If not already doing so your baby is on his/her way to walking at 10 months. Being on the move has never been so much fun for babies but in the bath that may be a recipe for disaster. Read our advice on how to make bath time fun and safe.
When you start bathing your baby regularly here are a few well-tested tips: 1. Choose a time when you're feeling relaxed and not rushed; bathing should be a fun time for you and your baby. You could choose this time to be after a vigorous playtime so your baby is in need of a sit down! 2. Don't bathe your baby straight after a feed or when she/he is hungry or really tired. 3. Take time to make sure the environment is comfortable, nice and warm, no draughts. 4. Involve dad or your partner as it's a great opportunity to have special bonding time. 5. Get everything ready before you start as it is crucial that you don’t leave your baby unattended in the bath at any time. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Soft sponge or wash cloth
- Clean clothes
- Bath toy
- Bath book (“The Flying Bath” is a particular favourite of ours)
- Toiletries (try our Earth Friendly Baby Happy Mandarin Shampoo and Body wash. With its cheerful aroma, it is mild enough for daily use and ideal for nourishing baby’s dry, sensitive skin)
- Bath support for your baby so that you have two hands free to concentrate on having a fun time
- Water temperature should not be too hot or cold. Test the water by dipping your elbow into the bath before you put your little one in. If it feels nice and warm to you then it should be fine. Your baby will soon let you know if she/he is uncomfortable, it's a very common mistake for parents to make the water too cold and then wonder why their baby screams!
- Look after yourself. Your baby is bigger so you need to make sure that you are putting and taking your baby out of the bath carefully. Bend at your knees, keep your back straight and be as close to the side of the bath as you can be. You could consider a small step so your baby can climb in – with your help of course – but remember to make sure the step is out of thier reach – also think about having a removable plug so they don't flood the bathroom or get into the bath he/she has filled with hot water. Ask your partner to help if you haven’t got a step or you are unable to lift your baby in and out of the bath.