From Sponge Baths to Tub Baths: Step-by-Step Tips

Moms' Bath-Time Hints

I put some butterflies on the ceiling above the tub. When I want my baby to look up so she won't get soap in her eyes, I ask "Where are the butterflies?" -- Alicia Lucio

Instead of pouring water on baby's head, use a turkey baster to gently get his head wet and rinse the soap off. -- Elene Fox

I hang a plastic tub mirror on the wall so that my daughter can watch me shampoo her hair. I make funny hairdos with the lather. She loves it. -- Courtney Barton

I use the suds to make a horn on each of my two boys' heads. They like playing monster with one another and don't mind the shampoo. -- Kathryn Thomas

I use a plastic watering can on my son's hair to wet and rinse it. I'm able to control the flow better and he likes to be watered so he can "grow." -- Christy Farris

I let my daughter choose her own shampoo. I also let her her "help" rinse her hair with the cup. She doesn't get as upset when she's the one who puts water on her face. -- Kristi Russo

To keep from splashing into baby's eyes, use the squirt bottle they gave you at the hospital. -- Candi Derr

Originally published in American Baby magazine, May 2005.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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