The adverts make you think baby bathing should be all giggles and bubbles. So why is there more water on you and a screaming fit? The truth is, baby and toddler bath times aren’t always stress-free. They can often involve you embarking on your second shower/work out/negotiation session of the day. But, they’re also a great opportunity for some lovely and fun bonding with your child. And it’s a good job there are some brilliant products to make the whole process smoother and more enjoyable.
Sophie the Giraffe Bath Book, £5.99, Kiddicare
Light, easy to clean and with a squeaker for your baby to press, this eight-page book lets you both enjoy story time while she's in the bath. The story is all about Sophie enjoying the water.
Deluxe Baby Bather, £16.99, Babies R Us
Perfect from birth, this has a non-slip base and two-position back support so you can wash your baby safely and comfortably – plus it folds easily for travel and storage.
My First Bath Alphabet and Numbers Toy, £10, Marks & Spencer
Get your toddler swotting up on his ABCs and 123s with these foam letters – they stick to your bathroom tiles when wet. Genius!
Aqua Pod, £29.99, Mothercare
Mums of two, this is a fun product if you have a toddler and a baby – the mat has a special seat for a little one and then space for big brother or sister to sit as well. It’s non-slip so you can relax and focus on getting them washed.
Little People Splash ‘n Scoop Bath Bar, £14, Fisher Price
Rubber ducks are cute, sure, but bath toys have stepped up a gear. This set sticks to the tub and features a waterfall sandcastle, squirting dolphin and water scoop. Enough said.
Dubble Trubble 2 in 1 Shampoo and Body Wash, £2.99, Daniel Galvin Junior
Hair guru Daniel Galvin Junior has created a range for kids, including this fruity shampoo designed to cool sensitive skin and scalps. An M&B beauty editor fave.
Natural Baby Sea Sponge, £5.95, The Little Green Sheep
Perfect for your baby’s delicate skin, this eco-friendly sponge is durable and holds lots of water. In fact, could be a nice addition to those if-you-ever-find-the-time pampering baths you keep dreaming of…
Original Baby Towel, £29.99, Cuddledry
This soft and roomy hooded towel goes around you and your baby, making it easier to pick her up from the bath and then keep her warm while she dries off.
Calendula Baby Shampoo and Body Wash, £6.95, Weleda
Another M&B favourite, this gentle products contains almond oil and organic calendula to keep your baby's skin protected and moisturised.
Shampoo rinse cup, £6.99, Mothercare
If hair washing is akin to a meltdown in your house, invest in this cup. It helps keep water out of your baby or toddler’s eyes to make the process smoother.
You can wash your baby in the kitchen sink – and it’s probably good if you’re recovering from a c-section or have back problems as it means less bending. But as your baby grows, having a dedicated baby bath tub certainly has advantages, allowing you to bathe your baby in a warm living room, for instance, or making her feel more secure. After all, a ‘proper’ bath is equivalent to a swimming pool for a small baby.
Some baby baths fold up or inflate, while others have a moulded bottom to support younger babies. You’ll also find bucket-style versions of baby bath that allow your little one to sit in a more upright position. Whichever you choose will partly come down to the space you have, your budget and your taste. But, we got mums to test the best to give our Mother&Baby verdict.
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