Baby Bath, Since When to Bath a Baby in a Big Tub!
In its first months, the baby grows very fast. There comes a time when the small bathtub is no longer comfortable, and you have to start bathing in the big bathtub. This article is about that moment, tips to facilitate the transition from the small bathtub to the big one, and safety and precaution measures that must be taken into account during the child’s bath. There is also an explanation of why the bathroom is an essential time in the day of the baby.
From the small bathtub to the big bathtub!
During the first months of life, the growth of babies is very accelerated. At the age of one, children size increases by about 75 centimeters, 50% more than the size at birth. And that rate is even higher during the first few months.
As parents see their child every day, it is harder for them to become aware of that growth. That is why a certain surprise is normal when they realize that their son, around 6 or 7 months of age, is no longer fits in the small bathtub. It is time to do the bath in the big bathtub.
Step by step towards The Big Tub!
The family bathtub is a large, hollow and empty space. This is why some children feel fear and cry when we try to put them in it. To prevent your little one from this, follow these steps:
- First, take your baby to the bathroom while you bath, so it can see that nothing is wrong with getting into the bathtub and thus convince himself that it is not dangerous.
- Days later, place his bathtub with water inside the large bathtub; This way you will get your little one to become familiar with that new space.
- Once he feel well like this and notice that the large bathtub is no longer hostile, pour water into it and observe its reaction.
- If you suspect that what scares your little one is to see so much water together, don’t fill the bathtub too much. To clean it well it is enough that there is a quarter of depth or even less. Later, when he gain confidence, you can add more water so he can play and splash in it at ease; It will be fun and good for his development.
Tips to ease the transition to the large bathtub
To make this period of transition between the small and large bathtub convenient, it is good to take some measures; in particular. Seeing yourself suddenly in a larger space, with more water “walls” taller than him, can intimidate him and make him cry a little. The accompaniment and the closeness of the parents will be fundamental for the child, but you need to be calm so you can make him comfortable there.
- During the first baths in the large bathtub, one measure that can help, is to place the small bathtub inside, in that way the change will not be so abrupt since the baby recognizes the container where it is. And the small bathtub will function as a transitional object here by giving him security and making him feel more serene. Other transitional objects that can help in this period are his bath toys and other elements.
- Another option is to leave the small bathtub behind but don’t place the child in the larger tub without bath seats. These seats surround the baby and prevent it from falling, which allows the mom to bathe using both hands (in the other way, one of the hands is occupied all the time to hold the baby).They are fixed to the floor through suction cups, which you always have to make sure they are firmly attached. Some bath seat have built-in toys for the child to entertain.
There are also bath hammocks, accessories that allow you to use the large bathtub even with children who are not yet alone. Both with these hammocks and with the seats, a negative aspect is that more water is needed in the bathtub, since the small one does not rest directly on the ground but somewhere at higher level.
Caution and safety measures for baby bath
Baby bath always requires some very important safety measures.
First of all, even if the child stays seated, you should not leave him alone in the bathtub at any time . “Not even ‘for a single moment like just to answer the phone”.
Any carelessness can be very serious. The greatest risk is drowning , since a baby can drown even if the water level is only a few centimeters. Baby can also suffer falls and blows as a result of some slip . Therefore, it is advisable to place on the floor of the bathtub, especially when the child is already standing and trying to walk-non-slip materials, such as a rug or small pieces with suction cups.
Other issues that should be taken with caution are the temperature, both of the water and the environment. The water should be at about 36 or 38 ºC . To check that it doesn’t burn, you can touch with parts where the skin is more sensitive, such as the elbows or the back of the hand. For the environment, on the other hand, the most appropriate temperature is between 22 and 24 ºC
Neutral soaps and products that does not harm the baby’s sensitive skin should be used. And don’t leave small objects within the reach of the child, which can be brought to the mouth, or of course don’t put electrical appliances near water.
The bathroom, an important moment in baby’s day
In this stage, the bathroom “is usually one of the most pleasant moments for the baby and the parents, allowing them to play in the water and have a fun time with each other “, explains the AEP in their guide. He also emphasizes that “it is an important to make schedules and routines, and if it is decided that bath time is before dinner, it becomes the inflection point between the afternoon games, dinner and the time to sleep.”
However, the same pediatricians clarify that it is not essential to do it every day. “Nor does anything happen if you can’t bath the child daily,” they say. And they explain that even “in some concrete case the pediatrician can recommend to give long gaps between the baths”.