Updated January 2017
Ahhhh, bath time — our favourite (what?? I’m not British) time of the day.
The frequency of bathing babies varies greatly from mom to mom: some do it every day and some do it once a week (yikes).
The truth is, babies aren’t exactly rolling around in the dirt or getting sweaty at the gym, so you don’t need to bathe them every day. That said, however, they do get pretty gross from daily grime (spit up, errant milk, and the occasional blowout).
Trying to bathe a newborn baby in the kitchen sink is kind of a joke; it’s like trying to grab a greased watermelon in the deep-end on the 4th of July. Also, baby poop and preparing dinner in the same general area? Do not go hand in hand [Kramer: I prepared it while I bathed. Germaphobe from Elaine’s office: throws up in mouth].
Newborn Baby Bathtubs
You really do need a baby bathtub because babies cannot sit up (or control any part of their body, for that matter) for many months. There are a couple of neat little “tubs” that are just for young infants (0-6 months) – or you can skip directly to a regular infant tub, which will also accommodate newborns.
The advantage to newborn tubs is that you can use *most of them* in the sink and other such easy to reach places (countertop, etc.), whereas regular infant tubs need to go in the bathtub. If you’ve had a C-section or you have older grandparents helping you out and such, you’ll be happy to have a tub that doesn’t require bending over or kneeling on the floor.
People who live in small spaces are gaga over the Puj Tub (~$45). You can use it in any sink, even a small one. This is a good option for people who live in a small space since you can easily store it or hang it up on the wall. This is also a good tub for C-section moms because it doesn’t require any bending over.
Also for newborns is the adorable and oh-so-popular Tummy Tub (~$47) (below), called so because it’s like being back in mom’s tummy. I used this tub downstairs because I could fill it up in the kitchen sink and bathe her on the counter. I also liked taking it outside for a little summertime alfresco bathing. A cheaper option is the Prince Lionheart washPOD ($24). The only downside to “newborn buckets” is that it’s a bit difficult to access and clean your baby’s [ahem] nether-regions. That’s where the Shnuggle ($34) comes in – the design makes it easier on baby and parent. Plus it grows with your child 0-12 months (vs. 0-6 months with the others).
Mind you, these are only for young infants up to 6 months or so.
Another more affordable option for the newborn crowd is the Leachco Safer Bather Bath Pad (~$21), which could fit in a larger kitchen sink and can also be used in the bathtub.
A final option is the beloved Angelcare Bath Support ($17), which is a mesh seat (below) that goes into the bathtub (also 0-6 months). It’s quite multi-functional and can also be used in your bathroom as a place to put baby so you can use the potty — or take it along to the beach since it’s so easy to wash.
Next: Infant Bath Tubs (0-12 months)