I’ll always remember my son’s first bath, the week after we brought him home from the hospital. He loved the water, never fussed and was so happy and relaxed after. Maybe he gets it from my wife and I—we’re both water signs. Those first few baths were great, Logan was all smiles and it was great bonding time, too.
However, after my paternity leave was over, it became harder to find the time in the morning before work or at night before he went to sleep to share in the bath time routine. Since Ravelle works from home, baths more often than not ended up happening earlier in the day.
I really hated missing bath time. It was such a great bonding moment for me and, and it killed me to think that I couldn’t be involved any more. So my wife had a brilliant idea to have him in the shower with me during the week and save the baths for the weekend. Don’t tell her I said this, but she’s a genius. This is a win-win all around, I still get to share in that bonding experience and the prep/cleanup time is cut in half because there’s no baby tub to fill or wet floors to dry after.
Have his baby body wash and shampoo handy, we prefer Burt’s Bees, and when it comes to washing, we tackle the job in sections. Ravelle first soaps up his backside and legs, and then I rinse him off. We next repeat with his front. I don’t know if you know this, but babies are slippery when wet! This system ensures that he’s never too soapy and that I always have a firm grip on him. While washing, don’t forget his rolls, and the rolls within the rolls (that’s where the lint likes to collect). Once he’s all clean and rinsed, pass him off to your wife to dry off and get dressed while you then shower yourself. Teamwork makes the dream work.
Not only is this a quick and easy way to get your little one clean, but it’s also a really great bonding moment.