Bathing babies - how do you?

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Post: #178420 Fizzy Izzy
Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:21 pm

He mostly comes in with me. It's so easy and it works well even when he was tiny. He can breastfeed in there too if he gets hungry! Then DH takes him and I top up with hot water and have a soak :iconbiggrin: He likes the baby bath too especially now he's happy sitting up (with me holding him) - he has fun splashing and trying to grab his rubber duck and put it it his mouth...
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Post: #178423 The Riff-Raff Element
Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:18 pm

I used to carry mine into the shower with me. They loved it. I'd recommend a good non-slip mat though 'cos it does shift your centre of gravity up a bit and you have to be prepared to be widdled on and sometimes worse :shock:

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Post: #178434 homegrown
Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:39 am

Well the viking method could help (throw in the river)

since my boys ar water babies anywhere will do
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Post: #178807 MrsD'ville mkII
Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:18 pm

Hello. When M was really wee (not that he was ever *that* wee, being 10lbs 4oz at birth) we put the baby bath in the shower, put a couple of inches of water in that and supported his shoulders with one arm. Pretty soon we started plonking him in the big bath, which he loves. He's now almost 11 months and this evening tried to dive head-first over the side :?
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Post: #178904 mrsflibble
Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:18 pm

The Riff-Raff Element wrote:I used to carry mine into the shower with me. They loved it. I'd recommend a good non-slip mat though 'cos it does shift your centre of gravity up a bit and you have to be prepared to be widdled on and sometimes worse :shock:


soph's only just got to the point where she's willing to go in the shower with me, she's 4 in feb lol!!!
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Post: #178958 mrsmiggins
Sun Nov 29, 2009 11:34 pm

Thank you for all the tips everyone! I love the photos!! :iconbiggrin:

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Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:42 pm

mrsflibble wrote:
The Riff-Raff Element wrote:I used to carry mine into the shower with me. They loved it. I'd recommend a good non-slip mat though 'cos it does shift your centre of gravity up a bit and you have to be prepared to be widdled on and sometimes worse :shock:


soph's only just got to the point where she's willing to go in the shower with me, she's 4 in feb lol!!!


I was like that. I still hate splashing my face with water. Some of us are just difficult :lol:
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Post: #179178 citizentwiglet
Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:51 pm

Second hand baby-bath for us. As they get older, it gets plonked in the big bath (apparently helps them to get used to seeing the sides of the big bath, which can be a bit scary when you can't see much over the top of them). Baby bath doubles up nicely as thing to plonk dirty, then clean, washing in, too. Obviously, as Ellis is 3 he has progressed to the big bath, Fin (1...yes, already) is still in big-bath-little-bath mode because he is a bit of a nutter and just likes hurling himself around.

To be honest, bathing baby was the most terrifying thing. I have never done it on my own - I was petrified that I'd drop him, smash his head in. I always waited until the better half got home to help me. Just one of the fears I couldn't get over, I guess.

We don't have a shower in our house - if you have one, use it, I reckon. Both of mine HATE showers, which is very annoying when you are camping and there are only showers on site. Had I got them under the shower at an early age, I'm sure they'd be fine.
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Post: #179298 grubbysoles
Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:54 pm

I bring Bubs in the bath with me. I have a useless back and it just can't cope with leaning over the side of the bath trying to hold on to a slippery baby, and I foolishly gave my baby bathtub away. Bringing her in the bath is much easier, but my 3 year old then inevitably also wants to get in with us, so it gets quite crowded in there!

Biggest tip is to have everything laid out and ready for when you get out, so that you don't freeze to death fumbling around for towels/talc/dressing gowns, etc. I have a towel ready on the floor just outside the bathroom - wrap the baby in that which keeps her warm while I get the toddler out and wrap her up. Then we relocate to the lounge where I have more towels and snuggly things ready for them. I always seem to forget to have a towel ready for me though, so I'm the one who has to shiver and drip everywhere :roll:

I would also agree that it is infinitely easier to wait until the man of the house is home to help unload everyone from the tub. Fiddly business trying to get your balance just right when the baby is getting heavy and everyone is soaking wet and slippery.

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Post: #179904 carolinew
Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:51 pm

contadina wrote:Some friends bought what looks like an opaque bucket for their newborn. Apparently it's meant to feel like being in the womb to baby. It probably cost a fortune but was no different from a bucket.


We had one of these with our first - it's called a Tummy Tub, and we picked it up cheaply in a sale (not that it's particularly expensive usually). It was absolutely fantastic. It used very little water, our daughter LOVED it, and it was soooo easy to bath her in - you only need a finger under the chin to support her as she's basically in a good position already. Once she could support her own head, we didn't need to hold her at all.

Quite a number of years and a country change later, we're expecting another baby in a few weeks. We no longer have our tummy tub, so I considered whether to just use the sink, or use a bucket. But decided no, my experience with the tummy tub was so very good I'd get another one. Although they look like a bucket they're non slip and incredibly stable (which a bucket isn't), have no sharp edges and are shaped to help the baby stay in the right position. Having said that, I'm sure that a bucket would do! It just wouldn't be quite so easy. Anyway, I bought another 2nd hand off ebay for £3.

Can't recommend them highly enough. They really save water, are easy to use, and our baby was just so happy when she was in it. We used to use it when she had colic, too, as it comforted her and seemed to sort the colic out (don't know why - position? Being relaxed?)

Once she was no longer a newborn we quite often took her in the bath or shower with us - but still used the tummy tub in addition.

Having said all of that, just go with whatever's convenient for you. They all work - I just loved how economical it was with the water, its ease of use, and how much our baby enjoyed it.

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Post: #179915 thesunflowergal
Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:35 pm

Last week I bathed my little man for the first time, I held him in the big bath with his two sisters. I will save this for when he is a little older as it was a bit too caotic, but to his credit he did not complain!! I will be using the baby bath placed on the toilet, as a sort of stand.
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