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How To Clean A Baby Penis

How To Clean A Baby Penis

For the new parent there can be some challenges you didn’t realize until you find them staring you in the face.  Read below to learn how to effectively clean a baby’s penis.

Your newborn baby is delicate and special care must be taken to ensure their safety when you’re trying to clean them. When you’re trying to clean your baby’s penis, it’s especially difficult to know how to go about it, but it is possible.

If this is your first born child, you’re already probably pretty nervous about how to safely bathe them. There’s a lot to be worried about for new parents.

We Know You’re Nervous!

Worrying won’t help the process, but the first step in being successful when you clean your baby boys private parts is overcoming the fear.

By the time it’s time to clean his little willie, you’ve already mastered so much.

You’ve carried this child, you’ve delivered them, held them and even fed them. We know you’re nervous about taking this next step, but you’ve got this!

Whether your baby has been circumcised or not, there is a wrong way and a right way to clean your baby’s penis.

A lot of the advice we’re about to give involves being more hands off than you’d probably expect.

The main point to consider when bathing babies are that you may be anxious about cleaning them more than you need to.

Babies are actually pretty clean until they start crawling around and getting into things!

Until your babies become toddlers, here’s some advice on how to clean this sensitive area and ensure that they’re safe and healthy from the time you take them home —

What To Do After Your Baby Has Been Circumcised.

After your baby has been circumcised, you may see different things on their genitalia that may or may not concern you.

If your baby is undergoing this procedure in a religious ceremony, you may be facing this a couple of weeks after they are born.

If the procedure took place in the hospital, this likely occurred a day or two after they were born.

Once it happens, the doctor will cover the penis in gauze and it may come off as soon as the baby urinates, but in some cases, your doctor may advise that the gauze continues to be replaced.

If this is the case, mild soap and water may be necessary between dressing changes.

Directly after undergoing the circumcision procedure and for a few days after, you may see some of the following.

  • Redness
  • Yellow Secretion
  • Stool particles

Generally, these sights are not causes for great concern, but if anything seems off, you can always contact your doctor. You have a parent’s instincts!

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with trusting them, but in all likelihood, there’s no cause for great concern.

If the swelling and redness persist past a week, that’s when it may be time to give your doctor a call to check things out and make sure they’re ok.

What can you do to help? A few things actually.

Giving your baby’s penis some time to air out without a diaper on every now and then is a good idea, if possible.

Also, make sure you’re not using any kind of products when you’re attempting to clean baby’s penis in the beginning.

That means no harsh chemical laden baby wipes or soaps.

How To Be Gentle, But Clean Your Baby’s Penis

In the beginning, avoid using soap at all when you clean baby’s penis. Warm water is sufficient.

That way, you can avoid any irritants and if irritation does occur, you will know that it is not the product you’re using.

Your baby’s penis is actually self-cleaning to a large extent, so you don’t need to be overly involved with cleaning it too thoroughly.

Soap that’s used during bath time should be gentle and it’s perfectly fine if natural, mild baby soap is present around his whole area.

However, there’s no need to scrub when you’re going to clean this part of him.

What’s more important in terms of your baby’s health is regular diaper changing. Wetness can cause irritation.

Make sure that you’re changing your baby regularly and cleaning their scrotal area well.

Use a natural baby wipe to gently rid the area of fecal matter and urine.

This will go a long way to making sure that your baby’s genital region is kept clean.

It’s more about safe clean up than it is about how you clean this part of your baby at bath time. In fact, you shouldn’t have to do much at that point.

Special Care For Cleaning Your Uncircumcised Baby’s Penis

There are many benefits to not getting your baby circumcised and more and more parents are choosing not to have their babies undergo the procedure.

In fact, the number of babies who are uncircumcised has risen quite a bit over the last decade.

Here’s the good news — there is less special care that needs to be taken in order to make sure that your uncircumcised baby’s penis is cleaned properly that you may think.

You can handle it!

However, there are a few things that are different about cleaning your uncircumcised baby’s penis and the long-term care involved.

Whatever you do, do not retract the penis.

The foreskin is connected by tissue to the head of the penis, also called the glans. You have to make sure that everything stays in tact.

Also, you do have to watch your little one urinate every now and then to make sure everything is coming out ok a little closer.

If your baby seems to be in pain when they urinate or they don’t seem to have room in the foreskin to urinate, call a doctor.

For the first 2-3 years, you should only be clean baby’s penis on the outside of the foreskin.

Every now and then, you may see a milky white secretion under the foreskin called smegma. It’s perfectly normal and it’s just dead skin cells.

It’s nothing to worry about at all.

As your boy gets older, make sure that you’re teaching him proper hygiene.

He should be cleaning his uncircumcised penis regularly, making sure to gently pull the foreskin away from the head when he does.

When he’s finished, he also needs to pull the foreskin back over the head of the penis.

When You Should Be Concerned

While taking care to wash your baby’s penis as carefully and well as possible, you’ll want to watch out for a few things.

Here are a few scenarios that may happen through no fault of your own that you should be aware of —

  • Urinary Tract Infections – While it’s less common for boys to get them than it is for girls, they do happen. If they’re in pain when they pee, they may have one.
  • Meatal Stenosis – This is when the tip of a baby or toddler’s penis becomes so irritated that it develops scar tissue. If your baby’s urine is trickling in a way that leads you to believe that the penis is blocked, take them to the doctor.
  • Testicles That Don’t Descend – By the time your little one is three, his testicles should both have dropped into their scrotum. If they haven’t they may need surgery.

