What a Baby B.A.T.H. Should Be

You have baby’s bath down pat. You have the perfect-sized tub, you know the water temperature should be tepid, you’re fully stocked with natural baby soap and you have at least five clean towels to wrap her like a pea in a pod. But bath time is not just about getting baby clean and smelling powder fresh.

Baby’s bath can be the best bonding time, which means these are moments you DO NOT want to miss. To keep your bundle full of joy, draw a bath that paints a lasting picture with these fun ideas that reveal what baby bath time really should be:

B – Bubbles of fun. With a few capfuls of bubble bath you’ll have a tub of suds. Use a bubble wand – or improvise with a clean fly swatter – to blow bubbles up and into the air. He’ll reach for the bubbles to pop as you reach for his belly to tickle. Inducing laughter and joy will help embed happy memories. On the other hand, baby’s sensitive skin and eyes are no laughing matter, which is why you’ll want to choose tear-free, chemical-free bubble formulas.

A – Aromatherapy-induced smiles. When baby is sleepy, she gets fussy. Soothe her with sweetly-scented baby shampoo and body wash. A baby soap smelling of chamomile will help calm and cajole her into a slumber. You can even add soft, instrumental music to help set the mood. When bath time is over, pat her dry and massage her arms and legs with lavender-infused baby oil. Then watch that frown turn upside down and those eyes drift into dreamland.

T – Toys for your tot. When your baby has graduated from the classic rubber ducky, look for waterproof playthings that move on their own or make noise. Need to clip baby’s nails? Does she have a hot-to-the-touch rash? Tub toys can help serve as a distraction while you tend to delicate areas and clean all of her nooks and crannies. Toys that squirt serve double duty when you use them to rinse off the soap suds. Simply squirt lukewarm water on top of baby’s head while using your free hand to shield her eyes.

H – Hugs and high-fives. With a few interactive toys, aromatic bubbles and your imagination, baby’s bath is sure to be a success. Once the cleaning and play time is over, hug your little one with all those soft towels you collected and wrap him in a fun animal-shaped robe to stay warm. Then, give yourself a high-five for a bath well done!

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