We are big on bath time at our house. It's been a part of our nighttime/sleep training routine since Ro was born. I think we have given Ro a bath every night of his life except maybe on 5 occasions when we knew he was so tired it wouldn't matter. Honestly, some nights my back is not excited about it, but we both think it has been crucial in helping Ro sleep through the night. He knows the routine and likes it. Plus, he is a mess and needs a good clean every night. :)
Also, bath time is mine and Ro's special time. I usually get home around 5 or so from work. Ro usually has a bath around 6:15 or 6:30 so he can be in bed by 7:15. Since that doesn't allow for a lot of time together, I try to always give him his bath. It gives us an extra 30 minutes where it is just us. Bobby comes and helps out sometimes, when I need an extra pair of hands, but he usually lets us be alone. I get all of Ro's attention and it's worth the back pain.
We've tried a lot of different bath-related products over the past 10 months, and we are sharing our favorites.
1. Puj Tub: We used the Puj Tub when Ro was a newborn. It was perfect for our bathroom sink. Ro seemed to immediately love it, even at a week old. Very cozy and soft. We kept him in here way too long though. His feet and head were basically hanging out of the tub and sink by the time we finally moved to a bigger tub. The Puj Tub is around $45, but worth every penny. We used it for several months, and if we had a bigger sink, we probably would have used it longer.
2. Newborn to Toddler Tub: We started using this bigger tub when Ro was a few months old. It was similar to the Puj Tub in that it had a hammock type attachment that allowed Ro to lay in the water. We were able to keep using it when Ro could sit up on his own. We probably used this tub too long as well. When Ro was turning around and practically stepping out, we moved on to the real tub. We used this First Years Tub, which we bought for $18.
3. Ellie Bath Spout Cover: We very recently started using a faucet cover. We haven't been too concerned because Ro wasn't interested and couldn't reach it. Now that we are using the big bath and he can crawl and pull himself up on the sides and on the faucet, we knew it was time. We saw this great option from Happy Kids Essentials on Amazon. It caught my attention because of the bright colors, which Ro loves. It also had amazing reviews and only cost $13. So far, we are very happy with it. Super easy to slide on and off and it allows for the water to flow unobstructed. Soft and BPA free! Here are some photos--how cute is that packaging?
4. Munchkin Dandy Dots Bath Mat: Bobby recently surprised us with this super cute bath mat. Honestly, I wasn't sure if it was necessary at first. But once Ro got comfortable in the big bath and decided to crawl from one end to the other every 10 seconds, I realized it was not only necessary but effective. It doesn't reach the far end of the bath (which might be a negative), and I've noticed that Ro only seems to have slips down there, when he is off the mat. So at least for now, I can say, this mat is accomplishing its purpose. Plus, it is adorable and Ro loves the colored dots. Bobby found ours at Target, but it also available on Amazon for under $10!
5. Aquaphor Baby Advanced Healing Therapy Ointment: This was originally an accidental purchase of sorts. When I was pregnant, I would browse all the baby stuff on Amazon and read reviews all day. This lotion was a best seller and had hundreds of positive reviews. I brought it without really knowing what it was. Ro quickly developed some baby acne/eczema once we got home from the hospital. We had some California Baby lotion, but it was really thin and wasn't helping anything. We pulled out the Aquaphor and realized this was serious stuff. It's about the same consistency as vasoline. It's definitely an "ointment" over a lotion. It was amazing. We have used it on Ro's arms, legs, stomach and back after every bath and his skin is so soft and eczema free. One tub has lasted us almost 10 months!!!! I mean that alone makes it worth the $13. We just had to buy our second tub. We plan on using it until Ro finally tells us to stop :)
6. Skip Hop Hooded Towels: We have two Skip Hop Hooded Towels and they have proven to be our favorite. First, they are adorable. They have a few different options: Dog, Duck, Owl and Monkey. Second, they come with a matching wash cloth. Ro hates when I wash his face, but he takes it a little easier when the wash cloth looks like a puppy. Third, they are extremely durable. Our towels have been used and washed over and over and are still in great condition. They are soft and absorb water very well. I have to thank my lovely cousin, Leah, for introducing me to these towels when she gave me one as a gift. So thankful :)
7. Body Wash/Soap: We are still in the undecided category here. We initially used California Baby and it worked fine. Ro didn't have any reactions to it, but we just didn't love it. It didn't make good suds! We are big on suds. We have also tried Burt's Bees and have been happy with that. It smells amazing and didn't harm Ro's sensitive skin. We have recently been using Shea Moisture. It also smells amazing and produces serious suds. This brand has probably been the most impressive on the suds front. Ultimately, we haven't had a bad experience with soap yet. We would love to hear your suggestions though--we are definitely open to finding the best product!
Let us know if you think there is anything else we should try to improve our bath experience. Ro loves it, and we don't expect he will willingly give it up anytime soon.