Babies grow really quickly. Their fast-paced growth makes it necessary for them to quickly change in washing regimen, from sponge baths to baby tubs. Now they’re not going to be using baby tubs for a very long time, either. Babies grow faster on their first twelve months than at any other period of their lives. Eventually, by six months, your baby will be too big for their baby tubs and will require a bigger tub – that would mean the same one we adults use to wash our own bodies.
We need to be prepared for a lot of things for this matter, among which are helping our babies in the bath and deal with the apprehension of first being able to use the tub. Babies will need support as they bathe in the tub, especially since not all of them can hold themselves upright and falling on the tub can be nothing short of nasty. On the other hand, big, adult-sized tubs are unfamiliar territory for babies, and they will naturally be cautious and apprehensive about getting into it and moving about inside.
That all said, washing your baby on the tub, especially the first time around, can be very challenging. There‘s no need to worry about that though; if you are at a loss with what to do in this matter, here’s a quick guide to bathing your baby in the big tub.
- Have lukewarm water run into the bath tub. Remember to just fill the tub with enough water to cover the legs to minimize the risk of drowning. This is also very economical, given the fact that babies don’t really need so much water to get themselves cleaned up.
- In the spot where your baby will be sitting on, put a towel so as to prevent them from slipping on their rear. Alternative materials that can provide the same level of grip on the tub’s surface and is just as comfortable to sit on as a soft wet towel will also do.
- Put in the tub some play things like a rubber ducky, bath toys, or plastic children’s books. This can help keep them occupied during bathing, especially if they are being resistant at getting into the tub. Keep the room at warm temperatures for your baby’s comfort.
- Put the baby bath soap and the shampoo where you can easily reach them. Remember where you have placed them, however, and be sure that you will not need to get up in order to get them.
- During the bathing session, remember to stay at your baby’s level by sitting on the tub’s edge or getting on your knees. Be on a position that will let you monitor your baby as closely as possible.
- Place your hand on the baby’s back so as to help them sit upright and prevent them from accidentally falling and injuring themselves in the tub. Talk to your baby as you bathe them, or you can sing a song. This will not only help keep them occupied but will also take advantage of the bonding opportunity that bath time provides.
- If the phone rings or someone rings the doorbell while you are bathing your baby, do not respond until the bathing session is over. Never let anything distract you from bathing your baby, unless you can have someone else take your place in the tub. The idea is that you should never leave your child in the tub alone.
- Bathing your baby in the big tub can get done really quickly. Once done, snuggle your baby in a towel fashioned with a hood. Dry them off completely and have them moisturized, after which you may dress them. Make sure that you only empty the tub after your child is out though; it might startle them if you empty the tub of water while they are still inside.
Bathing your baby in the big tub is the perfect opportunity to bond with them. Be sure to keep it safe for them, and make preparations to ensure that will make the bathing session not just something that needs to be done for the sake of sanitation, but also a fun and worthwhile experience for you and your child.