The following is a sponsored post, brought to you by LatherUp Co.
What do baby cribs, high chairs, dressers and baby bouncers have in common?
They all come with instructions.
But, giving your newborn his/her first bath doesn’t come with a manual of steps. Instead, it’s strictly a “proceed at your own risk” event, every time. If you ask most parents, the first bath can equally be the most nerve-wracking and memorable experience of a lifetime. Having to juggle holding a wet baby and the soap can take a 10-minute bath and transform it into a 30-minute high-intensity, high-stakes workout.
So, how do you (and baby) survive the first bath?
The answer is simpler than you think. It’s all about being prepared! Here are the six must-dos to make your baby’s bathing time the most enjoyable and cutest experience.
- Walk through the steps before you do it. This may sound odd, but if you do this one step, you will have everything you need, all in one place to get through the first bath without any hiccups or tears. Babies have needs – especially in the bathtub! Gather all of the items you think you’ll use, including the shampoo, soap, baby towel, extra towels (for the floor), and even a pad for you to kneel on. Nothing is worse than having the baby in the tub and forgetting an essential item that is more than an arm’s length away.
- Do a “wet” run without the baby. You might have to ask yourself, “Do I really know how to use this?” Baby bathing items can be so innovative these days, but they can also be confusing to use. Or, you may be unaware that the sleek, new baby tub required a special plug (that was purchased separately). Either way, doing a wet run of the entire process can help you nail down what you need and what you’re missing.
- Find the right time. Babies can be very sensitive to lights, sounds, textures and changes in temperatures. To make the bathing time the most relaxing, bathing immediately after eating or during times when they would normally be asleep, may not be the best. Believe it or not, some infants do not like the feel of water on their bodies, or may feel vulnerable not being coddled. The temperature of the water is the secret sauce! Too hot and your baby will be screeching, too cold and bathtime can be miserable for everyone. Getting the water a perfect warm temperature is what you want to shoot for. Keeping all of these things in mind and finding the best routine that works with your baby’s preferences can make bathtime a success.
- Get your grip ready. A wet baby, especially after being soaped up can be impossible to hold. Add in the nerves of the first bath, some high-pitched crying, then trying to keep them from drowning may seem more like an Olympic event. Washcloths are great for washing but do nothing to help your baby stay safe. That’s why LatherMitts is a must-have in your bathing toolkit. Their glove design gives you free range of motion of your fingers, making it easy to get those hard-to-reach places. And, the mitts soft hypoallergenic organic material is great for baby’s sensitive skin. The LatherMitts’ neoprene grip is a lifesaver that will give you the added help you need to safely and easily hold your baby (and the soap).
- Relax, breathe and enjoy. Imagine your baby looking up at you and your face is tense, twisted with worry, or sweating from trying to keep everything together. Your baby will feed off of your mood and emotions. If you’ve followed the steps above, then you have all of the items you need within reach and you’ve got a secure hold on your baby (thanks to your LatherMitts), so you’re covered. Singing songs, talking to your baby or even making funny faces can be a great way to bond with your soapy bundle of joy and make the bathing experience fun!
- Don’t forget the post-bath move. The worse feeling for anyone, babies included, is to go from a welcoming warm bath to a cold whiff of air. So, be sure to have a cozy, hooded towel at the ready when you take your baby out of the tub. Going from wet to dry, as quickly as possible is a definite skill. But, with the LatherMitts, you can easily wring them out, by making a fist, and seamlessly get your baby out of the tub and wrapped up into an adorable baby burrito!
As most parents will tell you, there is no one-size-fits-all bath time approach. The key is to figure out a routine that works for you and your little one. Either way, you’ll learn a lot along the way, get soaked with water (and other things) and have at least a few funny bathtime memories to share with them when they’re older!
Introducing LatherMitts, the best way to get (and keep) kids clean, from head to toe. Created by mom/inventor Sarah Stapp as a way to bathe her own little one, LatherMitts have evolved into a grassroots sensation, worn on the hands of practical moms, dads, and caregivers all around the country.
- Safety: The gentle neoprene grip that lines LatherMitts’ thumb and forefinger ensures that squirmy, slippery kids are secure and safe in your hands. Neoprene, commonly used in wetsuits, is hypoallergenic, non-slip and is naturally resistant to oil, mildew and mold.
- Quality: The rest of the glove is made of white organic cotton, perfect for a baby’s sensitive skin.
- Dexterity: The glove design of LatherMitts allows you full use of both hands and all ten fingers, making it easy to get into hard-to-reach places like behind ears and under chins.
- Value: LatherMitts can be rewashed and reused again and again the same way you would use a washcloth. Bonus: since LatherMitts require no special care, you can throw them right in with your other towels.
- Options: LatherMitts come in sizes small to extra large, so mom, dad or any caregiver can cover bathtime duties.