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.