A few of the above conditions can be prevented by washing your baby’s penis correctly and regularly changing their diaper.

Don’t Obsess Over Cleanliness With Harsh Chemicals

In our society, we have a tendency to want things clean all the time, but your baby does not need to be fussed over as much as you think.

Until your baby’s circumcision heals, it’s not advised to bathe them in a bathtub. Stick to sponge baths to clean his genitalia.

Past that, your baby only truly needs a bath twice a week. If they haven’t started crawling yet, they really don’t have many opportunities to get any dirtier than what happens in their diapers.

When it is time to bathe, go easy on the soap. Even natural soaps need to be used sparingly. Warm water should be the main ingredient.

It’s very important that you choose the right products for bath time to prevent your baby from being exposed to chemicals that could irritate them.

Their genital regions are especially sensitive as babies, so it’s important that the products you use are designed with that in mind.

The sponge or washcloth you use should also be gentle. Babies’ skin is very delicate.

Don’t be too concerned with whether or not your baby is clean all the time. The key is to be careful and only clean and wash them when its necessary.

Purchase A Quality Baby Bathtub

You want the best for your baby and you want to keep them safe, but also clean.

The first step is to purchase a quality baby bathtub. Using the sink is not as hygienic.

If you’re choosing to clean your baby’s penis in the sink, you may be exposing them to chemicals and germs that you would not be exposing them to if you bathe them in a bathtub that’s designed for them.

Also, if you’re using a proper baby bathtub, you’re doing yourself a favor because it’s much easier to bathe your baby correctly when you use one.

Read some reviews on how to choose the best baby bathtub for your baby.

Songs About Bath Time

Songs About Bath Time

Bath time is about much more than just keeping your baby clean. It can also be a way to spend time together. Read on for songs about bath time.

Bath time offers the perfect opportunity to bond with your baby.

It’s a time when you can put all the chores and work demands to one side, so you can focus on your baby.

It also offers an opportunity to entertain and educate your son or daughter, because you have their attention.

One of the best ways to gain their complete attention is through song.

Don’t know where to start? Not a problem. Here are the best bath time songs for babies.

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Let’s start with a childhood classic: “Itsy Bitsy Spider”.

It’s a great song to teach children about bath time, insects and the weather. Plus, they’ll love the actions when you pretend your fingers are raining.

Remember the tune but not the words? Simply sing:

“Itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout,
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the spout again”

Learn the full song to educate and delight your little one.

Splish, Splash, Splosh

If a child understands the importance of bath time, they’re more likely to want to wash their bodies.

The song “Splish, Splash, Splosh” is a great way to help a child to learn about the sounds of water.

It will also reinforce good hygiene in the bath, which they’ll remember through life.

They’ll love the many sounds of the catchy song, which goes as follows:

“Splish, splash, splosh

Singing in the bath

Find the soap, give it a rub

And give yourself a wash”

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

For a song they’ll be hearing long after you’ve stored the bathtub away, entertain your child with “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”.

You can even make them laugh by pretending to row the boat. If they’re a little older, they could even pretend to row the boat in the bath.

Struggling to remember how it goes? Sing:

“Row, row, row your boat

Gently down the stream,

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

Life is but a dream”

Click here to listen to the full bath time song.

Down in the Jungle

There’s no better way to teach your child about animals and hygiene than with the song “Down in the Jungle”.

It’s the perfect bath song, as your son or daughter can hear about the “great big gorilla” washing his clothes.

With lyrics such as “rub-a-dub here, ” it’s ideal for bath time. You can even pretend to scrub your child’s skin when you sing it, so they’ll learn about the importance of cleaning their body.

It’s also a fun song that Mom and Dad will love to sing, and the kids will love to hear it.

Here’s how it goes:

“Down in the jungle
Where nobody goes
There’s a great big gorilla
Washing his clothes
With a rub-a-dub here
and a rub-a-dub there
That’s the way he washes his clothes”

We bet the lyrics have come flooding back to you, haven’t they? If not, listen to the full song.

Five Little Ducks Went Swimming One Day

“Five Little Ducks” is a great bath time song, as it can teach children about the water they’re sitting in.

What’s more, it’s a brilliant way to teach pre-school children about numbers and subtraction.

You could even buy some little rubber ducks for the bath, so you and your child can count and subtract the ducks one by one.

It’s an entertaining song to sing together and it will boost their education.

All you have to do is sing the following song and detract by one each time:

“Five little ducks went swimming one day

Over the hills and far away,

And Mummy Duck said “Quack, quack, quack”

But only four little ducks came back”

Want to learn the full song? Of course, you do. Take a look at the full version.

The Bath Song

Want to encourage your child to wash every area of their body, whilst learning about the anatomy?

You need to start singing “The Bath Song”. It’s a helpful way to encourage a child to actively wash their bodies.

The cleaning process will become part of their bath time routine long after the song is over.

It also allows a parent and child to sing together, as you will sing the question and they will sing the answer.

Here’s how it goes:

“Can you wash your hair? I can wash my hair.

