Even though I experienced complications post-delivery, one of the greatest resulting blessings was that the home care nurse I was assigned just so happened to be a pediatric nurse at Sick Kids as well. Her advice for all things babe has been an invaluable resource. One of her suggestions was for bathing babe, since I couldn’t get in the tub with him due to my wound. It’s been one of his most favourite parts of the day ever since.
Let me start by saying that the little guy absolutely will not go to sleep without having a bath first. Even the night he got his first set of vaccines and was screaming his face off, he would not sleep until first having a little splash. (He was out solid about 5 minutes after I pulled him out of the tub that night.)
Our wonderful nurse suggested laying down a big ol’ towel in the bottom of the tub, with a few inches of water in the bottom for babe to splash in. The towel would keep him from slipping around and protect his little limbs flipping and kicking about. He’d still feel the sensation of ‘swimming’ like when in the full tub with daddy, only it’d be safe for mom to do solo, with the added benefit of cutting down on our water bill – nightly tub-fill-ups (for such a little guy) can get costly.
Well wouldn’t you know it, babes just loves taking a bath this way! In fact, we’ve found he almost prefers it now to having a swim in the deep waters.
What are your tricks when it comes to bath time?