My tried and true tubby time baby must-haves need to be on your new baby registry. Just click on photos and/or product names to find out where to purchase. FYI: I have not been compensated by any of the brands endorsed below. These are my own recommendations, baby-tested and mom-approved.
1. Blooming Bath – Blooming Bath was just making its debut when Madeline was born, and we were lucky to jump on the bandwagon early. There’s something about nestling your newborn in a soft, cozy flower for their first bath that instantly makes you feel like the best parent in the world. Nurturing to the max and an awesome photo shoot backdrop for pics of your little nakie baby, the Blooming Bath is at the top of my tubby time list. (Pro-top: No need to wash; just toss this bad boy into the dryer after ringing out to keep it fresh!)
2. Prince Lionheart Flexibath Tub – We got this mini tub for the in-between phase of being able to sit up but not being big enough for the whole tub. We used this from about five months to 12 months old. It saves water, saves you from worrying about baby’s safety and saves space, since it folds up flat when not in use!
3. Skip Hop Bath Spout Cover – One of my earliest memories of my childhood is banging my forehead into our metal bath spout and bursting into tears (sorry, Mom). Protect your child’s head and memories with this adorable, rubber bath spout cover.
4. Skip Hop Dunks Stacking Bath Toy – Cuter than cups, we used these stacking birds for rinsing hair early on. Now, Maddie uses them for her favorite tubby pastimes: pouring water and playing floats.
5. Green Toys My First Tugboat – Green Toys makes some of our very favorite play things out of recycled milk jugs, here in the US. Their tug boat has been so clutch in our tubby time routine. It is our go-to for rinsing out soapy hair, as it holds a ton of water. And after, Maddie loves to zoom it around (between swimming sessions)!
6. Foam Bath Blocks – These blocks are another childhood throwback for me. When wet, they stick to walls and to each other, plus they float. The result? Epic foamy, floating fortresses. Another added perk? They are a teething baby’s dream come true. Ours have the bite marks to prove it!
7. Yookidoo Flow ‘N Fill Spout – Although a bit pricey, this toy is F-U-N! The battery-powered spout pulls water from the tub into a continuous stream. It comes with three cool cups for filling, pouring and stacking. This is one of those toys that makes bath time not just for bedtime anymore (think morning tubby time when your baby is driving your bonkers), affording you a few zen moments of quiet while your child is engrossed with the trickling water. With a tupperware of sand beside the tub for your feet and a Skinny Girl Margarita in hand, there’s an opportunity to really indulge here.
8. Munchkin Bath Crayons – My sister put these crayons in Maddie’s first Easter Basket. It’s one of those things I didn’t even know existed until we got them, and now I wouldn’t want to do tubby without them. I am, er, I mean, Madeline is a regular Picasso when it comes to bathtub art! The crayons go on smooth and are water soluble, so with just a quick wipe with a wet washcloth, your walls are a blank canvas again! (Pro-tip: Babies love to help wash walls.)
9. Skip Hop Tubby Bath Toy Organizer – So many toys, such a small tub (at least in our military housing). We needed a catch all and the Skip Hop Bath Organizer is it. The suction cups are strong and sturdy (especially if you follow the directions for attaching it to your wall), there’s great drainage and tons of room for our growing tub toy collection.
10. Kushies Baby Wash Cloths – Fact: It’s much easier to get baby crevices clean with a wash cloth. These cloths are super soft on baby’s skin and serve their purpose well. Plus, they hold up in the wash!
11. Pottery Barn Kids Towels – Babies wrapped up in hooded animal towels is high on my list of reasons to have children. You can’t beat the quality and adorable design that PB Kids brings to this dream-come-true. My own newborn Nala cub? Melted me into a puddle. Register for 2-3 of these to keep on rotation. They will last at least through baby #2! Can’t wait to snuggle my little Simba this fall!
12. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – Madeline had extremely sensitive, eczema-prone skin during her first year. Our pediatrician recommended we bathe her using Cetaphil. After less than a week, her skin cleared (it lost the angry red, splotchy, post-bath rash), and we’ve never looked back!
13. Udderly Smooth Cream – Another pediatrician recommendation for our sensitive Sally, we use Udderly Smooth every night after bath. We lube her up, head to toe, in this smooth, hydrating, non-greasy, non-sticky, unscented cream. Apparently it tastes great, too, since she always samples after she helps rub the cream into her belly. Win/win!
14. California Baby Hair De-Tangling Spray – This de-tangler spray is my go-to for getting out the post-bath, bed head knots. A few spritzes the next morning and the comb slides right through- no complaints from my babe. Added bonus? It leaves her hair smelling sweet. *Updated January 16, 2016 – after over a year of use on Madeline’s fine curls*
15. Safety First Comb and Brush Set – For babies born with a bit less hair (like my Maddie-girl), the brush is perfect for smoothing over what limited locks your little one has- you know, to make them look presentable for their public. Once they start getting some length on top (or in the back, as the case was for my mini-mullet-sporting babe), the comb is the best for addressing the aftermath of the post-bath towel dry.
Hey, moms and dads! Tell me…what are your tubby time must-haves?? Leave your suggestions in the comments below, and I’ll compile them all into my Ultimate Baby Registry: You Can’t Live Without It! post! XOXO, Allison
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