Oh, hello adorable soapy baby. Let me smell your head.
Is there anything better than a freshly bathed baby? I didn’t think so. Gathering up Baby Lamb right before bedtime when he smells like baby shampoo and lotion is one of my non-guilty pleasures as a new mommy. Completely calorie-free treat.
When we first ventured into the horrific information overload that is purchasing supplies for care and upkeep of one’s very own baby, the whole bathtime thing was kind of a big “huh?”. I knew we’d need soap and washcloths and something to keep Lamb from splitting his skull open on the faucet. Beyond that…. do we want a bath seat? a bath pad? a puj? a bloomin bath? a tub? and the biggest question of all….. why do they make spa/whirlpool tubs for infants…?
It was feeling a little complicated.
So we got this:
And I totally know what you’re thinking.
People, do you expect me to pay good money for a glorified bucket?
Absolutely NOT. This is a magic bucket. Plus I got it at a consignment store for 50% less than online, so I was willing to give it a try. I knew they had the big box stores on the island and if Baby Lamb hated the Tummy Tub, I was not screwed.
But as it turns out, I love this thing! Mr. Brownie needed some convincing but Baby Lamb will happily hang out in the tub for a good 20 minutes after getting his head scrubbed. I could wax poetic about this tub. But I digress.
And of course, me being me, I have a complete little system for bathing my squirmy baby.
That’s all I use. The Tummy Tub, baby wash, a squirt bottle, a scalp brush, and washcloths.
The squirt bottle I use is actually a peri-bottle they gave me at the hospital. But before you get super grossed out…. Yeah, not the same one I used on myself… For whatever reason, they gave me 3 or 4 of them. Anywho, I like it because it’s like a combo between a squirt and spray. If you’ve had a baby, you know. I fill it with warm clear water before we begin the dunking. After scrubbing him, I give him a quick rinse when we’re done.
The scalp brush we also got from the hospital. I ripped the sponge off of it because sponges gross me out. You can buy them on Amazon here. I have seen a saddening number of infants and toddlers with gross, terrible cradle cap and am therefore very vigilant about my child’s scalp. When he started that terrible peeling stage after being born, I nearly cried. But one quick little scrub later, voila!
Washcloths are super self-explanatory but I keep one dry for drying his hair off really quick before I get him out. There is only so much time after he emerges from the bath before the threat of getting peed on becomes REAL, folks. And I hate leaving his hair cold, wet, and drippy.
And that’s the end of our story. I love babies. I love bathing babies. I love smelling them after bathing them!