Does your baby hate bath time?
If you answered yes, know that you are not alone.
Getting an infant to enjoy a bath seems like an impossible endeavor for many parents. The daily kicking and screaming session known as bath time should be a positive experience, right?
... Your baby might disagree.
What is supposed to be a soothing nightly ritual often devolves into chaos. Although your child will likely grow out of this phase in early toddlerhood, there are ways to improve the experience in the meantime - for both parent and child.
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13 Useful Tips To Make Bath Time Less Traumatic For Our Baby
1. Choose the right moment to bathe
Grumpy babies are far more likely to have a meltdown during bathtime. From your child’s perspective, bathing can be an uncomfortable experience. Imagine being dunked in the bath while water is repeatedly poured over your head. For someone who doesn’t understand exactly what’s going on, this can be a distressing experience. To make things worse, you are hungry and sleepy.
This is why it is crucial to bathe when your baby is feeling their best. For most parents, this is right after dinner and before bedtime.
2. Make sure to get the temperature right
That means making sure the bathwater is warm - not too cold and not too hot. Test the water out on yourself first, dipping a hand in to be sure it is just right.
The right temperature also means keeping the bathroom climate at a comfortable level.
When the air is warm as well, there won’t be a big difference between the water and the environment. This allows for your baby to adapt well to the feeling of the water. If you have a space heater, try switching it on before bath time to warm up the air a bit.
The ideal baby's bath temperature should be 37°C to 38° C (100°F to 102°F), which matchs to our body temperature.
3. Gradually transition your baby to the baby tub
Some babies have issues with being immersed in water. If this is the case for your little one, we recommend starting by placing your child in the baby tub first, before adding any water. Then gently begin pouring warm water over the baby’s toes and working your way up.
The loudness of the rushing water can be a bit jarring for some infants as well, so try filling the tub before bringing your baby into the bathroom.
4. Use a bath kneeler and an elbow rest pad for your comfort
Bathtime is filled with repetitive kneeling and reaching for the parent. These actions can be hard on the back and joints - especially at the knees and elbows. Plain bath mats can be uncomfortable to kneel on, and resting elbows on the side of the tub is hardly a pleasant feeling.
Using a bath kneeler and elbow rest pad that is specifically designed for baby bath time can be a real game changer.
An added bonus, the pad has side pockets for storage of baby wash, shampoo, toys and other bath accessories. And it comes with a carrying bag for easy pickup.
5. Invest in a bath hat
To keep the water and soap out of your baby’s eyes and away from their face, invest in a baby bath hat. These visor-like caps surround your baby’s head, redirecting the water away from the face while you wash their hair.
6. Add bath toys
Babies are more preoccupied when they have toys to focus on.
Don’t overthink it - the classic rubber ducky is always a winner!