Bath time can mean a lot of crying — it can also be something you and your baby both enjoy.
If you can keep your baby warm before, during, and after his bath, you will significantly minimize crying.
In this post I’ll give you 10 of my best tips for keeping babies aged 0 to 6 months comfortable and happy throughout bath time.
Check out the list of all of my favorite bath time products at the end!
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Here are 10 tips (that really work!) to make bath time easier for babies.
Get the water temperature just right before undressing baby.
Less time naked in the cool air = less fussing!
If you’re doing a sink bath, run the faucet for a minute until the water is flowing at the desired temperature. If you’re doing a tub bath, make sure it’s ready to go.
The right temperature is key!
The wrong temperature is grounds for automatic crying. Make sure the water is comfortable.
It should be luke warm — not nearly as warm as you’d make your own bath.
Keep a warm wash cloth or burp cloth on baby’s belly throughout the bath.
FYI, we didn’t use actual burp cloths. We used these! Seriously, get a pack – they’re great.
Continuously pour warm water over him.
Babies, especially newborns, hate cold air.
This tip was the difference between Aden loving and hating his baths in the early weeks.
The nature of bath time changes as your baby changes so just go with it. Follow your baby’s lead!
As a newborn, Aden liked to fall asleep in the bath. At around 4 months, he wanted to splash. Then at 6 months, he was intently focused on eating his toes.
Don’t be afraid to switch from the sink to the bath tub.
We made the transition from sink bath to tub bath at around 3.5 months.
If you find that your baby isn’t enjoying bath time, switch it up.
Before submerging baby in the bath, wet his body first to get him acclimated.
We dip Aden’s feet in the tub and splash a little water on his legs and torso.
This tip is the difference between Aden screaming or not screaming at the start of bath time.
It REALLY helps to get things off on the right foot (no pun intended!)…
Use super soft wash cloths.
Initially, we were using actual terry cloth baby wash cloths. Aden would cry whenever we would wipe his face.
Eventually, I discovered that my new kitchen towels actually made the perfect wash cloths! They’re small and insanely soft.
Now I keep a stack just for bath time and it’s made the whole face-wiping thing much easier.
Your kneeling pad makes a great post-bath toweling spot.
It’s cushioned so it’s comfortable for baby, plus it gives your back a break.
I spread out Aden’s towel on the pad and then lie him down on top and wrap him up.
Make sure baby’s room is toasty when you bring him in after bath time.
Before I start Aden’s bath, I turn on a mini space heater in his room. By the time we come back in to get dressed, the room is nice and warm.
This makes a huge difference in the amount of post-bath crying.
Have changing supplies ready and waiting!
I lay everything out on the bed beforehand so I can speedily put on Aden’s diaper, apply lotion, and get him dressed after a bath.
Everything we use (and love) for bath time!
Tub (it’s been great 0 to 6 months and counting!)
Giant sponge to put on top of tub (extra padding for newborns)
Amazing smelling soap
Wash cloths (actually kitchen towels)
Bath set: rinser, elbow rest, kneeler, spout cover—I adore this entire set!
Body lotion for after bath
Tubby Todd face ointment for after bath (use that link for 10% off)
Final thoughts on making baby’s bath time easier and reducing crying during bathing:
If you think that your baby hates the bath, you can absolutely change that! Especially if your baby is between 0 and 6 months, focus on keeping him warm before, during, and after the bath. I guarantee this will help tremendously in making bath time enjoyable for both of you.
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