Does your baby like the bath?
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Melody - posted on 02/16/2010
For the bath, you might try different bathing styles:
My son liked this one best. I would fill up the bathtub so that I could sit in it with the water just covering my legs. Then I laid him on my knees with his head on my thighs (and his feet facing the same way as mine), so he could kick and splash in the water. He loved it.
My daughter tolerates this one best. I fill the tub with just a few inches of water, just enough to cover a folded towel, then i lay her on the towel (so she's just barely in the water, but not resting on the hard tub) and rinse her off. I semi-stand her to soap her off, then lay her back on the towel for rinsing.
My son occasionally had to take a shower with me. He still loves to! The preperation for this one is a bit longer, but it gives him a sense of security being close to mommy. To prepare, put a washcloth around the shower head, so it is dripping instead of spraying (or change the setting to a softer spray, if you have one that changes) and use a rubber band to secure it. The washcloth will fill with water, so keep it very tight, and get a slightly older wash cloth that has more holes or weak spots in it. Then you turn on the shower (not too strong, just enough to leak through the rag) and rinse off one side (front) of the baby. Step away from the shower (or turn it off) and soap him down good. Then rinse that side off and repeat with the other side (back). Be careful not to spray on his head until his soft spot has sealed, and don't get any in his eyes. This is the hardest, but the good news is, you can get a semi-shower at the same time (Just can't wash your hair).
If the baby simply HATES those, try giving him a sponge bath. Just fill a small basin with water and put it beside you on the changing table. Then use a soft cloth to wash the baby off.
If all else fails, and he HATES all of those:
Wash him once a week with one of those methods, and use a sponge bath method on a different part of his body with each diaper change. You should be changing him about 5 to 8 times during the day, so divide his body into that number of parts, and wash each one good. You can use a baby wipe, too, with this method. He won't notice if you get it down to where it doesn't take long.
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Kirsten - posted on 02/23/2010
My peditrican said to not wash baby too mcuh cause it dry out thier skin, so I give him a bath once a week. At first he hated it! But I saw he liked the part where you rinse him with warm water. So the next bath I had warm water running on him so he didn't get cold and he liked that so much better, he doesn't mind that now. What he liked the best was when I let the little baby tub fill quite bit so his legs were floating. I was very careful with his head making sure he couldn't slide into the water. But to keep warm water makes the bath much better, now he flips out when you stop and try to get him dry, cause hes cold.
Laura - posted on 02/23/2010
oh and the hospital tell you not to wash your baby more than every 3rd day cos it takes the oils ot of their skin but my health nurse told me this was nonsence , so i give my little man a bathevery 2nd night but i know a lot of people do it nightly getting their babies ready for bed to calm them.
Laura - posted on 02/23/2010
for the first 2 months he'd scream during changes, clothes being changed too, hated the bath. Now hes 12 weeks he cry's when getting put in the bath but stops after a minute and enjoys kicking his legs in the water, also recently started laughing instead of crying during nappy changes...so dont worry they get used to it!
Brandi - posted on 02/22/2010
my daughter, who is 2 months and 3 days old LOVES her bathtime. We have a nighttime routine that consists of: bath, clean diaper, lotion/baby massage, last bottle, and she falls asleep for the night. i give her a bath every night because her baths helps to calm her down, she babbles, coos and smiles all during it. she doesnt like getting dressed, so when it's time to put her jammies on, she gets a little upset, but calms down as soon as she has her last bottle of the night and in ur arms for cuddle time before bed. she even gets in a a little tummy time, while she gets her baby massage/rub down with her lotion. i use the bedtime bath and lotion at night to help calm and soothe her and help her fall asleep faster, especially when she's extremely fussy and didnt take good naps during the day.
Romina - posted on 02/22/2010
just hold your baby wile their in the tub until u take them out. little by little they will become more secure of the water thanks to you ! i had the same problem with my daughter when she was little as soon as she turned 5 months she didnt want me to hold her anymore her fear was gone :)
Nicole - posted on 02/22/2010
My son loves the bath... he hated his sponge baths and his first 3-4 tub baths, but he loves them now! He is bathed every night.
As far as diaper changes... do you have a mobile or something over for him to look at? Does he have a rash?
Sarah - posted on 02/22/2010
My little guy hated his baths at first but after having a few he started to enojy them more and more. I make sure that as soon as I put him in I keep his body covered with the warm water so he doesnt get cold. he loves it. And I also splash his hands and feet in it and sing songs he LOVES that. I hope that your baby starts to enjoy bath time!
Colleen - posted on 02/21/2010
My daughter gets a bath every other night and she loves the water but hates getting her hair washed...and she has LOTS of hair...lol but it really depends on when she ate and her mood in the beginning of the bath to make it a successful one!
