I thought it might be helpful to round up all of our baby bath time essentials in one place for you to easily refer back to in the future! Babies get a lot of baths, so it’s good to know how we can make the experience as pleasant as possible for them, but also ourselves!! In this post, I am sharing a variety of bath toys we love, bath seats to use at different ages, skincare products and more.
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newborn baby bath seat
We loved this bath seat and used it from the time he was a newborn until around 6-7 months. Once he was sitting up and a lot more wiggly, we had to move up to the next one, but it was definitely a bit of a transition period!
We did not personally get the little bath tub that is shaped like a flower (the blooming bath lotus) that you can put in the sink, but I’ve heard it is NOT worth it and to just get the one linked above instead. We had no issues using it when he was a tiny newborn!
baby sit up bath seat: 6+ months
We started using this bath seat between 6 and 7 months when he started sitting up on his own. It provides some nice support as they are still getting used to sitting, but also does a nice job of keeping them contained while you’re bathing them. He can still lean over and play with his toys and stuff, and we’ve been really happy with this! Like I mentioned above, it was an adjustment period as we transitioned from the previous bath seat. We still use it at 12 months of age, and in the next few months may try moving to just a bath mat instead.
bath mats: 12+ months
I am updating this now that Rhett is 18 months and we have officially made the switch! I’m not going to lie, this transition from the bath seat was a little rough. He was NOT having it at first and would stand up the whole time and cry his eyes out, so it was an all around miserable experience bathing him for… several weeks.
We initially tried this Gorilla Grip mat linked below, per several recommendations + great reviews. Unfortunately our bath is textured, so the mat would not stick to it. I also had several people tell me that theirs got moldy if they didn’t hang it to dry after each bath – however, some others said they have had it for a long time and zero issues with mold. Just an FYI!
The second one linked is what we are using now, per someone else’s recommendation who also couldn’t use the other mat due to a textured tub. It still tries to float a little bit, but I will say this one seems to work better for our tub, and I’m not sure if it’s just that Rhett finally got used to it, or it’s something about this mat, but once we switched to it, he would finally sit down. It was likely just time and practice, but I’m going to give the mat credit, okay!? LOL.
Have a different one you love? Drop it in the comments!
thermometer rubber ducky
Is this 100% necessary? No. Do I like having it as an easy way to make sure the temperature of the water is good before putting him in? Yes. : ) Plus, it doubles as a fun toy!
padding for knees
I really like using this kneeling pad for when I am bathing Rhett! There are lots of different options out there, but this is what we have. It’s fairly compact so I can throw it under the sink in the cabinet when it’s not being used.
padding for faucet
This isn’t something we have yet, but if/when we transition him out of the sit-up bath seat and he is in the bathtub more freely, I think we will want this for him. He’s also starting to mess with the faucet more so either way, probably a good idea!
baby bath towels
Obviously there are tons of options for towels, and you coud technically use whatever regular bath towels you have for your baby, but we do really like the ones that have little hoods on them to dry his hair and keep him warm right after bath time.
Here are a few options:
This one linked below is one I got for him >1 year and the size is a lot better now that he’s bigger!
BABY BATH TIME ESSENTIALS: SKINCARE PRODUCTS
If your babe is struggling with cradle cap, we found it super helpful to use a soft brush on his head similar to this when he was really little! We just used the one we got from the hospital. Super simple and affordable!
We also used and loved Tubby Todd All Over Ointment to help with cradle cap. I would put it on his forehead area immediately after bath time and it helped a ton! It might look a little greasy at first, but then it dries just fine! Super moisturizing – I’d also put it on random bumps or dry patches on his skin (or my own!) Linked below!
Tubby Todd Products:
We absolutely love all things Tubby Todd! We used the All Over Ointment a ton, especially early on, to help with his cradle cap and other dry patches on his skin, and still do now! We also use their shampoo/soap for his baths and it smells great and is gentle on his skin! Their diaper rash cream is amazing too. Highly recommend all of their products.
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baby bath time essentials: bath toys & books
He’s loving bath books right now!!!
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I hope this little round up of Baby Bath Time Essentials was helpful for any other mamas out there! If I missed any other important ones, drop them in the comments for other moms to see!