When the nurse bathes your baby with one arm in the hospital sink, it's no big deal. But, once you get home and have to scrub your slippery lil bug yourself, a small panic can set in. And, the task is just as slippery as your tot ages so we've rounded up five helpful items that make washing your wee one easier so you both can enjoy tub time!
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Keep tears to a minimum during bath time with more than just tear-free soaps and shampoos. Outfitting your tub with tot-friendly gear will keep lil ones entertained while mama gets them clean. From kid-sized baths and showerheads to waterfall-inspired faucet-covers, your wee one will come out clean as a whistle with these products.
- Cut back: Obviously, the easiest solution is to turn down the heat, whether it's the temperature of your water or the setting of your blow-dryer. If you absolutely have to have warm temps while you bathe, consider either wearing a shower cap or turning the cold nob up while you wash your hair.
- Add moisture: In lieu of a daily shampoo, try using a clarifying shampoo weekly instead. I'm not saying to only wash your hair once a week, but by using a clarifier, you might actually feel as if you need to shampoo less. Speaking of washing, look for mild, scalp-friendly formulations with naturally soothing ingredients like burdock root or tea tree oil.
Have you ever just wanted to get blotto by yourself in the tub? Don't answer that question aloud, but in case you have, design company Simplehuman has a tub caddy ($69.99) that has room for a bowl of bath salts, a candle, and a glass of wine — for people who like to get the party started early. (Or relaxing. Either way.) I say that I like the idea per se, but I think they need to add a spot for another glass, since we all know boozing alone is not the best habit. What do you think? Is this caddy a hit or a miss?
Some kids won't get in the tub and my son won't get out. He loves bathing so much that he climbs in and slathers himself with soap so we have to turn the water on. Who knew my lil mess maker — the guy that dives into the dirt and changes his own diaper — would double as Mr. Clean? Since he runs nonstop, maybe he just likes to soak his small muscles? I'll never know, but I do expect the water bill will go up. The other day he took three baths. The first he finagled with the soap trick, the second was a result of his ingenious idea to rub apple sauce all over his body and hair, and the finale was after he skated around the kitchen on a cupcake. To see what happened, read more