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Bath time might sound like the easiest of tasks, but it can also be fraught with negotiations: Hair washing; immersing in water; getting in; getting out… all simple notions, which can often end in a battle with some tears (sometimes they are his, sometimes they are mine).

As with a lot of things to do with parenting, the kit is of high importance in making things that little bit easier. So here’s to bringing joy and fun when getting your little ones squeaky clean.

  • Angel Baby Bath Support – When my little boy was a tiny little thing, I went through four or five different incarnations of what I called the bath hammock to help support him in the water. This one by Angelcare was by far the best and the one I have recommended to all my friends.
  • Bath Thermometer – As a new parent one of the things I was most anxious about with bath time was the temperature of the water. This Philips flower one doubled up as a toy until I was accomplished enough to trust my elbow to gauge how hot the water was.
  • Muslins – In the early weeks when you’re washing baby, having a warm wet muslin over their tummy, so they feel cocooned and supported (especially if they are used to being swaddled) works like a charm at settling them if they are uncomfortable.
  • Waterproof Books – Bath time can still be a time for learning, I ordered a whole bunch from Amazon, with various animals, numbers and words on them for us to play with and they also worked wonders at distracting him from when I was washing his hair. Which brings me onto…
  • Bath Rinser – Hair washing – the cause of many arguments with my little boy and I. Having a hair washing jug that also stopped water from getting in his eyes was a revelation. I was just annoyed I didn’t have this sooner.
  • Anti-Mould Bath Toys – avoid rubber ducks or things that hold water (if you have seen the You Tube videos of mould growing in bath toys its enough to put you off for life), opt for something like plastic stacking cups or any toy that is solid all the way through.
  • Bubble Machine – Because…. bubbles at bath time, what’s not to love?
  • Products – products define any bath time, the range from Fifi & Friends smells good, won’t sting baby’s eyes, and leaves their skin and hair feeling silky smooth.
  • Natural Sea Sponge – they are the kindest way to soap up baby’s skin.
  • Bath Mat – there is so much choice out there, but whichever one you choose, opt for one that has pictures of underwater animals (or similar) on it. Anything that allows your child to interact with it will ignite their imagination. I would also recommend taking this when you travel to make bath-time feel homely and familiar.
  • Warm Towel – most new parents are gifted a hooded towel of some description (My 1st Years do lovely personalised ones), so put your towel on the radiator pre-bath and then when baby comes out it’s straight into warm towel to try to minimise crying from being cold.

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