Can you wash your feet? I can wash my feet.

Can you wash your face? I can wash my face.”

You could even perform actions to aid their learning. Such as pretending to wash your hair or washing your feet.

You can guarantee your child will perform the same actions but will use the water.

If you’re not familiar with the tune you can listen to it here.

There’s no better way to enjoy a fun, quick and hassle-free bath time. You know that sounds good!

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

Trust us when we tell you that your child will laugh-out-loud when you sing “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring”.

That’s because they’ll love the sound of the “old man” who is snoring.

You could even place a small plastic toy in the bath or baby bathtub. Get your little one to wake him with water as he starts to snore.

They could even pretend to be the old man snoring, and you could wake them up by washing the shampoo out of their hair.

You can guarantee they’ll be laughing from start to finish. It will make them love taking a bath a little more, too.

Here’s how it goes:

“It’s raining, it’s pouring

The old man is snoring

He went to bed and bumped his head

And couldn’t get up in the morning”

It’s a great song about water that’s ideal for bath time. You never know, a funny song could be all it takes for them to hop into the bath each time.  You can listen to it here on YouTube.

If You’re Happy and You Know It

Let’s face it, not all children love taking a bath.

Some children might cry and complain from beginning to end.

Yet, a good song can turn their bad experience into a great experience.

“If You’re Happy and You Know It” will help you discover how happy they are with bath time.

They can also have a little fun in the water as they clap their hands, stomp their feet or flap their arms.

If they’re singing, clapping and flapping, it’s probably not as bad as they first thought.

The song could even be the difference between a frustrating or enjoyable bath time.

It’s a great song to sing if your child hates water being poured over his or her face because it can distract them.

Remember, bath time should be fun, so make it as fun as you can and sing:

“If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)

If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.”

You can then change the song to say “stomp your feet” or another action that will make your little one smile.  This version on YouTube had me chuckling.

The Benefits of Singing During Bath Time

There are many superb benefits to bath time song. It’s a great way to boost a child’s education and develop a hygiene routine.

Yet, there are also many more fantastic reasons to start singing to your child.

Improve a Child’s Feeling of Safety and Trust

Babies that listened to music remained calm twice as long than listening speech.

That’s why singing to your child in the bath can be so beneficial. It can help them feel safe and calm when in their water.

It doesn’t matter how bad your singing voice is. A happy, catchy song will make you look like Beyonce in their eyes, whilst boosting their trust.

You could even combine the song with a bath tub chair so they feel safer in the water.

Physiological Impact

Not only will singing help aid education and trust, but it may have physiological benefits.

A clinical trial discovered the benefits singing has on premature babies in an ICU unit. Babies exposed to their parents’ singing shown improved heart and respiratory rates.

The babies also enjoyed better feeding and sleeping patterns that promoted weight gain.

Proving the importance singing has on a child’s mental, emotional and physical health.

Conclusion

There are many songs about bath time that will make your child grin from ear-to-ear.

It is fun, educational and entertaining. Not only that, but it can make the experience more enjoyable for both the child and Mum and Dad.

It can also improve trust between the child and parent, as your little one can feel safe and relaxed in the water.

The above songs are a great way to make your son and daughter look forward to a bath. As a result, they can embrace a good hygiene routine from a young age.  So with all the technology out there how can we bring the songs into the bathroom to help us, if needed?  You can pick up a CD, MP3 or do streaming from Amazon at this link.  I even checked on Spotify and they have more than enough options…lol.

Do you have any fun songs you like to sing during bathtime? Write your tips in the comment section below.

Creative Baby Bathtub Ideas

Creative Baby Bathtub Ideas

Baby bathtubs are babies’ first playgrounds. The room, the water, the toys, and the accessories provide tons of fun for her. However, it is the kind fun that needs to be looked after. And when bath time is over, the tub should be drained immediately. But it is your job to make this fun worth doing all over again. To make bath time more fun than usual.

Below are some baby bathtub features you should consider:

1. Contoured Design with Padded Lining

This can be a less constrictive than a sling. This will keep the baby from sliding around. Linings are usually thin, but feel more comfortable than just hard plastic.

2. Drain with an Attached Plug

With an attached plug, it will be easier to drain the tub of water. So you have to make sure it can serve its purpose well.

3. Temperature Indicator

There are bath tubs that have desirably useful features such as drain plugs or temperature strips that change color according to changes in temperature. They change color when the water is too hot for the baby. There are also those with digital readouts.

But you can buy separate temperature indicators. These are very useful features, but it is best to double check the temperature with your forearm before you put the baby into the tub. The forearm is more sensitive than the hand. You’ll know the water is good for bathing the baby when it feels comfortably warm.

4. Foldability

There are also tubs that are made of plastic and can be folded in half for more convenient storing. However, common complaints about plastic and foldable tubs are due to the leaks and not being able to hold a baby that’s only a few weeks old.

4. Hook or Handle for Easy Storage

Some models have a useful handle or hook on the back to hang the tub up for draining or storage. But you can also simply flip over any infant tub in your regular tub to let it drain and dry before you store it.

6. Smooth, Overhanging Rim

This is to keep you from scraping your baby’s skin when you put her in or take her out of the tub. This also makes it easier to carry a water-filled tub minus the baby.

