Once baby is sitting up (at about 6 months), you can start washing him in the regular tub. Put his baby tub in the big tub the first few times so the change is not so scary. After he seems comfortable, place him in a bath seat or bath ring (which attaches securely to the bottom of the tub) to keep him from slipping. Remember, even if baby is able to sit up in the tub at six months and sit in a safety ring, he must NEVER be left unattended -- not even for a moment.
Until baby's old enough to close his eyes or hold his head back, use a face visor when shampooing his hair to prevent shampoo from getting into his eyes. When you're done, take baby out before emptying the tub so he doesn't get cold and scared.
Reviewed 11/00 by Jane Forester, MD
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