Naming this post “Big Kid Bath Essentials” made me realize that I will soon have a toddler instead of a baby (tear!). But since I am talking about bath products that aide in the transition from an infant tub to regular tub the name seemed fitting. We are now in the process of making this transition – we have made it from taking baths in the infant tub near the kitchen sink to still taking baths in the infant tub but now in the bath tub. Slow I know, but Sydney is not a huge bath fan and it has come to my attention that there are some products out there could be prove useful in making this transition easier.
1. Spout Cover
This seems so obvious but as bathtime becomes a playtime of sorts it is important to have the metal spout cover to prevent your little one from bumping their heads. Bonus: spout covers are getting super cute! We went with this Skip Hop Bath Spout Cover and in addition to serving its protective purpose it is also a friendly face when Sydney gets in the tub.
2. Bubble bath
What bath would be complete without Bubble Bath?!? We love the Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Bubble Bath - it smells amazing and also doubles as a body wash.
3. Shampoo rinse cup
A shampoo rinse cup helps make the hair washing process a bit smoother. Sydney doesn’t like water in her face and this rinse cup from Nuby helps keep the water and shampoo (even though we use tear free) out of her face. It is also great for rinsing the body and can even double as a toy from time to time!
4. Bath Toys
Bathtime is not complete with out toys. There are several kinds of toys that I like for bathtime: educational toys (like letter and numbers that stick to the sides of the tubs and walls when wet), double duty toys (like these awesome scoops by Skip Hop), squirting toys (in fun animal shapes) and stacking cups. Another fun option are bath time books which add a bit more excitement and an educational spin!
5. Toy Storage
In our home bath time is not always a breeze so having toys in there helps to distract. At the end of the bath I am left with a handful of toys that I am never sure what to do with - enter products like the Tubby Bath Organizer. This organizer can be suctioned to your tub and hold all of your little ones bath accessories until the next time.
6. Bath Scoop
A Bath Scoop ties in to the organizer- it allows you to “scoop” up all of the floating toys in a single motion and drains the water so that they can go right into the organizer or any other toy storage you choose. Some scoops, double as the storage component. Like the Boon Frog Pod which conveiently suction to the side of the tub for out of the way storage.
7. Kneeling Pad
I have been using folded towels under my knees for cushion (not ideal) but several companies make knee pads designed to be used for bath time. They range from being plain to being a more whimsical whale depending on your motif- I am planning on getting this one from Brica because it is simple and easy to move when I am not using it. However, there are many good options out there some of which include storage which could be handy.
8. Bath Wraps
I have mentioned before that I am a lover of hooded towels so as Sydney grows I want to be able to wrap her up so that she is cuddly and warm after her bath. Companies have been doing a great job making some really cute hooded towels for your growing tot- right now I am loving these Rugby Essential Wraps from Pottery Barn Kids.
Two not pictured, but overlaps from the early bath days are washcloths and a gentle, tear free cleanser.
What sort of bath time essentials does your family use? Any tips or tricks you can pass along?