When it comes to bathing your baby, it can be a nerve-wracking experience for new parents during the first few weeks or even months, but in time, it’s sure to become an integral part of your child’s bedtime routine - and hopefully a pleasure rather than a chore.
However, if you are filled with fear at the mere thought of baby bathtime, don’t fret. In today’s post, the bathroom specialists from Jaquar will be sharing some helpful hints on how to prepare your bathroom for a safe and fun bathtime experience with little ones - leaving you with peace of mind when the time comes.
Clear the decks
One of the best ways to prep your bathroom ahead of your new arrival is to ensure it’s as clutter free as possible. Take the time to clear out anything in your bathroom that you don’t use or bulky non-essential items that are taking up vital floor or wall space.
This should clear the decks for any additional space needed to accommodate the reams of baby paraphernalia that inevitably come with a newborn baby - ensuring every nappy, cream and whatever else has a rightful home that’s close to hand.
From a safety perspective, decluttering your bathroom is an important step to take to ensure there’s a clear and unobstructed walkway through the room. The last thing any new parent wants is to trip while carrying such precious cargo.
Get savvy with storage
With this in mind, let’s talk about storage. To maintain a clutter-free bathroom, where possible make use of wall space - favouring mounted cupboards and shelves if you need extra surfaces for storing things.
Another handy addition to baby-friendly bathrooms would be to opt for multifunctional storage like an ottoman positioned next to the bath - it offers a perfect place to neatly stow away bath linen and a seat during bathtime.
Ample bathroom storage also helps you stay organised, so when it comes to bathing your baby you don’t have to spend valuable time searching for specific items - a lifesaver for new parents who will most likely be sleep deprived. We’d recommend taking this one step further, having a dedicated baby bathtime storage spot close to the bath where you can store soft bath towels, flannels, shampoos, toys and any other essentials within reaching distance.
Baby-proof the room
Naturally, your newborn isn’t going to be crawling or walking around the bathroom for some time, but even so, it’s a good idea to start as you mean to go on by baby-proofing the room as much as possible in advance.
Start by keeping cleaning products and toiletries locked away or certainly out of reach from curious little hands and also consider child-proofing your taps and toilet (yes, this pool of water can be an alluring wonder for tiny toddlers) by installing suitable tap straps or locks to stop tiny tots from tampering with them.
With hot bath water burns accounting for the highest number of fatal and severe burn incidents in the UK, it’s essential to always test the water temperature before placing your baby in the bath. However, a further safety measure is to lower the temperature on your water heating system to below 50°C to prevent scalding if they do manage to turn on the hot tap while your back is turned.
Prepare your tub
Babies can be wriggly little things at the best of times, but even more so when wet. This is especially true during their first few baths, where being in the water is a new concept and could be an alarming experience rather than a relaxing one.
To help keep babies safe during bathing, many parents opt to use a smaller baby bath within their existing tub for ease or invest in baby bath seats which will help to keep them secure and upright in the water. If you prefer to go with the big tub, installing anti-slip stickers or matts to the base of the bath will help to provide more grip when they’re in the bath.
Prime your space for pampering
Bathtime often forms the basis of a regular routine for babies and toddlers, so it’s important to make it feel like a special part of the day when you and your baby can spend some quality time together.
With this in mind, treat your little one to some luxurious bathtime essentials for them to enjoy. A soft personalised baby towel and robe could be the perfect way to end a fun bathtime and ensure they’re well wrapped up and snug before putting on their nightwear. You can also lather their delicate skin with our moisture-rich baby skincare products to keep their skin soft and well-nourished.
But, don’t forget yourself in this pampering equation either, as it’s just as important for parents to relax and replenish too, so ensure your bathroom essentials also include some indulgent bathing products for yourself.
Bathing your baby can form a special bond between the two of you and we hope this post will provide you with plenty of helpful hints on how to get your bathroom fully prepared for all the fun-filled and happy baby bathtimes to come.