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These bath products are essential for your little one

Bath time comes with lots of smiles, giggles, and bonding for both you and your baby. At the same time, you want to ensure that you have all of the baby-bath stuff necessary, and there’s the additional consideration of preventing a slip in the tub or skin irritation. Therefore, you would need to take special care to find the best baby-bath products.

We have compiled a list of essential baby-bath products that can help you decide which items you can include in your cart when shopping.

Most important item in your baby-bath stuff — the tub

Naturally, you’ll a need a sturdy, user-friendly tub for bath time, and an excellent choice is one that “grows” with your baby — known as a convertible bathtub. Usually, this type comes with a pad that fits inside the tub and protects 2- to 3-month-olds from slipping completely into the water. For ages 5 to 8 months, the padding is removed to where the baby can sit up, and usually an additional seat comes with the set that can be placed in a normal-size tub to prevent older babies and toddlers from slipping or falling over.

Baby wash-and-shampoo combination

The other vital item you’ll need is a gentle baby wash-and-shampoo combo. The best ingredients in a baby shampoo and wash would be hypoallergenic and might even contain natural anti-inflammatory and calming agents. This is important because a baby’s skin is prone to dryness, which can lead to skin issues like eczema. Likewise, you’ll have to keep an eye on your baby’s scalp to make sure he or she doesn’t develop cradle cap, which is similar to the flaking from dandruff.

Baby washcloths

Another necessary component in your collection of baby-bath stuff is a set of washcloths. One distinct feature that you’ll notice about baby washcloths is that they possess a much softer texture than their adult-size counterparts, so you won’t have to wonder if your baby’s skin would be chafed or irritated by a rough surface. Another important trait to consider is choosing an organic washcloth like one that is crafted from bamboo material. With that option, you’re looking at less chance of a rash developing or any other allergic reaction.

No-rinse micellar cleansing water

What if you’re in a hurry that day and don’t have time to draw a bath for your baby? Or you’re a bit concerned that your baby is still too young to be immersed in a small tub.

A no-rinse, newborn-safe micellar cleansing water that uses natural ingredients like vitamin B5 and avocado perseose presents a great alternative to the bath. For younger babies, this option works out well until they’re old enough for a shallow but warm bath. For older babies, this no-rinse, micellar cleansing water is a good standby for a fast washup after an extra-messy meal or outdoor playtime — at least until it’s time for the nighttime bath. All you have to do squirt the no-rinse cleansing water onto a washcloth and start wiping.

“Wrapping up” bath time

Finally, your baby would love to snuggle in a soft and cozy bath towel complete with a hood to keep him or her warm. A quality bath towel would share some of the same traits as the washcloths such as a soft, absorbent fabric that doesn’t irritate baby’s skin. While the hood greatly contributes to the cuteness factor, it serves another purpose by keeping your baby warm and drying his or her head.

Having these baby-bath products on hand will make bath time go much more smoothly. To sum up, an ideal tub that provides stability and comfort will make an enjoyable bath-time experience for your baby along with soft washcloths and cozy towel for afterward. Also, using a baby-bath wash or no-rinse cleansing water that is gentle on the skin helps your baby to not only avoid irritation but also might alleviate conditions like eczema or cradle cap. When you have all of your baby-bath stuff ready to go, you and your baby will delight in this wonderful opportunity for bonding.

Also, to keep your baby freshly groomed and clean, check out our list of items you should have in a baby hygiene kit.

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Leslie Anderson
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Leslie Anderson is a freelance writer/writing coach from Roswell, N.M. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and helping students…
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