spring clean

Baby needs lots of the same types of personal care products grownups use – but specially formulated for their sensitive skin and eyes: bath and body washes, shampoo and hair care products, skin care lotions, oils, and powders all keep baby fresh, moisturized, and comfortable. When it comes to bath time, specially-designed tubs make washing up easy, while rinse cups and spout covers keep baby safe. It’s smart to keep plenty of soft, absorbent washcloths and towels handy. And when it comes to bath time storage, look for an organizer that dries stuff fast. Hand soaps and sanitizers keep the whole family germ-free. Outdoor playtime makes baby-safe sunscreens and insect repellents a must-have.

Must-Have Bath Products for Tub Time

Bath time is more than just getting your babies and kids clean. For many families, it’s an important part of a nightly routine, helping to relax and prepare your little ones for bed. For others, it’s also special time to bond, have fun, and just be together. Either way, you’ll want to make sure that bath time is a safe, enjoyable, and relaxing ritual for everyone. Here’s what you need to know.

PICK THE RIGHT TUB. Until your baby is able to sit up unassisted (around six months), you’ll want to make sure that their head and body are well supported. If you choose to give their first baths in the sink or tub, use a non-slip base like Summer Infant Comfy Bath Sponge or an insert like the Primo Reclined Infant Bath Support. If you prefer a freestanding plastic tub, consider one with a padded mesh sling that can be removed as they grow older, like The First Years Infant to Toddler Tub.

BE PREPARED. Start by gathering all your supplies—washcloths, towels, toys, and a mild shampoo/soap. You don’t want to leave your child unattended in the water to grab anything later. Next, fill the bath with a couple inches of warm water. If you’re unsure of the correct temperature, use a tub thermometer like Skip Hop Moby Floating Bath Thermometer to ensure that temps remains safely between 90 and 100 degrees F to prevent scalding.

GET CLEAN. It’s always best to wash delicate faces first with a clean washcloth or cotton ball. Then, work from the top of the head down to the other parts of the body, saving the diaper area for last. Make sure to pay special attention to the inside folds of the neck, arms, and legs, as well as behind the ears. When you’re done, wrap your child up in a hooded towel as wet babies and kids can easily get chilled.

SMOOTH AND SOOTHE. Give your child a little after-bath massage with a gentle lotion or baby oil to help her relax or keep skin from getting too dry. Look for a formula that is hypoallergenic with an unscented or mild scent.

BRUSH UP. Even if your baby doesn’t have teeth yet, it’s still a good idea to incorporate dental hygiene as part of your regular routine. For infants, a silicone finger brush like Nuby Infant Finger Toothbrush Cover will help massage gums and clean off any milk residue. Toddlers can use a soft bristle toothbrush and fluoride-free toothpaste. When kids are old enough to know not to swallow the toothpaste, graduate to a cavity-fighting fluoride formula.