7. Nonskid Surface

This feature is important to keep the baby from sliding in the tub.

Baby bathtubs can be bought for about $20, for a freestanding bath sling, to $40 or higher for tubs with more advanced features such as a built-in digital thermometer.

Below are some of the tubs and bathing devices available on the market:

1. Basic Infant Tubs

These tubs are slightly sloped at an angle to provide the baby comfort in laying back like in an infant car seat. Most of them are lined with foam, preventing them from slipping. They also support them to relax as they sit up in a slightly upright position.

2. Tubs with Mesh Slings

Baby bath tubs are usually designed with internal nylon mesh which serve as support slings to cradle newborns. Most of them are created so that the slings can be removed when they are no longer needed. There are also designs with rods to support the slings. But a better choice would be slicks that are like hammocks which do not need rods for support.

3. Convertible

These are convenient tubs that your child can use for a long time. These convertible tubs are built so that they grow with the child. They have features that are both useful and safe for infants and other feature that makes them large enough to hold an older child of around 6 months or older. Make sure you check the maximum weight specifications.

4. Sink or Tub Sling Inserts

These are covered in fabric. They are similar to bouncy seats for babies. The fabric is stretched over a frame while the sling retains its purpose of supporting the baby in an inclined position. These do not include a bathtub.

5. Collapsible to Use in Adult Tub

This one is designed so that it folds up and can be used in a regular bath tub. This is convenient for travelling, but make sure it is stable and does not leak before buying one. You can ask to try it out with a small amount of water.

6. Collapsible to Use in Sink

Some of these unfold so that they become completely flat and are designed to fit into a sink which provides structure and holds the tub in place. However, these types aren’t meant to fit in an adult’s bath tub.

7. “Spa” Tubs

This is a more sophisticated type of tub. It has a battery-operated unit which generates a swirling of the water and creates bubbles. There are types that include a mini-fresh-water-shower nozzle for rinsing your baby.

But a spa is not something your baby needs to experience at this age, so you have to think it through before you purchase an expensive tub like this one. After all, you aren’t really sure if your baby would be comfortable with the swirling, however safe the shower feature may be.

8. “Modern” Tubs

These look similar to a miniature bathtub for adults. But they aren’t used for an infant. According to online reviews, these are better used with toddlers and many think these are a bit slippery and do not have enough firm support.

When to Stop Using Baby Bath Tub

When to Stop Using Baby Bath Tub

After some time of getting used to baby baths, you might suddenly realize you’ll be needing a much more appropriate vessel to wash your baby. Usually, babies are ready for bath tubs at around 6 months, when they are capable of sitting up and supporting themselves on their own.

But of course, there are a lot of factors involved in why you haven’t switched to a baby bathtub yet. It might be because your baby is a little too small, or she can still fit inside the bath comfortably even at one year of age. It could also be that you’re afraid she doesn’t have complete control of her body yet, so you think it would be safer not to switch.

It could also be that you want to save water, so you stick to a small baby bath. You know your baby more than anyone else, so choose whatever you think is comfortable for her.

But if it is still difficult for you to figure out this choice on your own, here are some helpful tips:

1. Transitioning to the Tub

There’s a big difference between a small baby bath and a bit larger bathtub that your baby will probably notice. You have to put the baby gently into the bathtub to transition. But make sure that you’ve been recently using the baby bath only in the bathroom for a while to familiarize your child with the environment before putting her in the regular bath tub. This will help the child in deciding which bath she is more comfortable with, without any other external factors.

Keep in mind that the first few times in the new tub can be a little scary. This is true, especially if your child doesn’t like bathing in the first place, or more so, when she is used in a European-style tub which is a lot more constricting than the conventional ones.

2. Take Appropriate Safety Measures

During bath time, if the phone rings and you thought it was a very important call, would you leave the baby unattended and pick up the phone? To avoid these kinds of circumstances where you have to quickly decide on an action, you have to make sure you have everything you need within your reach so you don’t have to turn your back on your baby. You don’t want any accidents during this time of the day. Never leave your child unsupervised, no matter how safe you think it is.

The environment should be warm, but the water should feel a little cooler than your ideal temperature. You can add water to the tub by just an inch or two. You can add more water as your child grows and is more capable of controlling their body.

3. Ease Back Pain

One factor parents consider when switching from baby baths to a bigger tub is the hassle of bending over and causing major back pain. But you actually don’t have to be worried at all. You can use the kitchen sink so you can stand and minimize pressure on your back. But this depends on how large or small your baby is.

However, if your child isn’t small enough to fit in the sink with the tub, you just have to keep your baths short, as long as you get the job done well.

4. Use a Bath Seat

The safest and most certain moment for transition is to wait for your baby until she can finally sit up on her own. If you still want to be certain about your baby’s safety, you can resort to using a bath seat.

Aside from supporting your baby, bath seats can also be used to prevent them from laying down in the water as they move freely.

Whether you have finally decided to stick to the baby bath or to switch to bigger baby bathtubs, now would still be the best time to pick a baby bathtub because you might want to keep up with your baby’s growth after she’s outgrown her baby bath.

Keep in mind that when you start shopping, it is completely normal that any tub you buy will be totally awkward during the first use. One reason is because your baby might be a little startled by the temperature changes and even shallow water. So you don’t have to rush transition or decide your baby’s not ready yet. It will take some time.

