Before my son was born, I took a bath every single day. So, after he came, I felt a huge part of my relaxation and recouping time had been taken from me and I was determined to get that back.
My husband and I had been giving our son baths in his baby tub and he loved them! But, the only time I could take a bath was during his bedtime and I was usually too tired at that point. So, I resorted to trusty Youtube and found helpful videos on how to co-bathe safely and independently.
My son was four weeks old when I first started co-bathing with him. He still had a very floppy body and head and I had to consider this. After some Youtube research and thinking up my game plan, I came up with the following:
How to Safely Co-bathe with Your Infant
- Fill the tub and make sure the temperature is safe
- Line your baby bouncer with a big, clean towel and place it next to the bathtub
- Undress baby and place them in their bouncer using the towel as a blanket
- Climb into the bath by yourself, then once seated, uncover your naked baby and bring them into the tub with you
- Slowly introduce their body to the water by dipping their toes, legs and eventually whole body
- Wait to soap the baby up until the very end to avoid the water becoming too slippery while in it bath together
- Bathe as normal, playing, singing and talking with your baby
- When you are done, put the baby back in their towel-lined bouncer and wrap them up while you get out of the tub
- Proceed with usually after-bath routine
As he has gotten older, I haven’t needed to use the bouncer as a transition helper, because I can hold him with one arm and safely get out of the bath. My son loved this routine! Pretty soon, I had bought his Otteroo (read more on that here) and added that a few times a week during bath time.
Co-bathing has been nothing but a positive experience for both of us. It gives my son the freedom to explore the water and splash around. He also becomes very relaxed when I hold his head and let him float on his back. I get my R & R bath time back. And, it makes my son very sleepy which is a win-win for both of us when getting him to bed. Even if you weren’t a bath person before your baby, I highly recommend trying to co-bathe!