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Bathing Gear

Bath time is more than just washing your baby and getting him clean; it is a chance for the two of you to bond and for him to relax before sleeping. For a safe and fun bathing experience, make sure you have all the basics on hand, such as a spout cover, a tub thermometer, and a non-skid mat. Gather towels, washcloths, and skin care items before you put your baby in the bathtub. In addition, a bath kneeler can prevent back discomfort while you are bathing your baby. Finally, storage for toys helps keep them under control. Check the water temperature to be sure that it is not too hot or cold. Get a good grip on your baby to be sure that he does not slip under the water, and pay attention to him at all times while he is in the bath.

Sink or Bathtub Insert

One-time purchase

Age needed: Newborn

sink or bathtub insertAn insert fits inside your kitchen sink or bathtub for bathing newborns. Once your baby can sit up, you can give him a bath in a standard bathtub. However, using a bathtub insert is faster to fill than the whole tub and provides more security for your baby by keeping him from slipping.

 

Function: Supports your baby in the bath

Special Features or Considerations:

  • BPA- and PVC-free
No-slip Bath Mat

One-time purchase

Age needed: Newborn

no slip bath matNo-slip bath mats provide a textured surface for traction in the bath tub. Place the mat directly onto the surface of your bathtub.

 

Function: Prevents your baby from slipping during bath time. Fits in most standard bathtubs

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Potential for mildew
  • BPA- and PVC-free
Tub Thermometer

One-time purchase

Age needed: Newborn

thermometerYou can use a tub thermometer to test the temperature of water before putting your baby in the bathwater.

 

Function: Check temperature of bath water

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Comes in fun shapes, colors, or characters
  • Accuracy
  • Ease of use and reading
Tub Spout Cover

One-time purchase

Age needed: Newborn

tub spout coverA tub spout cover protects your baby’s head from bumping the bathtub faucet during bath time. The tub spout cover slides over your tub’s faucet. Most fit standard-size bathtubs. Tub spout covers often come in fun designs, which add to the fun of bath time with your baby.

Function: Provides cushion on the tub faucet to protect your baby’s head

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Fits in most standard bath faucets
Bath Toy Storage

One-time purchase

Age needed: Newborn

bath toy storageA bath toy storage container makes toys accessible for your baby’s bath time, and out of the way for other family members. Storage for bath toys comes in a variety of styles from pockets that hang from the shower head, to trays that span the top of a tub, and containers that attach to walls with suction cups.

 

Function: Stores and dries bath toys

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Potential for mildew
  • Attachable to bathroom wall or tile
  • Built-in scoop
  • PVC-free
Hooded Towels

Multiple purchases

Age needed: Newbornmuslin hooded towel

hooded towelsHooded towels have a built-in hood to dry your baby’s body and head and keep him warm at the same time. Small-sized towels are effective for your newborn baby. As he grows, he needs a larger towel. Animal designs can stimulate dramatic play.

 

Function: Dries your baby’s body and head

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Organic cotton
  • Machine washable
  • Generous sizing
Washcloths

Multiple purchases

Age needed: Newborn

washclothWashcloths are usually made from knitted or woven terry. Woven terry makes a thick washcloth for washing larger areas of your baby’s body, such as his legs, arms, torso, and head. Knitted terry washcloths are thin and are useful for cleaning small and delicate areas, such as his nose or ears. Use washcloths to wash him with shampoo or bath wash. You can also place a thick washcloth on your baby’s belly during bath time to keep him warm.

Function: Helps you gently clean your baby

soap, towel, q-tips

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Organic cotton
  • Machine washable
Rinse Cup

One-time purchase

Age needed: 6 weeks

rinse cupRinse your baby’s body and hair with a rinse cup. They are usually designed with a handle and spout for easy pouring. Rinse cups double as a toy for pouring water.

 

Function: Rinses soap off of your baby’s body and hair

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Nonslip grip handle
  • PVC-free
Bath Kneeler

One-time purchase

Age needed: 3 months

bath kneelerBath kneelers help protect your knees with cushioned support for leaning over the tub to wash your baby during bath time.

 

Function: Provides cushion for your knees.

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Waterproof
  • Machine washable
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