Bathing

Get and share advice about keeping your child clean, including baby bath basics, baby bathtubs, bath safety and skin care.

Leslie posted in Bathing May 14

Bath drain stoppers for bath time

Any suggestions for bath tub drain stoppers that stay in place? My 12 month old son has figured out how to twist ours off during bath time and it’s a constant battle to get him to not drain the water every second.

  • PK
    May 15

    I don’t have a recommendation for a bath drain stopper but we have a baby bath dam. It helps us conserve water but also keeps the bath area away from the drain and spout so we never had to worry about a plug or spout protector. My son stays in the area and is pretty good about not knocking the dam over. It’s easy to use and works really well for us. You just have to have the right kind of batht... More

Annie posted in Bathing May 09

Sudden fear of the bath

My daughter used to love taking baths. She’d splash around and play with toys and often wouldn’t want to get out. It seemed like immediately after she turned one she started to hate them. She refuses to sit down and keeps grabbing at me to pull her out. No toy works, I change the temp in case that’s the reason and no temp works. The struggle is so bad that my ceiling below the tub is getting wa... More

  • Tiana
    May 10

    Have you tried other ways of washing her? Eg: paddling pool play, shower, letting her hold the shower head and washing shaving foam off the walls within the bath tub enclosure? Getting in with her. Getting toys specific to bath time, getting a baby doll that “needs a bath” and letting her get in the tub to help baby. I’ve also had success with silicone hand mits when washing my child’s body and... More

  • Anonymous
    May 11

    Definitely happened here! My son had gone though that a couple times! We do bath every night as part of our bedtime routine so I continued it every day until he was back on bored. Maybe try new toys? Try Different temp (dramatically cooler or dramatically warmer)? Try turning on the shower? Singing a bath song? Playing music on your phone? I find consistency is more important than giving up o... More

Nikki posted in Bathing Apr 18

We are renovating a bath. He wants a standing shower, I think we need a tub with a LO. Thoughts?

  • Yanis
    Apr 20

    My husband pushed for a stand up shower, and we got one 😐. It took a little bit of time getting our daughter used to it. She doesn’t play as much as she did in the tub. I have a mini inflatable pool that I’m going to put in there just so she can enjoy herself a little more. Also, we are having another baby and it kind of sucks not having the tub.

  • PK
    Apr 20

    Get a tub... we are in the middle of doing our bathrooms. The first bathroom out of commission was the one with the tub so I had to take showers with my son and it was so traumatizing. He loves water! But not the shower. It took us 2 weeks to finish the bathroom with the tub in it and our son never got used to the shower. He would cry each time at night when he knew it was time to shower. Cry d... More

Anonymous posted in Bathing Apr 17

1 year old suddenly hates the bath

Any tips for a baby that used to do fine and now hates the bath?

  • Raji
    Apr 18

    My daughter also went through a similar phase; she would scream bloody murder throughout the whole bath. Then, she was fine after a few weeks. During this time, water over her head and face was the worst. See if that is the case n try to get through it fast.

  • Kristen
    Apr 18

    My daughter did the same thing. She loves water, except for a couple of weeks when she was a year old. It was like torture. Grew out of it quickly.

Anonymous posted in Bathing Apr 13

Two kiddos close in age- bath routine?

In a few months I will have a newborn and a 2 year old. For those with kiddos close in age, how do you manage bath time with two? Once they’re older I know it’s easier. But I’m more so asking about the first few months when my littlest one will be tiny. Should I give them baths separately or try to do it all at once (saving time/energy). Just trying to get an idea of what my new “routine” could... More

  • Anne
    Apr 18

    I don’t think gender matters for bath time when they’re so young. I have a son (2) and daughter (8 mo). I’m not sure when kids start noticing. My son is more interested in playing with his bath toys than, thankfully.

  • Rick
    Apr 26

    Mine love to bathe together. I just close the shower curtain and let them play. (After they’re clean of course.)

Jenn posted in Bathing Apr 10

Keeping Bath Toys Clean or Closing the Holes

So my LO loves those squeezy bath toys that suck up and squirt out water, but even with trying to always get all the water out, they grow mold and are disgusting. I tried hot gluing the openings closed but my little mechanical engineer figured out how to get that off in a second. Any tips on how to keep them clean or close the holes up??

  • Ivy
    Apr 10

    I actually cut slits in them so they dry better

Anonymous posted in Bathing Apr 07

Fears

My son is now 25 months. Right around when he was about to turn 2 he started to develop some fears of the shower which impacts his ability to enjoy the bath. This happened after my 4 year old turned the shower on him. My 2 year old now HATES the bath. However, it goes in waves- 2 weeks of hate on, 3 weeks off etc., we are currently experiencing the worst bath fear yet. He’s also severely afra... More

  • Megan
    Apr 12

    I’d let him play with the shower nob and let him turn it on and off himself so he knows how it works. Then if he’s still scared, maybe let him tape it down for his bath so he knows it won’t be turned on.

Katie posted in Bathing Apr 03

Honest Baby

Has anyone experienced their honest baby soap change colors. We got so much baby soap for my baby shower 4 years ago. I am just now getting to the Honest Baby sweet vanilla orange stuff. And some of it is clear and some dark orange and some in between. I’m assuming it’s because it’s somewhat organic? Thought I could easily google it but came up with nothing.

  • Michaela
    Apr 04

    Maybe it’s supposed to be mixed/shaken. But also check for an expiration date.

Anonymous posted in Bathing Apr 01

How do you wash hair during an ear infection?!

