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Munchkin Milestone // We Like Bathtime

Baby Bath Time Tips

I’m not gonna lie — our first couple of cracks at giving Henry a bath were laughable. He was screaming, we were frantically trying to clean him, and it was like trying to wrangle a squirmy, slippery little animal. An animal who was none too happy to be naked and wet. Looking back, we were totally clueless about what we needed and what would make bathtime easier for us and enjoyable (or at least not terrifying) for the little dude. I’m happy to report, though, that we got smart and figured a few things out. And we have reached the milestone where Henry actually likes taking a bath. It took a few tries, but we got there and now I actually love it too. I mean, what’s cuter than a baby in a tub?!

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We realized that the actual baby tub makes all the difference in the world. We started using this little tub from Munchkin, and he fits perfectly in there. It also has a little reservoir on the bottom where water can collect to keep him warm but it won’t overflow. Brilliant. (Side note: How about that mint green tile, huh? That’s what you get for living in a house from the 1950’s.)

The first few times we were also scrambling around with washcloths and soap and there was nowhere to set anything. Now we have a little bath caddy where we keep soap, extra cloths, his little hair shampoo-er thingy, and a few little odds and ends. It’s so much easier to have everything there at the ready.

Baby Bath Time Tips

Another necessity? A cushy kneeler. Oh my gosh. The first few baths were spent awkwardly bent over or kneeling on wadded up towels. The kneeler makes it easier to stay down there for a while so you don’t have to rush through bathtime because your knees are gonna break.

Baby Bath Time Tips

We also eventually realized that Henry didn’t like bathtime because it was kinda cold. You can’t really submerge a little one in water, so now we put a warm washcloth over his tummy and pour warm water over it with a rinser to keep him toasty. (No, that washcloth was not placed there for modesty purposes. Although that was a bonus.) That little discovery was I think the key to get him to calm down enough to enjoy a little tub time. Side note — a rinser is also perfect for washing baby hair without having to hang the kid upside down. This one is nice and soft, too, just in case you bonk baby in the head… Not saying I’ve done that or anything.

Baby Bath Time Tips

Baby Bath Time Tips

All in all, we’re feeling pretty pumped that bathtime doesn’t involve a screaming baby any more. And now that we’re trying to get some bedtime routines happening, the bath is a crucial part of it. If you have little ones and have any other brilliant bathtime tips, I’m all ears! xoxo

Baby Bath Time Tips

This post is sponsored by Munchkin. All opinions and ideas are my very own! Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking. Munchkin rids the world of the mundane by developing clever, innovative solutions that make family life safer, easier, and more fun. You can find Munchkin products at Munchkin.comTargetBabies’R’UsWalmart, and Amazon. It’s the little things!

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5 thoughts on “Munchkin Milestone // We Like Bathtime

  1. Cute! We liked to put the baby bath on the kitchen table on top of a towel, so it was up higher (no bending over)…the wash cloth is a great idea. Keep up the dates, that’s important! 🙂

    1. All is new with a first baby. Please consider that a parent reaching over the side of the tub is in danger of slipping over onto babe as it is still pretty awkward. I agree with putting a baby tub on a nonslip mat on top of a large solid flat table (in a warm, non drafts area) to wash babe at parent’s waist height. Once babe can sit with support, a safety chair designed for bathing is fun and less back breaking. Good luck and enjoy all these moments.

  2. We have that same munchkin tub and we absolutely love it! It was an absolute lifesaver when our baby was itty bitty because of the recline. She’s 7 months now and we still use it, but she just wants to sit upright in it. I think it might be time for a bath seat. They grow so fast!

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