6 Tips for the Most Relaxing Bathtime

6 Tips for the Most Relaxing Bathtime

There's an old adage that goes like this: "Put them in water or take them outside." When your baby is having a hard time winding down, a bath can be the perfect way to relax and reset. If you're looking for a way to ensure your baby bedtime routine is as soothing and stress-free as possible, here are six tips to help with your nighttime routine.

1. The Elbow Method

Make sure the water is at a comfortable temperature for the baby. The best way to test it is by using your elbow and not your hand, as our hands are usually more sensitive than our elbows. There isn't one perfect temperature—just be sure the water isn't hot to the touch because it could cause burns or overheating.

You can buy little rubber ducks or other toys that have thermometers in them to ensure the bath's temperature. If you have a thermometer, you'll want the water temp to be around 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Choose the Right Products for Your Baby’s Skin

Babies have sensitive skin, and you'll want to choose baby-friendly bath products that are specifically designed for their delicate skin. Look for natural products that contain ingredients like jojoba oil, shea butter, and lavender essential oil. Avoid anything with strong fragrances or dyes as those can be irritating.

Keep Your Baby Covered with Water

Babies can get cold quickly, so make sure to keep your baby's body covered with water throughout the bath. You can use a baby bath towel to help cover them if you need to, but make sure they stay comfy and warm.

Throughout the bath, fill a cup with water and pour it over the back of your baby's head. Try to avoid pouring it directly onto the face, although getting some water on their face will help them get used to the feeling.

Keep Things Slow and Calm

Babies can sense stress, so it's important to keep your bath routine slow and calm. Talk or sing in a slow, soothing voice to your baby and avoid any sudden movements. You might even add in other parts of your baby bedtime routine, like white noise or having your partner read a book during the bath.

Wash their Face and Head First

Babies don't need to be washed all over every time they take a bath—in fact, you can wait until the end of the bath to clean their diaper area. Instead, wash their face and head first with warm water and mild soap. Make sure you get carefully near and around the eyes and around their ears as these areas are prone to bacteria accumulation.

Keep a Soft Towel and Fresh Clothes Ready

Have everything you need for bathtime ready before you start, including a soft towel and fresh clean clothes. When you take your baby out of the bath, wrap them in the towel immediately and dry off their skin gently.

Having quick access to their pajamas or other things they sleep in, like a sleepsuit, will help you transition into the rest of your baby bedtime routine.

Following these tips should make bathtime a relaxing and enjoyable experience for both you and your baby. Enjoy the peaceful time you have to bond and take in the joy of these sweet parenthood moments!

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