A baby bath is not essential if you already have a full-sized tub in your bathroom. However, to avoid having to stoop over the edge of the bath to wash your little one, many parents choose to use a baby bath for the first few months.
These smaller baths are lightweight and moveable, so you can wash your baby in the nursery as well as the bathroom.
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Baby bath chairs
Bath chairs or seats provide extra support if you choose to bathe your baby in a full sized bath. They secure to the bottom of your bath tub with non-slip suction pads and can easily be removed to tidy away when not in use.
While many are suitable for use from birth, some are suitable only from 6 months, or when your baby can sit upright unassisted.
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Baby bath toys
It can take a while for some babies to get used to the sensation of being in water. To avoid any tears, try using bath toys to distract them and keep them entertained instead.
These specially made toys encourage your baby to splash and develop their widening senses with engaging colours and textures.
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Baby bath accessories and towels
All of the extra little bits aren't to be forgotten either. A thermometer will help you get the perfect water temperature, whereas caddies will give you a handy place to keep everything nearby so you don't have to take your eyes off your little one. And once bath time is over, make sure you keep them warm by wrapping them up snugly in luxuriously soft towels.
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Don't let them out of sight
Make sure you're with your baby the whole time they're in the bathroom and pay special attention when they're in the water.
Keep it plain and simple
Plain water is best for your baby's skin in the first few months. As they grow look out for liquid soap or shampoo that's specially formulated for sensitive baby skin.
Safety in numbers
If your baby seems frightened of the water, try getting in the bath together. This may help to relax them, making them feel safer.
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