Faith - posted on 02/20/2010
My youngest 2 months old, LOVES the bath. I also think he gets some quality tummy time in. In a sense...what I do is hold him and he "swims" around in the tub. He really only tolerates the baby bath tub. I do have to sit in the bathtub with him, or daddy does, but its a fun, clean and calming bonding time. He seems to feel more secure when we hold him in the tub and his evening schedule starts with a bath, every night. He's on such a clock with it I always know when its 7pm...he gets whiny, 730 persistant and starts randomly screaming, 8pm hes full up having a fit. When I take him upstairs and start the tub I lay him on the floor (wall to wall in my bathroom) and he instantly gets excited, starts babbeling and waving all his limbs, lol!
If you don't have issues getting him started bathing this way I would suggest it just b/c my baby seems so secure with me holding him. Some could just care less that you are in there or not. Maybe he just doesnt like the temp of the water. My lil guy freaks when its baby tepid, he like it on the warmer side. As for the diaper, ususally mine just gets p.o'ed b/c ive got a hold of his ft so I get can the diaper on and off and him cleaned up. Each child is different, and they adapt to things differently. Maybe in time he will tolerate or love these things too. Just keep trying different things. Good Luck :)
Kati - posted on 02/20/2010
my lil one loves a bath and has since day 1... when she was getting cleaned up in the nursery at the hospital she was cryin b4 the bath and when they started to bathe her she got quiet.. but she gets a bath everyday .. it makes her feel better.. when i start to change her nappy she gets quiet cause she knows a dry one is comming and that it makes her feel better..
Amber - posted on 02/18/2010
My daughter is two months old and she HATES being any form of naked... bath time, diaper changes, you name it. There's nothing you can do about it, some babies just don't like it... just be as snappy as you can about it.. thats all you can do. We bathe her every night before bed (so she knows its bed time), with just plain water, and we shampoo her hair every other night (just water on the other nights). It works well for us. Hope that helps!
Minoshka - posted on 02/18/2010
Its common that they won't like baths. My daughter disliked the bathing as well but shes okay with it now (she's 11weeks now)but whens shes out of the water and into the cool air ....that's something different. But her doctor said it was okay to give a bath once a day but preferably in the morning.
Lina - posted on 02/18/2010
I give my baby bath every other day and he loves it, no hassle with changing him. He has a bright blue bow on top of his changing table that he looks at. I also think he loves when I'm changing his pampers - he comes and laughs...
Heather - posted on 02/18/2010
My little girl was born in the water so the water isn't a problem for her. The only thing she didn't like at first was the soap. We take showers because she likes to be next to someone while in the water. When I start the shower and she's in a mood she instantly calms down. She takes a shower with me every other day. We found she didn't mind the soap as much if someone else was soapy as well! Diaper changes aren't a problem unless she's hungry or her reflux is bothering her. If it's the wipes he doesn't like try breathing hot air on them. I always try to get her in a good mood when she's laying on her back and it helps move things along during diaper changes. Also something else to focus on helps her too. Good luck!
Dani - posted on 02/18/2010
My baby only liked her bath when daddy did it but now shes loves it when i do too, my sister in law told me to but a warm cloth on her belly well your washing the rest of her and she just loves it calm as can be . Also her room is really bright and theres a big light above her change table that she stares at well i change her and it seems to keep her happy and occupied , also i just talk to her well i do it , thats when i get the most smiles.
Michelle - posted on 02/18/2010
You can try just wetting his feet first so he get accustomed to the water while talking to him,it works for my little girl and she loves bath time.She is almost 3 months and she get a bath 2-3 time a week, a bath everyday is not necessary,until he get a little older maybe 6-8 months,just make sure you keep the face and pamper area clean everyday.
My son does not like his bath when given in a baby bathtub. He does enjoy his bath if I put him in our tub with me. He also enjoys the shower with me. I purchased a Bath Luve at Kohl's for him. It is a big wash clothe that looks like a fish. When I put him in his baby bathtub I get the clothe wet with warm water and it fits over his whole body. He stays warm and has a nice time while I bathe him. It costs $10 and is well worth the price.
Meghan - posted on 02/17/2010
My daughter loves the shower! Screamed through her first 2 baths so I haven't even tried it again, but twice a week I take her in the shower with me and she just has an amazed look on her face. I don't think bathing too often is necessary- I clean her bottom with a warm, soapy washcloth daily and too much bathing can rinse away essential oils. She hasn't had diaper rash yet (knock on wood!) so I think it's working!
Mary - posted on 02/17/2010
twice a week for baths. he hates it. i make the water temp between 99F and 100F. and i learned that if i get behind the bathtub and hold him behind his back, and my husband washes him, its a little more tolerable that way. he screams during diaper changes, but its bc hes cold.
