Giving a Baby a Bath

September 8, 2011

When my babies were able to sit up on their own (6 months), they enjoyed sitting in a laundry basket inside a regular tub. This kept their bath toys within reach and allowed them to hold onto the sides to keep their balance.

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I would also use this method to have them in the shower with me so that I could actually have a shower while keeping them in sight. Face them away from water spray.

Warning: This does not replace direct supervision by an adult.

By oSandi from Sherwood Park, Alberta

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Bathing a baby can be a slippery time. To get a better hold on the baby get a pair of cotton gloves. Sometimes you can get them at the Dollar Tree. They are very lightweight and you can use as a washcloth.

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October 15, 2010

The next time you give baby a tub bath, partially fill a hot water bottle with lukewarm water and place it in the bottom of the tub for him to sit on. Baby will enjoy the event in greater safety and comfort.

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March 13, 2007

Keep yourself dry while giving your baby a bath by creating a large bib from a towel. Just fasten one end of the towel around your neck using a large safety pin and let the rest drape in front of you.

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November 4, 2004

There is no need to purchase a special "bathwater thermometer" for your baby's bath if you already own a fever thermometer. In reality, you will be able to tell if the water is too hot, or the temperature your baby prefers, by sticking your own wrist in the bathwater.

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But once you have determined what that "perfect" temperature is with a fever thermometer, you can pass this info on to babysitters or grandparents who might be giving the little one a bath. By Leann D

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