Baby Bath Essentials: How to Store a Baby Bath Tub

Baby Bath Essentials: How to Store a Baby Bath Tub

One of the most important tasks in bathing is keeping a very clean bath tub for your baby. It is essential that these bath tubs are disinfected when you use them. Bath products or soap scum build up will be less likely to develop this way. This will also save you time for the preparations of your next bath time with baby. Below are simple and easy-to-follow steps to keep baby’s bathtub clean and disinfected.

What You’ll Need

  • Liquid dish soap
  • Hot water
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Small spray bottle
  • Paper towels

Instructions

  • Before cleaning the bathtub, different factors should be considered first. For one, important liquids should be available for the task such as hot water, soap, baking soda and white vinegar. For drying the bath tub, you must also prepare paper towels or a cloth. And one last thing is a small spray bottle to completely clean the surface of the tub.
  • It is not that hard to clean a baby bath tub. First you have to thoroughly mix the dish soap and hot water to remove dirt and soap scum on the surface of the tub. For dust that is a bit harder to remove, you can use the baking soda for more effective cleaning and better result. Note that it is best applied when combined well with water paste.
  • After rubbing the sides of the tub with pastes, rub it well with a damp paper towel. Rinse the bathtub thoroughly with warm water, then wipe it dry again with the paper towel or soft cloth.
  • Now, fill the spray bottle with equal amounts of white vinegar and water. Mix them well. Vinegar is fairly strong in removing dust, defeating different types of dirt, and is a natural disinfectant making the tub clean. And it does not leave behind residues. With this mixture, you will be able to remove dirt inside the tub without introducing any chemicals reactions. If you’re worried about the smell, you should not be. It will only last until the vinegar dries after 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Finally, wipe down the baby’s bathtub with a damp bounty paper towel. Let it dry, then hang it in its appropriate place for the next use.
  • It is also fine to clean a baby bathtub before using it. But doing this will provide risks of having a difficult time cleaning it. It would be best to disinfect and clean baby’s tub after use.

 Tips

There are also considerations in choosing materials for cleaning the baby bathtub for small, yet worthwhile benefits. One of the best options is the combination of a scrubber with dish soap and vinegar. Below are reasons why:

1. Cheap

Vinegar, dish soap, scrub brush, and the scrubbing head on the brush are all inexpensive.

2. On hand

You can always find vinegar in the kitchen. And also, you can use these combinations for cleaning any other materials in the house. You can also buy dish soap in bulk at stores, and they can be conveniently refillable.

3. Fast

Cleaning with these combinations is a lot easier and faster since they remove stains and dirt. They also disinfect in no time at all.

4. Safe

Since it does not provide any chemical reactions, you don’t have to worry about your baby’s skin and safety when bathing her with vinegar-cleaned bathtub. They can freely move and scrub the tub whenever they want. Bathing can then be so much fun when you don’t have to worry about the chemicals. This is especially safe for pregnant women because this is even better and safer than scented cleaners.

5. Effective

This combination of dish soap, scrubber, and vinegar has better results than any ready-made and scented cleaners. Cleaning tubs has never been this easy.

A variety of baby bath tubs is widely available on the market today. Some are plastic, others are inflatable just to keep up with the users’ demands and higher needs. All you have to do now is choose the most suitable bath tub that will match both your budget and requirement.

At the end of the day, what’s more important is keeping a clean and comfortable baby bathtub for your precious little one. A clean bathtub will not just keep her safe and healthy, but will also add up to one of your many wonderful moments with your baby.

Do I Need a Baby Bathtub?

Do I Need a Baby Bathtub?

One of the many challenges a new parent has to look forward to is learning how to safely bathe their baby. Some parents are usually tempted to use the sink to bath their babies because they fear there might be bath tub accidents and resorting to bathing the baby in the sink would reduce the possibility of these accidents. But they fail to realize that this option creates another set of risks as well.

Weighing your options, you’ll be surprised why the best method is to use a baby bath tub. Using the sink can be less hygienic which, for the record, is right next to the baby’s safety on the top priority list.

The good thing about newborn babies is that they don’t tend to get very dirty. Food mishaps, baby drools, potty accidents, and other little things are not much of a mess, and so babies this age are fairly clean. This makes bathing a little bit easier for the parent. You might find it better and more comfortable on your part to bathe your babies in the shower or sink.

However, in order to not compromise the safety and hygiene of the baby, resorting to a fairly inexpensive baby bathtub would be the best option. Some of its obvious benefits are preventing your baby from slipping when leaning, and the contoured head rest will keep the baby’s head above the water.

A baby bath tub will save you the trouble of muscle pains from bending and squatting when bathing your baby. Also, it prevents you from wasting too much water.

For first time parents, it would be wise to have these kinds of things prepared before giving birth. Why? When coming home from the hospital, the first few weeks after giving birth can be very tiring. That is why being prepared for the baby is very convenient in all aspects.

It is important that you have already decided in advance to choose and your baby’s bathtub along with its accessories. This is especially important for those mothers who have had a Caesarean section upon giving birth.

If you’re thinking about how much it’ll cost you, don’t. Cost is not a problem at all. There are a variety of designs for reasonable prices available. Some may only cost around $20. Other cheaper versions are also available online. You can find them at credible online retailers such as eBay or Amazon. These sites sell unused baby bathtubs that are probably surplus stock.

