If you were to ask me, I would readily admit that I didn’t plan on taking showers with my daughter. I planned on giving her baths in her baby bathtub. That’s why we registered for, and got, this super sweet one from 4Moms. But guess what? She hated being in the tub. In fact, she hated ALL the baby bathtubs (and we ended up owning three)!
Erik and I take showers in our Master Bathroom which has a walk-in shower with glass walls. Every morning (okay, who am I kidding? It was more like 3:00 in the afternoon while I was maternity leave), I would lay J down on her Boppy Lounger and have her recline there outside the shower and watch me. And guess what? She hated it. And she would cry and cry and cry the whole time I was taking a shower, and it felt like my heart was being ripped out of my chest.
So then one day, I just had the thought, What if I held her while I took a shower? So I tried it, and guess what? She loved it! No tears.
Ever since then, that’s how J gets all her baths. In my experience, this is what you need to do to safely bathe with your baby (I say bathe because the same rules apply for baths, bubble and otherwise):
1.) Make sure that you have a safe landing area ready for your baby when you are done. Do this before you start the water. We used to take J’s lounger and cover it with a hooded towel, and viola! a safe place to lay a naked baby.
2.) Place your landing area somewhere near your shower or tub. Near your shower or tub. Not in your shower or tub.
3.) Remove your clothes before picking up your baby. Don’t try to do it while holding your baby.
4.) Use a water temperature gauge to make sure the water is at an appropriate heat level before entering the shower or tub. This gauge is the one we use and love.
5.) Next, carry your baby into the shower. If you are taking a bath, sit down in the tub before picking up your infant.
6.) Bathe your little one first. Soapy babies are slippery, so make sure you have a good hold on them. We have found using a baby wash that comes in a pump dispenser to be critical. It cuts down the time when I am not holding J with both hands to just a second or two.
7.) Put your baby down before you start bathing yourself. I know you can multi-task. I know you are good at it. Now is not the time to prove it. You promise? Okay, thanks!
8.) Finally, remove yourself from the shower or tub and towel off before once again picking up your baby.
There you have it. Taking a shower or bath is a great bonding experience for you and your baby, and it can be done safely if you are slow and careful.
I want to hear from you! What do you think? Have you ever taken a bath or shower with your baby?
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