Bath Time Essentials For Baby
Before you have a baby, you’ll likely be doing a lot of shopping to make sure you’re all prepared for your little one’s arrival! Once you’ve got all your baby’s sleep essentials, wardrobe, and diapers out of the way, don’t forget to purchase some bath time basics! Your baby will get her first bath in the hospital, but you’ll want to be prepared to bathe your baby at home too.
1. Bathtub Thermometer
You’ll want to keep your baby comfortable during bath time, without the water being too hot or too cold. The ideal water temperature should be just over 100 degrees. You can buy a water thermometer - they even make floating ones for baby baths! - to test the water before placing your baby in the tub.
2. Gentle Soap Or Shampoo
Baby skin is very sensitive, so be sure to pick a soap and shampoo that is gentle on her delicate skin. Choose soaps that are safe for baby’s skin: avoid fragrances, dyes, and harsh chemicals, and try to pick a “tear-free” variety that won’t hurt your baby’s eyes.
Babies don’t regulate their body temperature well, so you’ll want to keep your little one snug and warm by purchasing a quality hooded towel! The KeaBabies Bamboo Hooded Towel is luxuriously soft and ultra-absorbent, perfect for keeping your baby warm without irritating his delicate skin. The towel is large enough for newborns all the way to age 4-5!
4. A Baby Bathtub
There are so many varieties of tubs for babies. Some are designed to fit in the sink for easy newborn baths, some are made to sit on the counter, others are made to go into the regular bathtub, and others are seats for older babies who can sit independently. When picking a tub, you’ll want to pick one that’s portable and easy to clean. Think about where you’ll be bathing your baby - do you plan on using the sink, or is that too much of a hassle? Do you have a tub you can put a reclining baby bath rest in? Is it easier to buy a freestanding baby tub so you can take it from room to room?
5. Rinsing Cup
It’s tough to rinse a baby’s hair without spilling water into his eyes, so purchasing a baby rinse cup is helpful for new parents. There are soft silicone or hard plastic rinsing cups available online and in most stores, and you can also buy a head protector for your baby that looks like a headband, to protect water from falling onto his face while you rinse his hair.
Newborn skin is super sensitive, so you’ll want to use the softest materials only during bath time. Instead of harsh cotton towels or scratchy scrub brushes, use the KeaBabies Bamboo Wash Cloths to gently wash and clean your baby’s skin. Made with premium quality bamboo, and thick enough to hold a good lather, these washcloths are the ideal bath accessory for your little one.
7. Bath Toys
As your baby grows, she’ll soon love to play during bath time! There are so many fun bath toys to choose from, but you should try to purchase toys that are easy to clean. Mold and mildew can build up in bath toys, making them hazardous to your baby. Foam letters, cups and bowls, and floating toys are great for babies to play within the bath!
Clean your baby’s bath toys every few weeks with bleach and warm water solution, a vinegar and water solution, or other cleaning solution. Rinse the toys thoroughly, and let air dry.
Bathing your baby can be so much fun, so be sure to grab all the essentials before your little one’s arrival!
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Meet Our KeaMommy Contributor: Kaitlyn Torrez
I’m Kaitlyn Torrez, from the San Francisco Bay Area. I live with my husband and two children, Roman and Logan. I’m a former preschool teacher, currently enjoying being a stay at home mom. I love all things writing, coffee, and chocolate. In my free time, I enjoy reading, blogging, and working out.