Jenn - posted on 02/16/2010
my daughter Lea is 6 weeks almost 7 and since she was 4 weeks old i have been taking her in the shower with me. i do it when daddy is home so he can help. SHE LOVES IT! hated bath time, tho. when she hears the shower running and i start undressing her, she smiles and coos and kicks. i have daddy squirt baby wash and baby shampoo in my hand when i need it and i rinse her hair off with a wash cloth. then i have him cuddle her in her towel while i quickly finish showering. this is a good way to bond, not to mention i get more showers now! LOL i ususally give her a bath every 2 to 3 days but we are trapped in the house due to cold weather so if your bringing baby out maybe everyother day is fine.
ps don't be afraid to bring them in the shower if its tramatic at least you tried and they won't remember right?
i hope you find something that works for you! good luck! 8)
Melody - posted on 02/16/2010
For the diaper changes, try giving him some diaper-free time. Lay him in a safe spot, and let him kick with no diaper on. I prefer to do this in the crib, as I have a toddler (16 mo) I have to keep up with, too! This allows his bottom to dry off naturally, instead of having a rough diaper against that tender, wet skin. Also, it allows him to move his legs freely. Try to talk to him and smile at him while giving him the diaper free time, too.
Also, my grandfather's suggestion when one of his great-grands wouldn't tolerate diaper changes: Give the baby a massage at the same time. Work his legs for him, pump them, rub them, make them feel good. It won't work right away, but eventually, the baby will begin to smile during diaper changes because he knows that good things are coming.
Another suggestion I was given: cloth instead of disposables or vice versa. Sometimes the materials make all the difference in the world!
Melissa - posted on 02/12/2010
I give my 8 week old a bath every other day, in the evening right before going to bed. Mine hated bath time until he was about 4 weeks old. He would scream and scream. Now, I sing to him and make silly faces and he'll smile. I think it distracts him enough to realize that bathtime isn't so bad! He took a bath last night and was in there for 15 minutes just kicking and talking.
I also agree that a wipe warmer is a good idea. We purchased one when my son was 2 weeks old and he no longer cringes when that cold wipe touches him. It makes those night time changes much more pleasant.
Sharon - posted on 02/12/2010
My 2 mo old twin girls gets a scheduled bath every other day and also get bathed when they had an oops! As far as like & dislike bath it’s hit of miss, sometimes they like it sometimes they don’t but most of the times they are content just sitting in a tub of warm water and looking around until we pull them out of the water.
I also find that a baby wipe warmer really helps with the night time diaper change because they used to cry bloody murder before we got the warmer and now they may fight a little but not as bad, I also found out for middle of the night changes it’s better done before the feeding so they go right back to sleep when they get their milk coma.
Bethany - posted on 02/12/2010
It is actually better for infants if they don't get a bath every night. There new skin is still opening up the first couple of months. I give my little one her bath every 2 or three days and just make sure I keep up on the little leaks from both ends, with a wash cloth or a wipe. She like her bath time better if I leave the water running a little bit so she can hear it while she's bathing, that way it also stays warm and fresh!
Stephanie - posted on 02/12/2010
My Daughter is almost 9 Weeks...SHE LOVES THE BATH...at first until the umbili fell off we bathed her in a comfort bather and she wasn't to fond of the water for the first few weeks...She never really cried hard but got upset when her face got wet from the wash cloth or very inconveniently she wasn't to nurse right when we started to bath her. After her first month we started putting very little water in the tub and eliminating the bather. SHE LOVED THE WATER after that. She coos and gaas and smiles the whole time she is kicking and splashing. She only gets upset when I take her out. and put a diaper on her as she knows play time is officially over!! I bath her every other day...that way her skin doesn't get to dry and she doesn't really every forget what bath time feels like
My son is 7 weeks old and he hated getting a bath. He would scream and just like a couple days ago he started to love it.....thank god! I put a warm wash cloth on his tummy and wash his head first and then wash his body. I normally give him a bath ever 2-3 days
Jasmine - posted on 02/11/2010
my 7week old son loves the bath! he didnt like the 1st one too much but now he sits quietly and lets me wash him up! Maybe the water is too cold or too hot or hmmm maybe a irritating rash? don't stop bathing, just look for the problem.
Tarin - posted on 02/09/2010
I have an almost 8 week old and she hated baths for the first few weeks and would scream for hours. We tried to bath her every night to get her used to it but it didnt work. We started having showers with her and now she loves the water and has no worries with her baths. Hope it goes well.
