Photo Credit: Renee Saraceni
Parents either dread bathtime or look forward to it. It can be a bonding time when you truly get to involve yourself in your little one’s life or it can be the messiest, tearful tragedy of the day. However the outcome, it makes for memorable moments – many which are entertaining to catch and cherish on camera.
Like every activity in parenthood, there is often a process involved when it comes to conquering a successful bathtime. It took quite a while before I was comfortably able to bathe my newborn twins without support – and once I felt comfortable with that stage, they were growing onto the next.
Finding a routine that works best for you and your personal parenting style is important. Not everything you read or learn about will be what works well for your little one. However, having the ability to learn from other moms who have been there and pick-and-choose what may work can be beneficial.
“Prepare Diaper and Pajamas in Advance.”
Photo Credit: Cari Roraback
Prepare diaper and pajamas in advance – unless the child is old enough to dress themselves. Always make potty-trained children use the toilet before entering tub. Even when they throw a fit and insist they don't need to.
“[Our step-by-step bathtime tips]: Shampoo hair on both kids, rinse with cup, put in conditioner on both kids, wash feet on oldest; stand them up and wash body, pull curtain half closed and rinse with clean water using detachable shower head behind curtain, take oldest out and towel them up. She then goes to her room and gets herself ready for bed.
“Repeat washing order for youngest. Before starting the rinsing, pull plug on tub. After child is rinsed, have them help collect any toys to be rinsed. Thoroughly rinse tub of any soap, including both sides of curtain.
Wrap in towel and off to get dressed.
“And when your husband gives a bath, consciously take deep breaths and accept the fact that he will do it wrong. I mean, he'll do it his own way.” – Cari Roraback, mom of two
“I Have Little Fish – They Love the Bath.”
Photo Credit: Renee’ Saraceni
“Bath bombs make bath fun! I have little fish - they love the bath. Bath foam is cool too. Hard NO to bath crayons and paint!!! Mess, mess, mess. I just always get excited talking about bathtime so they get excited too.
“Foam letters, lavender bubble bath, and cute robes are helpful, and fun, too.” – Renee’ Saraceni, mom of two
“My Babe Loves to Watch the Water Come Out of the Spout.”
Photo Credit: Breanna Yung
“I like to make sure everything is ready for after the bath before we even put my little one in.
“My babe loves to watch the water come out of the spout so we let her enjoy that. A little play time followed by hair and body wash followed by a little more play and bubble blowing. Sometimes we run the shower for a minute or two to help her get used to that. We wrap her up, brush teeth and hair, then straight into pajamas.” – Breanna Yung, mom of one
“It Can be an Interesting Dynamic Trying to Bathe Them.”
Photo Credit: Jennifer Aline Graham
It took me a while to get into a groove when it came to bathing my twins. When they were newborns, we would bathe them separately and though it was a timely process bathing them one at a time, it was a little bit easier. Now that they are very mobile, opinionated, and actually enjoy bathtime together, it can make things a little more complicated.
Being I am the primary caretaker of my girls during the day, I often am the one who gives them their bath. Though this gives me special bonding time with them, it can be an interesting dynamic trying to bathe them at the same time. Below are five crucial elements I always try to include when giving my girls a bath at the same time when I am doing it on my own:
- Set out new diapers and clothes for post-bath changing. I also make sure to lay out of the towels for when I take the girls out and wrap them up.
- Start the bath and fill the tub with warm, bubbly water. I make sure to put their favorite toys in there and stick their foam toys to the wall.
- I take off their clothes to their diapers in their bedroom and carry them both into the bathroom where I then remove their diapers. Some people may not like carrying two babies at once, but if you are comfortable doing that – it makes it a smoother transition.
- Then I put them in the tub and let them play! I wash their hair and soap them up and usually let them play for a good ten minutes.
- I then lay out their towels, grab one at a time, sit them in their towels and wrap them up. Again, I carry them both at the same time into the bedroom where I dry them off and get them changed. It is quite the process, but it is possible!
Jennifer Aline is a coffee addict, mama of twins, and a passionate freelance writer and author. She writes for Moms.com on a regular basis and has had articles in publications such as the NY Daily News, NY Post, and In Good Health Newspaper. Aline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Keuka College and worked in the Human Services field before her two little girls entered her life. Aline now focuses primarily on writing, teaching aerial arts classes in the evenings, and caring for her twin daughters – all while continuously chugging coffee, of course.
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