Bath tubs come in many sizes and colors. Some have built in extras which either helps in monitoring water temperature or those that are only for the baby’s amusements. There are tubs that are designed to fit in the kitchen sink and some to fit in full-sized adult bathtubs. There are also some with slings for newborns and drain plugs for easy water drainage.

With the different bath tubs on the market, it might be difficult for you to decide which one to buy. One important thing you should consider when buying is what is ideal for your baby. The one you think would make her love bath time in no time at all. It is recommended that you choose tubs that are BPA-free. Look for baby bathtubs that are slip-resistant and equipped with a digital thermometer.

Different features for every bathtub invite more and more buyers to come and try their designs. Some have thermometers that are very useful in controlling water temperature for a more comfortable baby bath.

Sidewall drains also vary with design to make draining a lot easier. These features may be tempting to the eyes but the difference is fairly negligible. Be wise enough to compare prices in stores and even online for better options.

When your baby turns 6 months old, then it is also probably time to switch to a bigger type of bathtub. Always read product reviews if you want to try out other baby bathtub designs. You don’t have to buy the most expensive one. These types aren’t always the good ones.

At the end of the day, your baby’s safety and hygiene should always be your top priority when considering designs of a baby bathtub. When you weigh your options well in choosing the best baby bath tub for your baby, the price will not matter.

Baby Shower Gift Ideas: How to Wrap a Baby Bathtub

Baby Shower Gift Ideas: How to Wrap a Baby Bathtub

A baby bathtub is a perfect idea for baby shower gift. However, baby bathtubs are awfully big, and you will find it difficult to wrap. Some would resort to not wrapping it at all, filling the tub with smaller items such as a gift basket or simply wrap it in cellophane.

However, if you insist on wrapping it the conventional way, it would be best to wrap it still in the box or if the baby bathtub does not originally have its own box upon purchase, then you can buy a new box large enough to contain the tub. With the bathtub placed inside the box, you’ll find it very easy to wrap the box now. If you can’t find any box at all, then you can wrap it using plenty of wrapping paper.

Things You’ll Need

  • Transparent tape
  • Large roll of wrapping paper
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Scissors

Steps

1. Roll out the wrapping paper on the floor so that at least 6 feet of the paper is unrolled.

2. Now, place the baby bathtub in the middle of the rolled-out paper such that the longer sides of the item are in parallel with the longer sides of the paper.

3. Pull the cut end over the top of the tub to tape it to the sides of the tub itself. Pull the roll end over the top until it overlaps the taped end. Now, to tape down the roll end, cut it off of the roll.

4. Fold the top, bottom, and sides of the wrapping paper on one side and tape to the side of the baby bathtub. Do the same on the other side. You must’ve used up all the cut piece of the wrapping paper by now.4.

5. You can roll out the unrolled paper on the floor again and put the partly-wrapped tub again in the middle, but this time facing the bathtub crosswise with sides facing the ends.

6. Pull and tape down one end over the top of the bathtub. Do the same on the other end by cutting it from the roll.

7. Fold the edges of the wrap on the sides of the baby bathtub to give it a clean look before taping it down.

8. To finish wrapping, wrap a large ribbon around the tub crosswise and lengthwise then tape it in place. Finally, you can attach a bow to the top of the ribbon with the transparent tape.

Tips and Warnings

  • If you want the baby bathtub wrapped such that it is still in its precise shape, when you pull the paper over the top to tape, push the paper into the basin.
  • Sometimes, when you wrap an irregularly shaped object, tiny areas may remain unwrapped. If you want these areas in your ‘wrapped’ baby bathtub, you can cut small pieces of the same wrapping paper and tape them over the exposed areas.

What to Buy

Before wrapping your gift, you might want to put some thought into the exact type of bath tub you’ll be giving away. Here are the different types of baby bath tubs that you can choose from.

1. Convertible tubs

  • These tubs are designed to grow with the baby from newborn to their toddler days. That is, with a few adjustments, your toddler can still use the same tub.
  • Its distinct feature is its removable sling and hammock that keeps your baby closer to you and higher in the water. When the baby grows up a few months, and is old enough to sit on her own, you can remove the insert to make more room for the baby.
  • However, if the bath tub doesn’t have a hammock or sling, make sure that it has a slight incline to support your younger baby when lying in a slightly upright position.

2. Hard Plastic Tubs

  • These types of tubs are easy to clean with some having a mildew-resistant foam lining.
  • A contoured, smooth shape would be a best choice to make your baby a lot more comfortable when leaning on the tub.
  • Make sure that it has a plug at the base so that water can be drained out easily.
  • Additionally, a hook or suction cup comes in handy so it can be hung up in the bathroom wall when not in use.

3. Foldable tubs

  • When you’re thinking of taking your baby on an outing or travelling, these types of tubs will be the best options. They are very convenient for storing and carrying. However, they may not be as solid and firm.

Other Options

1. Baby bath seats

  • These additions can be used once your baby is old enough to sit up without your assistance. However, Consumer Reports does not think this is a safe idea. Children may tip over and can drown.
  • The same goes for an inflatable bathtub, especially when it is placed in an adult tub containing water. It is always wise to consider the baby’s safety more than anything else.