Sorry this is so dumb. My 21 month old has her first ear infection and is on antibiotics. I forgot to even ask about washing hair for the next 10 days. I assume you have to avoid water in the ears!? I will call the office tomorrow but looking for answers now.

  • Fafa
    Apr 04

    I double the cotton ball in the ear.

  • Cathy
    Apr 04

    Never did anything different 🤷‍♀️

Candace posted in Bathing Feb 14

Colds

Hey moms, do y’all still give ur toddler baths while having a cold?

  • Katie
    Feb 16

    Great news, glad he is feeling better!

  • emily
    Feb 20

    Fridababy (company the makes the awesome boogie sucker! lol!) now makes all natural “bath bombs” for colds! they are wonderful :) (I found them at Target)

Brynne posted in Bathing Feb 09

My daughters hair stinks.

We wash her hair regularly and her hair smells bad. Any tip on what I can use to make it not stink?

Megan posted in Bathing Jan 27

Looking for tips/products to control my little ones hair.

My little one has curls that are just unmanageable. The more we brush it to help get rid of the tangles the frizzier it gets. Poor little one looks like they just rolled out of bed every time.

  • Dee
    Jan 29

    Cantu leave in hair lotion with towel dryer hair works well. Avoid knots at bedtime & to keep curls also, use a scrunchie. If she has long curly hair, and want to get wavy hair for a few days: same as above, put into low ponytail, twist braid. Leave style until dry, and voilà wavy hair! Brush every night and keep in a pony to maintain.

  • mary
    Jan 31

    Shea Moisture has a number of excellent hair products. Get them at Bed/Bath/Beyond with a 20% off coupon, and they are quite affordable.

Wenonah posted in Bathing Jan 25

Bath time

How often do you give your babies a bath? It seems like a of people give their baby baths every night. I was giving her a bath every other day, then i cut back to twice a week because my mom said it wasn’t necessary to give her that many baths since we don’t really go anywhere. I’m a stay at home mom to a 9 month old daughter. It’s still too cold to really get out and go places so we haven’t be... More

  • Kandis
    Jan 30

    I give my 2 year old son a bath a wash up in the mornings after he wakes up. At night is usually when I give him a bath because during the day, we usually go to MyGym, Gymboree, and playground for him to play with other toddlers. When we get back home from either one of those, I give him a wash up and change his clothes. Definitely give him a bath when he poops or just messy.

  • K
    Jan 30

    I bathed my son 2-3 times a week in the beginning, then as he got older, 9/10 months every night bc it was part of a wind down bedtime. But with my girls (15 mth twins) I do once a week, twice if they are lucky😂. Every night not needed. They sell body wipes for in between baths that give them a fresh smell and quick clean.

Brittany posted in Bathing Jan 22

How long do you let your toddlers stay in the tub?

My 2.5 year old has a massive bedtime routine and I hate to do less books or less songs but he also LOVES the tub. Trying to figure out if I’m being a massive push over here 🤦🏼‍♀️

  • Julie
    Jan 23

    Same as April!! As long as she wants...which is usually 30 minutes or so.

  • Jenn
    Jan 31

    Up to half an hour, depending on the day and how much cleaning I have to do in the bathroom lol. Normal amount of time is about 15 minutes.

In need of recommendations

My almost 8 month old doesn’t fit in his infant tub anymore. What would any of you recommend for me to get? He is still a supported sitter and I don’t know what to get. I thank you all in advance for your recommendation

  • Haley
    Dec 29, 2018

    The normal way? It’s not a confined seat.

  • Tiana
    Jan 30

    Why not just in the regular tub? I’ve been washing my kid in the tub since 4 months or so.

Anonymous posted in Bathing Dec 20, 2018

Bath mat?

My baby/toddler has outgrown her bath seat thing and likes to just sit in the tub like normal. However, she’s slips and slides around so much that she’s almost gone under water like twice during each bath. Is there a good bath mat that can help prevent slipping? Or how do you all bathe your mobile toddlers?

Daughter has dry skin

My daughter’s hands, feet and ankles are always dry. We use dove soap for everyday bath and use aquaphor healing cream on her body. I use the cream on her hands and feet multiple times but the skin is always dry. I’m looking for any suggestions that have worked for your babies. Thank you in advance.

  • Raji
    Dec 14, 2018

    I wish she would drink more water but I guess we can go back to using the humidifier. I can also try the coconut oil. Thank you.

  • Margaret
    Dec 14, 2018

    My son has dry skin, so in the winter I try to only bathe him every other day. I've also been using the Aveeno eczema overnight cream, and I've noticed a huge difference since we started that.

Anonymous posted in Bathing Dec 13, 2018

first Haircuts?

When did you get your little man first hair cut? I know his hair is short but it’s more like I want to trim up the hair that don’t stay down and stick up. Especially the top back of his hair. That part always feel rough like there food and not soft. Makes him look like a duck lol. I mean I know I’m going to probably wait till he’s 2 but just curious if anybody cleaned up their kids hair? Put so... More

  • Anonymous
    Dec 14, 2018

    Ok see everybody tells me to wait but I just want it clean up but idk if he will stay still. It gets all tangle in the back and feels matted and I feel like he will look cute with a cute clean boy cut.

  • Tiffanie
    Jan 01

    I cut my 22mo son's hair myself. I don't trust anyone with scissors around his head, he never sits still. I do it after his bath when he's calm and sleepy. It's worked great so far.

What can I use on my eight month son’s chapped lips?

  • Korynn
    Dec 08, 2018

    vaseline

  • Amy
    Dec 10, 2018

    Lanolin (nipple cream) works great... You can just put it on you (or through bottle if you're not breastfeeding) before feeding!

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