Bath Time Essentials | Newborn Favorites

Splish splash, CC loves her bath!  My daughter who is now three months old enjoys being in the water, which has made bath time a joy for both of us.  Today I want to share a bit about my experience with bathing a newborn as well as my favorite bath time products for the first few month’s of baby’s life.

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I gave CC sponge baths for the first four weeks, since it took that long for her entire umbilical cord to fall out and you’re not supposed to submerge that area in water until it does.  She wasn’t a huge fan of the wiping down part, which I did with warm damp washcloths and cotton balls about every three to four days.  She did, however, enjoy it when I would wash her hair, which I did by wrapping her up like a baby burrito in her towel and holding her tucked under one arm while I poured warm water over her head.  This was my first clue that she might be a water loving baby.

I was so excited when it was finally time to try a real bath at four weeks old.  She was having a bit of a fussy evening and I was nervous how it would play out, but she immediately calmed down once I placed her in her infant tub.  She’s been a fan of bath time ever since!  She is always so quiet and calm during bath time no matter what her mood is like seconds before she gets in.  At three months old she’s just now figuring out the joys of a little splashing, but she’s still quite contemplative and zen in the water for the most part.  A girl after my own heart!  I can’t wait to get her into the pool for Mommy & Me swimming lessons next month.

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Here are my favorite products that have helped make bath time a happy experience for both Mama and baby:

❊ 4Moms Infant Tub – This is the cadillac of infant tubs in my opinion.  It is designed with safety in mind thanks to the built in temperature gauge that gives both visual and audible cues.  I especially appreciate the design of the tub with a clean water reservoir that flows into the main seating area.  A strategically placed drain allows dirty water to flow out of the tub while maintaining a safe water level.  It does mean you have to keep the water running to take advantage of this feature, but I like that it ensures a clean flow system during these early months when baby isn’t quite ready to sit, play, and linger in the water and bath time lasts only a few minutes.

❊  Summer Infant Comfy Bath Sponge – As much as I like the 4Moms tub, the seating area isn’t the comfiest for a newborn since it’s designed to accommodate baby until they can sit up unassisted.  I purchased this bath sponge for just about $5 on Amazon to make do until CC is a bit bigger.  Not only is it super comfy for her, it also helps keep her more snuggly in place so I don’t have to worry so much about her sliding around in the tub.  Of course you should never leave an infant alone in the water and always keep a hand on him/her at all times when in the bath.  The sponge just makes it easier to keep baby in a stable position.

Shea Moisture Baby Extra Mild Wash & Shampoo – I’ve used this extra mild baby shampoo to wash CC’s hair since she was a tiny newborn and also as a body wash since I started bathing her in the tub.  It works great!  It truly is fragrance-free and I’ve never had an issue with her reacting to it.  Now that she’s a bit older I started to wash her hair with the Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns since I had it on hand already.  I waited to use it because it does have a scent to it (a rather lovely one at that) and I didn’t want to use anything with fragrance until she was a bit older.  I still use the Shea Moisture to wash her body.

Aden & Anais Muslin Washcloth Set – I use two washcloths during bath time.  I soak one of the Aden & Anais washcloths in the warm water and lay it over her chest and belly to keep her warm since the water doesn’t come up that high for safety reasons.  This is a thicker wash cloth that works perfectly as a little bath “blanket” of sorts.  I periodically pour clean warm water over her to keep her warm as well.  She loves the waterfall effect!  At the end of the bath I use this cloth to wipe her down and make sure she is soap-free.

Matimati Bamboo Baby Washcloths – These bamboo washcloths are super soft and perfect for washing with.  I add a bit of the Shea Moisture soap and wash CC’s body from neck to toe.  They’re a bit thinner than the Aden & Anais ones but are great quality.

❊ 365 Organic Cottons Balls – I still wash CC’s face with damp cotton balls, just as I have since the beginning.  I get these at Whole Foods.  I dip a few in warm water, squeeze them out, and then use sweeping motions to clean her face from top to bottom, one side at a time.

Johnson’s Safety Swabs – I use baby-friendly swabs to clean behind and around the rim of her ears, making sure not to get too close to her delicate inner ear area.

Little Giraffe Luxe Hooded Towel – I splurged on a couple of these towels last summer during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and I’m so glad I did because they are plush beyond belief.  They keep CC toasty after her bath.  Even though they say to air dry, I always throw them on low in the dryer and they come out looking just like new.

Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream – I waited to start using lotion on CC until she was taking real baths at 4 weeks old as I didn’t want to interfere with her newborn skin’s natural shedding process.  This Aveeno moisture cream is super gentle and easy to apply.  A little goes a long way and is safe for both body and face.  I noticed that the few little baby acne bumps she developed a couple of moths ago disappeared immediately after I started applying this lotion sparingly (after baths only) and she hasn’t had an issue since.