2. Inflatable neck rings

  • This looks like a pool float that is designed to fit around the baby’s neck and keep her head above the water. This is one of the latest bath products on the market.
  • Aside from a recall of the most popular brands in 2015, no safety issues have been reported by the US Consumer Product Safety and Consumer Reports yet.

3. Baby “spa tubs”

  • These tubs aren’t necessary, but some parents find them enjoyable for the baby. This includes other upscale models with bells, whistles, and also temperature monitors, water jets, and handheld shower units.
Baby Bath Essentials: How to Use Baby Bath Tub

Baby Bath Essentials: How to Use Baby Bath Tub

Cute as they may seem, babies can be messy. That is why bath-time might be a frequent event in your home. However, it is absolutely necessary to learn how to do it easily and safely. Why? Aside from the fact that learning how to do it properly will make bath-time as safe as possible for the baby, it can also save time.

Every parent will understand the struggles of learning how to comfortably handle a tiny person getting in and out of a little tub. Of course, the pressure is on you in making sure that the baby is happy, satisfied and comfortable with her first real bath.

When you can finally learn how it is properly done, it will become one of her favorite times of the day. You’ll be surprised how the sound of running water will paint excitement in her expressions. You’ll find yourself drawn to the scent of a freshly bathed baby bundled in a towel.

So, how do you get your baby’s bath ready? The following are the main things that need to be considered in setting up your little one’s bath.

1. Temperature

Before the baby is put in, the bath water should be comfortably warm, but avoid making it too hot. To do this, cold water should be poured in the bath first before adding the hot water. Make sure the water is thoroughly mixed and there aren’t any hotspots left to avoid the risk of scalding the baby. The temperature of the water changes quickly when the water is still running, so it is important to note that you don’t put the baby in at this point.

  • You can use a thermometer to be accurate about the temperature of the water in the bath when checking. You can buy a variety of thermometers such as a mat or a piece of bath equipment. Thermometers commonly indicate 37 degrees to 38 degrees C, which are ideal ranges of temperatures and also close to body temperatures.
  • Another easy way to check the bath water temperature is by using your elbow instead of your hand in gauging the temperature. You just have to make sure the water feels right.

2. Depth

For new born babies, and babies up to six months, the water should be about 13 cm or 5 inches deep. The water should be deep enough that the baby’s shoulders are completely covered in water.

In a sitting position for children and babies above six months, the water should not be higher than their waist. And babies should never be put in when the water is still running to safely control the depth of the water.

3. Position

Hold the baby firmly just below her bottom with one hand as you lower her into the bath, place your free arm under the back of her neck and shoulders. Once your baby is settled in the bath, use the hand that was supporting her butt to wash and gently swish the water around. Don’t lose your firm hold of the baby with the other hand so you can keep her head above the water.

  • You can use both of your hands for washing your baby if you decide to use a bath support.
  • A bath cradle is best recommended if your baby is not able to sit up yet.
  • You can choose to use a bath seat for babies old enough to sit up.

Baby Bath Tub Safety Tips

  • A baby is ready for her bath in the tub when her umbilical cord stump has dried up and fallen off. A baby this age gets very dirty less frequently and she will only need bath time a few times a week.
  • Usually, six-month-old babies are old enough to sit up securely on their own and are ready for a slightly bigger bath tub. At this age, they are normally enjoying bath time and a bigger tub would give them room to play.
  • Babies can easily drown in a few inches of water, so you need to keep an eye on your baby at all times.
  • You can take her with you, wrapped in a towel, if you have to pick up a really important call, but it would be better of you let the answering machine pick it up and tend to it afterwards.
  • Set the water heater beforehand to 120 degrees F so that she won’t get scalded if she accidentally turns the handle for hot water.
Large Baby Bath: Top 5

Large Baby Bath: Top 5

In the past, bath time for babies is usually done in the kitchen sink. It’s deep, large enough to move your baby around, and readily available. Nowadays, your baby can enjoy bath time in his own little tub. Baby bath tubs are available in different styles and design that can make bath time fun for your child while making the task easier for the parents as well.

Baby bath tubs are usually made of plastic or foam. Some tubs are designed solely for infant use, while other bath tubs can be used from birth all the way to toddlerhood. Tubs for infants usually have a convenient spot where the baby can be placed flat. On the other hand, tubs for older infants to toddlers are larger and designed to keep them contained while sitting.

A large baby bath can make things easier for you and more enjoyable for your little one. To help you choose, here’s a list of the top 5 large baby bath:

PRIMO EuroBath

This basin type of baby bathtub is budget-friendly and can be used by your little one from birth up to 2 years old. This tub is quite large (37.2 x 10 x 21.2 inches) which can make storage tricky especially if you have limited space.

However, don’t let its size intimidate you, PRIMO’s EuroBath is among the most cost-effective tubs available. It has a unique, 2-position design where you can bathe you child, as an infant, on side in a reclining position where your baby is gently supported at the back and secured on the sides so you can use both of your hands to bathe him.

Once your baby’s able to sit up straight on his own, you may now switch to the other side of the tub. On this side, the back is still supported and the contoured seat between the legs will prevent your baby from slipping into the water.