Cherie - posted on 02/09/2010
my daughter is 9 weeks and never liked bath time either. I wash washing her in the infant tub. I don't wash her in that anymore, i get in the tub with her and wash her. She doesnt scream anymore...until she gets out and has to dry off.. i think bc she gets too cold. I try to set a routine and give her a bath every night, then feed her maybe read a book and then put her to bed. I only wash her with soap every other day. I have noticed with my little girl is she doesn't like to lay back, so i have her sitting up and sometimes a little bent over on her tummy. I also try to talk to her and tell her what I am doing, so she hears my voice and feels comfortable. I try to make it fun and play with her. I also constanly pouring warm water on her body to stay warm. oh and b4 the bath I steem the bathroom up really good. As for the diaper change my baby loves it. We do the same... talk to her (unless its at night), play, and gently wipe her.
Jessica - posted on 02/08/2010
I bathe my 7 week old, Melissa every 2-3 days, depending on how dirty she gets. the firts bath my husband and I gave her she hated, but after that first bath she loves it! sometimes she looks so relaxed that i just let her fall asleep in the bath a couple of minutes (I'm there making sure she doesn't go under the water of course) since she likes it so much!
Ehrin - posted on 02/08/2010
My daughter hates taking baths. One of my friends told me to try taking a shower with her. I had it on low pressure and she actually seemed to enjoy it. She had a smile on her face for almost the whole time and didn't cry a single time. Normally with a bath as soon as she touched water she started screaming. We try to make sure she takes a bath at least every other night before we feed her the last bottle for the night. My daughter hates having her diaper changed. We got a wipe warmer and she doesn't cry as much, but it still hasn't stopped her from being completely upset.
Victoria - posted on 02/07/2010
We bathe our son every night just to get a night time routine in place. He definitely knows the night time routine after just about 2 months of bathing every night. He loves bath time but he's particular about it. He doesn't like water on his face, he doesn't like his butt and back washed, but other than that he loves the warm water on his feet, legs, tummy, arms, and his hair washed!
Belinda - posted on 02/07/2010
My wee girl doesnt like bath time either, do you bathe her by yourself?? I've found that having my husband talking to her and playing with her while i hold her and clean her keeps her distracted enought to get the job done and get her out before she can protest too much.
Torie - posted on 02/07/2010
My baby doesn't like baths either, but we bath her twice a week. I read in this book: Your Baby's First Year...That two baths is best and it will also help him/her get used to it. Don't give up!! Now with the nap and bed time changes the trick is for me at least is to be quick...lol. I hope it works for you!
Anna - posted on 02/07/2010
My l9 week old girl likes taking a bath. We usually give her bath every 2 days to make sure that her skin will not get too dry. After she wakes up we usually feed her, burp her and then wait like 30 minutes and she is ready for bath. We try to always keep a towel or washcloth over her body and splash her with water to make sure that she stays warm. The last part of the body that we wash is her head because since babies loose so much body heat through their heads we don't want her to get sick. Then sometimes we wrap her in a warm towel (we ran it in the dryer for couple of minutes) and she loves it.
Raina - posted on 02/07/2010
Congrats on ur little miracle. My son didn't like his first bath but likes them now. I do make sure I keep a rag that is warm on his body or constantly splash water on his body to keep him warm. He gets a bath every other day. As for him getting upset I would feed him first and them give a bath. My little boy wakes up very hungry and screaming so that is the first thing we have to do. He does very well after that.
Jaime - posted on 02/06/2010
I bath my 7 week old every 2nd or 3rd day. For the first 3 weeks, he hated his bath and screamed! He gradually got used to it and loves it now!! I would wrap him in a towel first and hold him over the bath, wash his hair, dry it with the towel and then unwrap him and slowly ease him into the water. I'd dip his feet in and out a few times and gradually work up to the rest of his body. He loves tummy time in the bath too, it's soooo cute how he kicks in excitement!
Nappy changes ... that took a couple of weeks for him to settle down with. It was mainly the cold wipe he didn't like but it doesn't bother him now. He smiles, goos and gaas at me while we have nappy changes now :)
My first son, who is now 8 years old, hated his bath for 3 whole months! Then one day, he just decided to love it, it was all very strange lol.
Jessica - posted on 02/06/2010
first of all congrats your baby! i have 3 kids and only my first liked the bath. with both of my girls i had to get in the tub with them and they loved it then! it took them a little while to get use to it, but the nice thing is with the skin to skin if the wanted to they could nurse while we were in the bath. now the only time my baby cries is when i take her out. but some babies just dont like it at this age. i know how hard it is when they are crying and upset it's so hard to deal with. especially if you have a little miracle baby, my second baby was, she was a preemie and nobody thought she would survive but now she is almost 2! it will get easier, you never know maybe some day soon your baby will love the bath.i'm a firm believer that being a mom is one of the hardest things in the world, especially if you have a preemie. i think being a parent is a lot of trial and error. i hope everything works out for you
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