My Wet Brush for Babies – I love my Wet Brush so when I randomly saw one for babies at Target I snatched it up.  It’s so soft!  CC loves having her hair brushed and I think the super soft bristles on this brush make a big difference.  I brush her hair after bath time as well as every morning after I dress her for the day.

cc bath time 3 months 2016

cc post bath 3 months 2016I moved CC’s bath time from the kitchen to her own bathroom upstairs a couple of weeks ago mostly so I could leave everything set up for easier in and out (especially since bath time always seems to coincide with dinner clean up time around the kitchen sink area).  I was worried it would be tough on my back, but so far it’s been a breeze and CC seems to enjoy the bright colors in her bathroom.

I bathe CC every other day or two currently, but I can see us making this a part of her daily nighttime routine in the coming months as she enjoys it so much.  It’s a nice way to wind down for the evening together.  I love seeing her smiling face a I dry her off and lotion her up on the changing mat while I sing her favorite song, “Part of Your World” from the Little Mermaid.  She often sings along!

I’d love to hear about your bath time routine with your little one and favorite products if you care to share!

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19 thoughts on “Bath Time Essentials | Newborn Favorites”

  1. Oh my goodness she is just a doll. There is such trust and love in her eyes when she’s looking at you. It’s been a long time since I bathed my babies, but I remember being scared to death. You are such a good mommy. Keep up the good work.

  2. You’ll love Mommy & Me swim lessons! I love this post, because I would have never thought about doing a post about this. I really enjoyed and you can tell CC loves it! Plus I didn’t know Wet brush made a brush for babies so thank you!

  3. Hi Jen! CC is so adorable! I miss the days when my kids were babies. They grow up so fast. My husband and I have been enjoying watching our home videos, we took when they were young. So happy we have them. The kids enjoy watching them too! Thank you so much for sharing the snap chats!

  4. Thank you for another lovley post, Jen!

    I have enjoyed your content for years with all the changes that have followed it, just like I do now that you are writing more blog posts rather than uploading Youtube videos.

    I was wondering if you have spent any thought to your wedding/honeymoon scrapbook project, as I recall you mentioning that you scrap that project if you hadn’t done anything with it by the end of last year.

    I hope too see more of you and your beautiful family soon! 🙂 Hugs!

    1. I never got to it sadly, so I think it’s probably time to let it go. I do have beautiful photos to cherish tho!

  5. I have a 5 month old, we’ve been using California Baby Calming shampoo and body wash followed by Averno baby or Babo Botanicals lotion. The lavendar scent is a bit strong in the latter, but it’s super thick and the lingering smell is more pleasant and light. We’ve also transitioned to the bath. I either take a bath with her or use a baby tub.

  6. Oh Jen, you’re going to love the Mommy & Me swimming lessons. My Hugo and I (he’s a couple of weeks younger than little CC) started Water Babies classes here in the UK when he was 4 weeks. He absolutely loves it! He has now learnt to take a breath and swims underwater. It is absolutely incredible. I would highly recommend the warm in one wetsuit for your first few sessions. They are fleece lined to keep little one nice and warm, as they are in the pool much longer than your nightly bath sessions. Can’t wait to hear how you get on! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hi Jen, I haven’t commented in a while but I’ve just been watching your latest check-in video. CC is adorable and I remember being a new mommy, my girls are 8 and a half and 7 now. It’s overwhelming sometimes isn’t it! But it’s also magical. Enjoy every second, you’re doing great! And as for the spite, I think you nailed it, some people just need an outlet for their own misery. You handle it well but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt. I think that’s what they enjoy doing. It’s their lives they’re wasting, take good care of you and that very lucky baby.

  8. I meant to say this on the post where you said you would be blogging more, but i forgot! Would you maybe start doing week in reviews, you know just sharing what’s happened in your week?

    Any way CC looks adorable, especially in the last photo!

    1. I’ve been thinking about picking those up again, but I’m not sure there’s anything super interesting to share since we’ve been laying low the past few months.

  9. Such a great post. We are due with baby #2 Sept 2. So I’ve been on the hunt for a good tub! I’m so excited you like this one. I’d had my eye on it for a long time! Blessings 🙂

  10. Jen I have four children, 11,9,8 and 5 (three boys and a girl), and they all calm down after they take their shower or bath. It seems to be magical for our household. It’s like they all just settle down immediately from their day. The ladies at LUSH laugh at me when I go because I buy their bath products from time to time for the kids, not myself lol. They love to take relaxing baths.

  11. I am so glad that you post about your baby adventures! I just gave birth in March to my first baby, a little girl. Your posts are so helpful as we follow behind you about two months. We also have the 4moms tubs and I was wondering if the summer infants sponge blocks the drain on the tub? Our baby loves her baths too she had her first one at just over three weeks and she did slip a little so I am ordering the sponge to help with that.
    Thanks again for your posts! CC is adorable and I keep checking back, you are definitely a God send as I am navigating new mommy-hood 🙂

    1. I find the sponge doesn’t block the upper drainage hole at all when CC is in the tub. Congrats on your little girl!

  12. For our baby, Natalie, we use Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo, a baby washcloth and a cup of water in the bath. Originally we put her in a baby bath insert in the kitchen or on the table but not at 14 months I just hold her in the tub. She kicks and puts her hand in the water and seems to really enjoy it. She has long hair so we wash it every bath and then comb and brush it. The only complaint she has so far is if we don’t dry her off fast enough 😉

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