29 Mar 5 Ways to Make the Most of Baby’s Bath Time
Bath time is one of my favorite times of day as a mommy. Baby B has always loved his bath time and I have always loved singing with him, splashing the water with him and watching him explore. The evening bath [plus bedtime] is such a special time for mommies and babies. It’s full of little moments that create for incomparable bonding.
As a new mommy, life gets pretty busy. Bath time is one of those moments, however, that the day seems to stop for a moment and you and your babe get to just be together. It’s sweet. It’s wonderful. As a working mom, especially, I try to take advantage of this unihibited time together. Here are a few ways I make the most of bath time and you can too!
1. Incorporate Bath Toys to Make it Fun!
Bath time is a favorite at our house. It’s the time where mommy gets to sit and supervise for a little instead of running behind our toddler! YAY! B loves bath time and I watch his imagination grow when he plays in the bath. Find a few toys that baby will love to play with a watch them go! Don’t choose too many, though! Let baby grow out of a toy before replacing it. It’s important for kids to have that familiarity so that they can pick up on patterns–Baby will know they get to play with a certain toy at bath time and if bedtime or nap time is next, even the toy will help their mind begin to relax and prepare for bed! I’ve linked a few of our favorite bath toys here:
By the way, we LOVE the new Baby Collection from Beautycounter! Their products work and I’m always happy to know that when I use them, they are safe for my baby boy!
2. Use Aromatherapy
Since B was born, I started using aromatherapy with essential oils. One of the ways I use them is by adding a few drops of oil to the bath as I let the hot water run. While this is not the only way I use aromatherapy, this is definitely my favorite because I feel like I’m giving my boy a special treat… a spa-like experience! [and I have to say that I swear the use of essential oils is the reason that my boy didn’t have his first fever until 9 months!] Make sure you only use 2-3 drops in one whole bath.
Here are some uses:
To help baby relax // Lavender
To help baby start the day // peppermint or grapefruit
To cheer baby up // lemon or sweet orange
To boost baby’s immune system // 1 drop orange, 1 drop rosemary and 1 drop cinnamon
To help with stuffy nose or a cough // eucalyptus [ginger is a great cough suppressant too!]
To help with dry, sensitive or irritated skin // tea tree oil [you can even squirt some jojoba oil into the water, too, just be prepared for a VERY slick bath, which can be dangerous without proper supervision, but their skin will come out so very soft!]
*All of these work for mommies too!
3. Make it a teachable moment
Bath time is full of discovery for baby. Tell baby what you’re doing as you’re doing it. “Here comes the water! Woooooo!! Mommy poured that water on your head!” Or “Uh oh! The water is going down the drain! Time to get out!” Talk and sing about the water, the soap or the ocean, even! A personal favorite for me is “Jesus fills me up with hope and washes me with Squishy Soap!” Use those toys, too! There are even little waterproof books you can read together in the bath! Show them how the shark swims under the water and how the boat floats on top! Baby will take it all in!
4. Get in there with Baby
You are baby’s mommy. He’s your child. It’s not weird. Quite the contrary, actually. Getting into the bath with baby is such a special time and, believe it or not, babies still benefit from skin-to-skin contact long after they’re infants! Plus, to baby, nothing is more fun than when mom or dad gets to participate in one of baby’s favorite things to do. Get in there. You’ll thank me for the sweet memory and the bonding later.
5. Use the Bathroom Mirror
When bath time is over, wrap that baby up in a towel and bundle baby close to you. Then walk baby over to the mirror and let them see their reflection all wrapped up and in your arms. This moment is my absolute favorite part of bath time. Use the mirror to talk to your baby and even play a game of peek-a-boo! Let them watch you kiss those cheeks!
Bath time can be so special. Enjoy these moments with your little one… I have a feeling bath time is one of the moments I’ll miss most when my boy is all grown up. Do you have any bath time traditions you like to do? Share them below!