Does your little one hate bath times? Bath time can be a stressful experience for some babies. Tears at bath times can happen for any number of reasons; from getting cold when they get out of the bath to the feeling of wrinkly fingers and toes. Bathing your newborn for the very first time can be a very scary time for you too. But don’t worry, bath times will soon become a fun experience that you’ll both look forward to.
Bath time is the perfect time to bond with your baby. Whether you’re a mummy-to-be or you have a little one that just won’t settle at bath times, these tips will help you turn tears into giggles.
A happy bath time is a happy baby.
1. Have everything you need ready
When it comes to bathing a newborn, organisation is key. You will want to have everything you need at the ready. Having the soap, sponge and towel to hand will make bath times less stressful for both you and your baby.
Babies don’t like being cold. So make sure their clothes are laid out and ready to go. The quicker your little one is wrapped up warm, the happier they will be.
2. Keep bath times short and sweet
Bath times might not be your newborn’s favourite thing. During the newborn stage, it’s best to keep bath times short and sweet. If their bath time only lasts a matter of minutes, that’s okay. The longer, fun-filled bath times will come in time when they feel more comfortable in the water.
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3. Always check the bath temperature
You must always check the temperature of the water before you put your baby in the bath. The bath water should be lukewarm; you don’t want it to be too cold or too hot. Your baby’s bath should be around 37-38°C degrees, which is enough to keep them warm without the risk of scalding them.
Use your wrist or your elbow to test the temperature of your baby’s bath water. Your skin on these areas is sensitive enough that it should give you a good indication of whether the water is too hot or too cold. If in doubt, you can always use a thermometer to ensure you get the temperature just right.
4. Bathing aids can offer support
Nervous babies may find comfort in a bathing aid
. Bath supports can help your little one feel more relaxed in the bathtub. They are designed to keep your baby safe and fully supported, while also allowing them the freedom to move.
Bath supports quickly warm up to the temperature of the water to avoid any unnecessary tears. Recommended for newborns to 6 months, bath supports let you focus on making your little one smile while keeping them perfectly safe.
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5. Lots and lots of bubbles
Who doesn’t like bubbles? No matter what age you are, bubbles are soothing and can help you relax. Bubbles are a great way to fill your baby’s bath time with smiles and laughter. Not only are they the key ingredient to a successful bath time, but they also turn bath time into playtime.
It’s best to introduce bubbles to your baby’s bath when they are around six months old. Babies can develop allergies and skin conditions within the first few months of their life. Try to avoid using bath wash and shampoo with harsh chemicals, as newborns and young infants can have very sensitive skin.
As your baby gets older, bubbles will become a part of their storytelling in the bathtub. From bubble beards to bubble hats, encouraging and engaging in your baby’s playtime will help with their development. It’s also the perfect excuse to be a big kid again!
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6. Inspire imagination with bath toys
Babies love bath toys! And not just rubber duckies either. With many varieties of bath toys available, your little one will soon learn to love bath times. From stacking cups to bath crayons, your baby will be so distracted by their bath toys they’ll think they’re having an adventure.
are a great chance for you to get involved too. Playing with your baby in the bathtub will help strengthen your bond, turning what was once a stressful experience into your favourite time of day.
If you’re worried about your baby’s bath toys developing a build-up of mould, anti-mildew bath toys are a great solution. Look for toys that are BPA, PVC and phthalate-free. Not only are they mould resistant, but they are also non-toxic and are safer for your little one. Keep your baby’s bath toys organised in a drying bag so they can air dry.
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7. Create a routine and stick to it
Babies can often be unpredictable. Establishing a routine can help your baby get used to having a bath every day. Try to bathe your little one at a similar time each day and get them used to winding down ready for bedtime.
Although some days you probably won’t get time to bathe yourself, creating a routine can have a reassuring effect on your baby. Stick with it - you’re doing a great job!
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8. Turn bath time into bonding time
Reassuring your baby can have a huge impact on their bathing experience. Newborns can find bath times especially stressful, but hearing a calming and encouraging voice can help them to relax. Interacting with your baby throughout their bath time will help them learn that it’s something to look forward to.
Hearing your voice will help your little one if they are feeling anxious in the bathtub. Talk, make silly noises and even sing to them. It will reassure your baby that they are perfectly safe. Your baby will soon learn to love bath times.
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9. Join your baby in the bathtub
If all else fails, try co-bathing. Joining your baby in the bath will help calm them and reassure them that they are safe. Babies love being held, especially by their mummy. Being held by their mum in the bath where it’s nice and warm will make bath times less distressing for the both of you. Once your little one is happy being in the water, you can put them in their own bath.
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