath mats doubled up but I have my eye on this Aquatopia Easy Bath Kneeler.
- Baby tooth and gum cleaner– I use this Nuk fingertip brush and toothpaste on my little’s gums for now. As a speech therapist, oral care for baby is very important to me, post on that to come!
- Music!- play music to keep bath time light and fun
Bath time started out being a bit stressful for both mommy and baby but now it’s so much fun. It’s one of my favorite things to do with baby. And now that summer is here and sunscreen is practically a daily routine, bath time is happening much more and needs to be a pleasurable experience. It gets easier with practice too! Please let me know if you have any questions or other suggestions!