October 13, 2010 (10:39 am)

How I Give Kamea Her Bath

by Kristen Suzanne

We’ve come a long way since Kamea had her first bath and didn’t take to it very well (read more here). But, she bathes like a champ now. She loves it. It gets easier every week as she grows a bit more and gets stronger. Bath time is fun for both of us. This is an action shot – haha.

So, what do I do? We bathe together because that seems to be the easiest. We started with this bath tub seat for her but it wasn’t as easy as it looks. I liked that it was small – for infants – and figured it would be a better option. However, it’s on quite an incline so she was sliding down it a bit. I found myself holding her in place with one hand and washing with the other hand. Not the easiest.

Then, I decided to try this bath tub sling/chair – it was really cheap so why not. From the picture it seemed perfect because she could recline a bit and I figured I wouldn’t have to hold her with one of my hands the whole time like I was doing with the white chair. However, when I tried this sling/chair a couple of times, she looked really uncomfy in it. It seemed to put her head in an awkward position. We don’t use this chair anymore.

I decided to give the white bath tub seat another try. This time though, I loaded it up with towels to make it softer on her and to help prevent her from sliding down too much. It seems to do the trick. First I use a couple of bamboo washcloths folded up and put on the bottom.

Then, I use a hand towel and cover the whole thing.

This has been working for us quite well so far. She smiles the whole time she’s getting bathed.

There are loads of options for bath tub seats when it comes to babies. Since the white bath tub seat seems to be doing the trick for now, we’ll stick with it. It’s supposed to be used until she’s 18 pounds at which time I’ll have to buy another chair. I’m not comfortable with not using any seat and just holding her like some mamas do, because she’s slippery and I want to have both of my hands free for washing.

Here she is after her bath, all wrapped up in her bamboo towel wrap.

As far as bath soap for Kamea… sometimes I just use water and sometimes I use soap. Lately, for the soap I’ve been using Earth Mama Angel Baby. It’s very nice and scores a big fat zero on the Skin Deep database. YAY! Safe for my baby. Safe for mama. After the bath sometimes I put either organic coconut oil on her skin or organic jojoba oil (I love this jojoba oil). It’s great for keeping her skin soft and moisturized because we live in a dry climate.

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  • http://gingeristhenewpink.blogspot.com/ Lauren519

    Aww! What a sweet pea she is! :) I am already nervous about bathing my baby. I keep thinking about how slippery it is!!! Thanks for the tips, def. not going to attempt it alone. Thank goodness for hubby's! :) I just ordered some Earth Mama baby stuff from Amazon, they have good deals when you buy in bulk. I bought the tushy rash stuff you mentioned and the baby oil. I'll have to checkout these products too now, thanks!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Kamea's very first bath that she hated was with her on the counter

    (lying on a towel) and we used water from the sink. The first time I

    bathed Kamea in the bathtub with me, I had my husband hand her to me

    after I got in the tub. The second time and thereafter, I just carried

    her in myself. It was pretty easy. But, I definitely recommend help

    from hubby at least the first few times until you're comfortable.

    They're so cute all wet, naked, and splashing in the tub.

  • Samantha

    The primo bath is amazing! It has two sides, one for when they can't sit up and one when they can. It's great and we just love it!!
    http://www.amazon.com/Primo-340W-PRIMO-EuroBath-Pearl/dp/B000056OV0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1287079075&sr=8-1

  • Bitt

    Just spent time with my niece who is 6 weeks. She has the primo bath but you need to hold her head up a bit. She is to the big side (11 pounds). http://www.amazon.com/Primo-340W-PRIMO-EuroBath-Pearl/dp/B000056OV0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=baby-products&qid=1287107826&sr=1-1

    She disliked it at first but now likes it! I wonder if they just need to get used to it.

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Good to know. I might try that since she will be outgrowimg this soon.

    Thx!

  • http://twitter.com/MsAdventuress Ms. Adventuress

    So sweet – and what a great solution to the sliding. Well done!

  • Leslie

    I love all the Earth Mama Angel Baby stuff—we especially like the bottom balm and use it for lots of other things too, like cuts/scrapes, chapped skin. The sling bath seat is really neat!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Love the bottom balm too! Awesome stuff!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6DXCNRGRRYLALVLG4VTBA4IRN4 S.

    I find that a pair of soft cotton gloves keeps babe from slipping–especially for tub time with mommy!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Neat idea.