FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS About Baby Bath Tub
One of the great benefits of using a baby bath tub is that they prevent slippage from your baby, and come with a contoured head rest that allows your child’s head to remain above water level. Most of these baby bath tub also contain a newborn sling and a drain plug.
Comfort: Especially in the first weeks postpartum, a baby bath tub can make bathtime easier for new moms, who can stand over the kitchen sink rather than sit uncomfortably on the bathroom floor tubside. Convenience: The kitchen and bathroom sink will have to scrubbed before every bath, requiring more prep time.
As helpful as baby tub can be at bath time (especially with a slippery newborn who can’t support her head), your baby will outgrow most infant tubs quickly—by six months or so. As soon as she’s sitting up unassisted, she may be ready to bathe in a “big girl tub” with a nonskid mat
How often does my newborn need a bath? There’s no need to give your newborn a bath every day. Three times a week might be enough until your baby becomes more mobile. Bathing your baby too much can dry out his or her skin.
Bath time might be part of your nightly ritual, but doctors actually don’t recommend daily baths for babies. Excess exposure to water can zap their skin of moisture and worsen conditions like eczema. Then again, not bathing your baby often enough can also aggravate eczema, plus lead to other infections.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends on its website bathing an infant three times a week or less, and applying a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic moisturizing lotion immediately after the bath to help keep the skin from drying out.
You don’t need to bathe your baby every day. You may prefer to wash their face, neck, hands and bottom carefully instead. This is often called “topping and tailing”. Choose a time when your baby is awake and content.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends sponge baths until the umbilical cord stump falls off — which might take a week or two. To give your baby a sponge bath, you’ll need: A warm place with a flat surface. A bathroom or kitchen counter, changing table, or firm bed will work.