When you are a new parents, bathing baby for the first time can be a really nerve wracking experience with lots of things to think about all at once – is the water the right temperature, how do I hold baby, will they get upset and stressed? It's a juggling act!
There are things you can do to take away some of the stress and worry. Here are Shnuggle’s top tips for a happy bath time.* When you and baby are ready for bathtime make sure you have all the essentials within arms reach before you start – towel, baby shampoo, nappy, clothes and any creams or lotions you may like to use. We recommend the Cuddledry Apron Towel as it keeps hands free for bathing and lifting and keeps you dry baby stays warm and tenderly wrapped so everyone is happy and calm!
* Place your baby bath on a flat, secure surface (preferably a waterproof space especially if you have a bouncy baby who loves splashing 😊). Make sure you are in a room that isn’t too cold
* The ideal water temperature to bath your baby is 36.4 degrees Celsius which you can check with a bath thermometer before setting baby into the bath. Use the Skip Hop Moby to ensure the water isn't too hot or cold for your little one. When not in use it suctions to any tiled surface PLUS it doubles as a bath toy!
* Place baby into the bath and let them get used to the water before washing them. Maybe pour some water over their shoulders and chest to warm them up.
When washing baby start with baby’s face and ears, working down to neck, shoulders, elbows, fingers, knees and toes. Be careful not to miss any of those delightful baby creases or between fingers and toes.
* After bathing gently pat baby dry, and again be careful not to miss any creases/folds of skin where moisture can gather. Bathtime should be at a time of day when both you and baby are most relaxed. For some people this can be before bed as it can create a calm and relaxing atmosphere, but if another time of day works better then its best to just go with the flow.
How can the Shnuggle Bath help?
Designed by parents to three, Sinead and Adam are very familiar with the trickiness of bath time. They designed the clever bum bump in the base of the bath to help secure baby, the foam backrest to keep baby cosy and the compact shape to help keep the water warmer for longer.
For newborns, you will have to support them and they cannot support themselves but as baby grows, the less support you will need to give as the bath’s bum bump will support them sitting up, meaning you will have free hands to interact and wash baby.
Suitable up to 12 months + so Shnuggle will keep your little water baby happy right through to toddlerhood!
The multi-award winning Shnuggle Bath makes an excellent practical baby shower gift!