Posted in Bathing, Newborns
Anonymous

Any tips on getting a newborn at 5 weeks to enjoy her bath? Mine still cries. I use the baby tub where baby sits in it and the water drains. Should I let her sit in some warm water?

  • Tiana
    Sep 09, 2017

    I took a bath with the baby. Lay baby on your thighs. Her feet pointing to your feet, the natural incline of your thighs will keep her covered in warm water but her face well away from the water

  • Christine
    Sep 10, 2017

    Warm water indeed!

  • Tara
    Sep 10, 2017

    Took a while for mine to love her bath too. Gently steaming the bath room first, because with mine, once she took to the bath, she cried when she came out. We sang to her, somewhat manically as she cried, and also speeded drying and dressing and went straight on the boob. By 8 weeks, she began to love being and was fine going out. We also have a ritual of wrapping her up in the towel, when putting her in, counting to three... saying bye bye to toys (introduced around 7/8 weeks too) and counting to three to come out etc. Didn't make a difference at first but we still do it as it's become our ritual... hang in there!

  • Sara
    Sep 10, 2017

    My first hated the bath so I'd just try to keep it super quick at that age - I also always kept a warm wash cloth and laid it over her like a blanket and constantly poured the warm water on it to keep her warm. I used another one to clean her. Don't worry - they will start to love the bath!

  • Nikola
    Sep 10, 2017

    Warm up the room like crazy before. We had a heater running for 10-15 minutes before bath time and stripped down because we started to sweat as soon as we entered the room.

  • Ashly
    Sep 10, 2017

    My son hated bath time until he was about 5 months- it will pass.

  • Crystal
    Sep 10, 2017

    my daughter loved the soft bath flower that you put in the sink. she hated all the tubs. can find at Wal-Mart. target and babies are us for around 20-25. we used it up to 14 months. but she is a tiny baby

  • Courtney
    Sep 10, 2017

    Our lil guy got happier in the bath when we started letting the water flow the whole time (we have the draining tub too). Maybe he was getting too cold?

  • Courtney
    Sep 10, 2017

    When I bathe my 5 week old I put him in a tub like yours and I wet a wash cloth with the warm water and lay it on him. Throughout the bath I will keep dipping it in the water to keep him warm. He totally relaxes now.

  • Susie
    Sep 10, 2017

    Any tips on getting my 4 year old to enjoy his bath? My guy loved baths when he was a baby because he was covered in water in a Puj tub. He loved to splash and was warm.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 10, 2017

    I also bathe with my babies until they are old enough to sit up in the tub and play. If baby feels too slippery, try it with you wearing a bathing suit so YOU are grippier. 🙂 I'm surprised by the 4yo who doesn't love bath time. My kids (2&5) could play in the bath, together or alone, for hours if I let them. I think our record was 2 hours because my back got tired of sitting in the bathroom chair supervising them!

  • Rena
    Sep 11, 2017

    I use the flower blossom with my daughter you can pit it in the sink or lay it in the tub , my son enjoyed the little baby tub of let.him lay in it with some warm water coatikng the bottom and he would always kick and splash the whole time.... Maybe you should leave some warm water in there with a warm washcloth on top of.him

  • Megan
    Sep 11, 2017

    Mine hated it at 1st. Once i was able to let her be in more water and her tub within the bathtub she liked it more. She was getting cold which made her cry. Then she started getting in the shower with us.

  • Marie
    Sep 11, 2017

    I use lavedar scented and I sing or talk to my newborn...she used to cry the first couple of times and it helped...I use fairly warm water and I keep sponging her up too so she get used to the water

  • Anonymous
    Sep 11, 2017

    If you try fancy scents, pay attention to baby's reaction. Lavender gives me migraines (I think it may be genetic like the cilantro-soap thing because I know lots of people who react to lavender with headaches.)

  • Heather
    Sep 11, 2017

    A warm washcloth on her tummy to keep her warm might help

  • Elspeth
    Sep 11, 2017

    I put my kids in swim diapers and took a bath WITH them. They came to associate baths with cuddles and nursing and quickly learned to love them.

  • Brushme
    Sep 14, 2017

    My baby would cry during baths until we started making the water hotter. Try adjusting the water temperature.

  • Gayle
    Sep 14, 2017

    Just a clarification. Is *all* the water draining out of the tub? Like you're basically just hosing down the baby? The baby is supposed to be sitting in warm water, otherwise she'll be cold. Check to make sure (1) she's sitting in plenty of water (as much as you can without drowning her) and (2) the water is the right temperature. There are baby bath thermometers that light red/green to indicate the temperature, but those have quite a big range. The water might be too cold. My friend had this issue with her newborn and it was because she was hosing him down with 70 degree water. Once she realized her mistake and let the baby sit in warm water, he loved it.

  • Tiana
    Sep 14, 2017

    We use the shnuggle tub that fully immersed him up to his armpits as a small baby, and now goes to the top of his belly. I and he were not a fan of a shallow bathtub that required frequent wetting or a washcloth on their chest