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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

From the day her umbilical cord fell off until now, I have struggled with baby bath time. When she was a newborn, I wondered how best to bathe her without breaking my back. We went through a couple of different baby bath tubs. A simple standard one and a fancy one with a jet and a spray nozzle. The standard infant to toddler bathtub has a reclined infant side and a sitting toddler side. It also comes with a sling, which I never really used. I guess maybe the sling is good for a sponge bath before the umbilical cord comes off. But I just did a sponge bath on her changing table (I didn't even think about using the sling).

Summer Infant Soothing Tub Spa and ShowerIt was a pain in my back to bathe baby with this bathtub, bending over into the main bathtub. So I switched to the fancy bathtub, the Summer Infant Soothing Tub Spa & Shower. The spray nozzle worked very well. I supposed I could have used a cup, too, to rinse baby's head and shoulders, etc. I used this bathtub on the kitchen counter until baby became to heavy to lift at that angle.

Then I went back to putting the baby tub in the regular the bath tub. And this again was hard on my back. So I switched to bathing with her, just holding her in my lap in the regular bath tub. That worked really well. She really enjoyed it, and it was a lot more comfortable for me. I did a few swimming techniques with her that way, too. In fact, I heard from a baby swim instructor that it is really good to bathe with your baby this way. The skin to skin contact is really great for them. Plus you can introduce them to floating, etc. that way, too.

Well, eventually I quit taking a bath with her, too. It started when we went on vacation. We washed her off quickly while we were in the shower. Then when we got back from vacation, we had company, so we couldn't use the big bath tub and had to default to showers at home, too. When I noticed how much more convenient it was not to have a separate bath time for her, I guess I got a little spoiled. Plus I started taking her to the pool to get some swim time there.

Summer Infant Super SeatSo how do I take showers with her? I had heard other people do it, too, usually with the help of another person. I started off that way, too. But eventually I learned to do it on my own. I put her in her bumbo seat in the bathroom while I took my shower. Then brought her in to the shower to wash her when I was done. After a month or so, the bumbo got too boring for her. So, I got a similar type of infant chair but with toys around it. I was able to use that chair for a few months.

But now at almost 10 months, she has lost interest in that stationary chair. So I moved on to something I thought about doing long time ago. That was to put the baby bath into the bath tub and let her soak and play while I took my shower in the same bath tub. I had mentioned this to a friend of mine a while back. She told me she didn't think it would be a good idea because I would get my soap all over her. Well, today, out of desperation, I did it, and I used her baby shampoo and baby soap. That way, if it got on her, it was okay.

And that worked really well. Once I was done with my shower, I washed her. Then I refreshed her bath water and let her play in there for a little while as I dried off, brushed my teeth, put my lotion on, etc. By the time I was ready to get her out, she was still playing!

I think I might try the whirlpool feature of the fancy bath tub one of these days, though. Now that I think she's old enough.

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