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eliann's picture
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Bathing baby

So where will you bathe baby? Are you old fashioned and use the kitchen sink? Will you buy one of those puj styrofoam thingys? Or a plastic infant tub? Do you use the cloth sling things that come with those plastic tubs? I've read that they can fail in many of the reviews. If you do plan to use an infant tub, will you use it in the sink or in your bathroom bathtub? Do you get in the bathtub or sit to the side?

I have to say that thinking of bathing this little boy is one of the scariest things that comes to mind. I have one of those plastic infant tubs on my registry. I'm thinking about getting one of those puj tubs even though they are expensive and can't be used past the newborn stage. Also my new place is a 1930's duplex. The bathroom is one of those pastel tile jobs, with an arched tub shower opening and the tub is like 2 feet tall. So I'm thinking I will not be able to lean over, but I will have to sit inside there with him.

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Luckily you don't have to bathe a newborn to often, and yes I agree, it's scary cause they are slippery little things and usually don't enjoy bathtime at a young age. I have one of those bathtubs with the sling in them and thought it worked ok. I actually like to shower and hold them when they are little, it's a great bonding time. You will find what works for you I'm sure!

eliann's picture
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Hmm never thought to shower with him. I will have to see if that works. Seems like they'd be even more slippery. Haha. But I have thought to just sit in the bathtub with him, seems like it would be the best way.

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We used the sink at first (the first two weeks you really can't until the belly button heals) and we used a seat like this one Amazon.com: Summer Infant Mother's Touch Deluxe Baby Bather, Blue: Baby in the sink and then we moved it to the real tub in the same seat. She really just laid in it and we washed her when she was really little. We used the seat in her I'll pool on our porch too when it was really hot in the summer and she loved it

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We used the kitchen sink a lot at first. I just laid a bath towel in it to make it a little softer then used the sprayer to wet and rinse. (Our sink now is a large farm style without a divider. It will be even more perfect for a baby bath!)

I then got this thing:
Amazon.com: Summer Infant Comfy Bath Sponge: Baby

and laid it in the tub and put like an inch of water in the tub and used a cup to rinse with. I would just kneel on the outside of the tub.

I would also sometimes take a bath and hold him on my legs, then once he was done wrap him in a towel and place him on the above mentioned sponge next to the tub so I could finish.

DH started the showering first. I was always afraid I would drop him. Once I got brave and actually tried it, I loved doing it.

I never saw the point of an infant tub, just another thing to have to keep clean!

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*lurker*

I have found every baby is different, some love the tub (not mine, she screamed bloody murder) others prefer a sponge bath (again not mine, more bloody murder) and some like the the shower (this was mine it was the ONLY way to give her a bath for about 6 months).

I found a nice baby tub for this time around with a shower attachment, I wouldn't have bothered to purchase anything except I picked it up second hand through a consignment site, for $10 it's worth a shot (the tub, sling and "shower" can each be used individually so I figured I have a good shot at being able to use something)!

My advice is not to spend a ton of money, especially on something that has limited use. Try a few ways first and see what baby likes, once you get to know your baby and get comfortable doing things you can buy something else as needed.

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I had one of the tubs with the sling in it and it worked well. I would either get in with him or just lean over the tub to bathe him.

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"eliann" wrote:

Hmm never thought to shower with him. I will have to see if that works. Seems like they'd be even more slippery. Haha. But I have thought to just sit in the bathtub with him, seems like it would be the best way.

You could try one of these since it is kinda hard to hold them in the shower! Mine always seem to prefer a shower with me. I always needed DH ready to dry them off though.
Amazon.com: Medium Shower Sling: Baby

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I showered a lot with DS.. he still showers with me sometimes.. LOL He's getting too old for it but I love the bonding time, like Samantha said. My mother helped me give him his first bath. I just propped him up on my arm really and used the other arm/hand to do everything. But I know this time will be easier for me bc its baby #2. I do understand how scary it is especially with the first!

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I could never figure out the shower thing until T was old enough to be able to sit up on his own - I couldn't figure out how to hold him AND wash my hair (if I'm going to be in the shower, I may as well wash myself too, right?)

For the first 2-ish weeks, you'll need to give him sponge baths until the umbilical stump falls off. That's relatively easy, just lay down a towel on your kitchen counter next to your sink, cover the baby with another towel except the part that you're washing, and sponge them off from the water in the sink. I say "easy"; I found it nerve wracking when T was a newborn because he hated it and cried the whole time, but I pretty much found EVERYTHING nerve wracking when T was a newborn. LOL (As a side note, I am really looking forward to taking care of a tiny baby that I'm not scared to death of. Yay for second children!)

Other than sponge baths, I didn't like bathing T in the kitchen sink until he was big enough to sit up. Then, yes, that's the easiest. I always used the plastic stub with a newborn "hammock", and then when he got bigger I took the hammock out. He hated that too, FYI - He pretty much hated everything that had to do with being naked until he was about 2 months old. But that was the easiest for me (other than the wailing.) Lol

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Yup, sponge bath until the umbilical cord stump is gone. We did the sink a few times, then DH got brave and just did the shower with him until he was big enough to sit up in the tub alone and I was always just in the bathroom for when DH was ready to hand him off. I'd take him and dry and dress him while DH finished his shower. I personally was scared to death to shower with him because I was afraid i'd slip and fall while holding him, but I have a feeling that this time being a girl, i'll have to put my big girl panties on and do it. Haha!

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I never liked the kitchen sink because you have to find a tub that fits well in there, and the one I had just didn't fit and was huge.
With my first, I just bought one of those foam things (BRU had a bear one for like $5) and used that.
But with my second, I would often bath her w/ my other child so I wanted something more protective.
So I got a sling like this: Amazon.com: Summer Infant Mother's Touch Deluxe Baby Bather, Pink: Baby (same as Aimee, just in pink) and just used the bathtub. It was easier because everything was there already and there was space. Then when baby was old enough to sit up, I used this: Amazon.com: Juvenile Solutions Thermobaby Bath Ring - Blue with Green: Baby except mine has a part that goes over the side of the tub to keep it there.

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*lurker*

I wish I had kept my bath ring! Mine had the thing over the side of the tub too, it was great once DD1 was older. They are now illegal in Canada so I'm SOL to get a new one Sad

Yup I did say illegal - we here in the great white north take peoples stupidity to heart and will pass laws to protect others from more stupidity... parents left children UNATTENDED in the bath in them so the Canadian government decided to outlaw the (obviously flawed :rolleyes:) merchandise... sigh...

tori729's picture
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Yeah, I think I had heard something about a recall on them because of that. Since the reason was just for leaving them unattended, I didn't think I needed to get rid of mine. I'm not sure if they sell them new in the states; I got mine from a friend.

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Crystal LOL - that reminds me of the people who sued McDonalds because they got coffee and it was *hot* and they weren't warned. ITS COFFEE. Now all the coffee cups say WARNING - HOT LMAO

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Thanks for all the advice ladies.

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We used a plastic infant tub with a sling, although I think I only bathed DD a few times her first year of life. I mainly just wiped her off with a damp washrag or baby wipes rather than do an actual bath as she didn't enjoy it when she was little. When she was still in the sling, I would put the tub on the bathroom counter next to the sink and just pour a little warm water over her and once she got big enough to sit in the tub, I put it inside our tub and sat on the edge while I was bathing her. I never tried showering with her as I was afraid she would be too slippery and squirmy to hold onto.