Hoppop Bato Tub

This stylish tub for your toddler has an old Victorian vibe to it and offers a relaxing bath time for your child. Aside from being aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, it has a number of useful features that would make bath time easy and safe for your little one. Much like an adult’s bath tub, it has high walls to support the back and your baby can rest his arms on the sides for additional support.

It has a drain plug to make emptying the tub quick and easy as well as a removable liner. A unique feature this tub offers is its insulated walls. In between the removable liner and the outside wall is a space to keep the water inside warmer for a longer period of time. It is available in different colors.

Munchkin Inflatable Safety Tub

This cute, duck-designed inflatable tub is affordable, spacious and can be easily brought along during family outings. Older babies will appreciate its vibrant yellow, rubber ducky design. Several features worth noting would be the heat-sensitive dot at the bottom of the tub which will tell you if the water is too hot for your baby to handle. To support the back of your tot, the pillowy tail is high enough to cushion his back while sitting upright.

It also has a ridged bottom surface to prevent from any slippage and just long enough that if slippage does occur, your baby won’t get fully submerged easily. Setting up the tub is fairly easy to do either manually or with the use of an electric pump. Deflating it is also quick as well. It fits most tub and you can secure it in place or hang it to dry in your bathroom with the suction cup included.

Stokke® Flexi Bath®

This foldable baby bath can be used by children 0 to 4 years old. It is portable and can be easily set up and stored. For newborns, they have an optional Newborn Support sold separately for additional comfort. For the underside, rubber footings are placed to keep the bath in place when using it on slippery or wet surfaces.

If you travel a lot, this lightweight and portable baby bath will be very useful. Although caution is advised when using it with older infants who move a lot during bath time as it can be tipped over with enough force.

The Bibabath

Make bath time more enjoyable with the Bibabath foldable bath tub. For kids with siblings, the Bibath is large enough to accommodate two tots at a time. It is compact and lightweight. You can place it in your shower stall or move bath time outside for a mini-pool experience. It also features a built-in drain for easier cleaning.

Types of Baby Bath Tubs

Types of Baby Bath Tubs

There are many types of baby bath tubs, most tubs are usually made of plastic, lightweight and can be carried around easily so you can put it anywhere you need it to be. Baby bath tubs are designed differently depending on how and where you want to bathe your little one. Some baby bath tubs are fancy while some just feature the basics. All these are usually considered based on personal preference.

Different types of baby bath tubs

Baby tubs come in various shapes and sizes. Some types may be limited to a specific age range and can be easily outgrown while some are designed to be used until later.  Here are some of the most common ones you will see:

Basic Plastic Tub

This tub has a very simple design and is mostly used for young infants who still need to have their backs supported or are still unable to sit up straight. It features a slope inside where you can lay your baby on a reclining position which supports the back. Some of these tubs are lined with some foam to prevent slippage as well as offer comfort for the baby to relax.

Sink Inserts

To make bathing easier in the kitchen or bathroom sink, a flexible sink insert will be useful. It molds into the sink and you can stand comfortably while bathing your baby. It’s convenient to use and can be stored easily as it does not require too much space.  This type is usually used from birth up to 4-6 months.

Hammock Tub

This tub is designed with a cradle-like, nylon mesh inside to support the head and whole body so you can use both hands to bathe your baby. Some tubs have attachable slings for infants which can be removed to accommodate a sitting toddler. Other slings are large and strong enough to hold an older child. On most hammock tubs, the mesh support is just attached to the tub itself and can be removed when not needed.

Convertible Tub

This type is popular for being cost-effective as it is designed to grow with your baby. On one side of this tub is a reclined slope to bathe your baby suitable from birth up to 6 months. From about 6 month onwards, when your child is able to sit upright, you can now move to the other side of the tub where another space is provided designed for a sitting tot but still with some support on the back.

Cushion Tub

If your house has a bath tub, you can use this one to create a little tub for your baby. Just fill your tub and place the cushion inside and the water will seep through the fabric creating a sectioned-off tub for your baby.

Inflatable Tub

Inflatable tubs are like mini pools that need to be inflated first before using and you can fit it in most tubs. However, this type is usually for older babies who are able to sit up, not for young infants. It is also not as durable compared to other tubs. But, if your family likes to travel a lot, an inflatable tub will surely come in handy.

Fold Up, Collapsible Tub

This is a compact and portable bathtub for babies much like the inflatable, but without the air. Some collapsible tubs are big and usually designed for use inside a regular tub or in a shower stall. There are also smaller ones that can fit in a sink. A collapsible tub is lightweight and easy to set up. This is also a good choice if you have limited storage space.

Bucket Tub

Literally a bucket – this type keeps the baby upright with just the right amount of water to keep the body immersed. It mimics the closeness that the mother’s womb provides which can offer a calming feeling to young infants who are uncomfortable of bathing. Some models are even big enough to have a built-in seat inside to keep your little one more comfortable while playing and bathing.

Battery-operated Tubs

This type is more of a splurge and luxury type of baby bath tub that offers some of the basic features a typical bathroom has and more. Depending on the model, some of these very modern baby bath tubs have mini-showers that lets you rinse off your baby with fresh water from a reservoir.

Some models can also create bubbling or swirling water movements like the ones in the spa, or jets that can move the water. With these high-tech features, you would expect this baby bath tub to be heavier and more expensive than the others.