bathtime for baby

These updates have been so fun to share, and I love hearing I’m not alone in some of the registry mistakes I’ve made. Here’s hoping this series is helpful for a few of you first time mamas! Today’s installment offers a few new recommendations for bath and potty time!:

1. DIAPERS + WIPES
Because I’m trying to keep the newborn phase as easy as humanly possible, I’m intimidated to mess with cloth diapers. Instead, we’re opting for diapers and wipes from The Honest Co. – plant-based, ultra-absorbent alternative disposables. Here’s hoping for minimal leakage!
Update: These worked, you guys. I shared more about why I love them here, but I highly, highly recommend. Note: The Honest Co. wipes are the only wipes that don’t give Bee a diaper rash, so if your baby has sensitive skin, I’d suggest these! A+.

2. BABY TUB
I’m head over heels for the Puj Tub - a foldable, soft solution that’s as well-designed as it is comfy for baby.
Update: OK, I wanted to love the Puj tub because it’s beautiful, but it super duper didn’t work for us. It would likely be perfect if you have a smaller pedestal sink to support the tub (it’s foam, so it needs a circular form beneath it to maintain its shape, if that makes sense?). But for our square (deep!) farmhouse sink, the tub had too much room to float around and never could support the weight of Bee. We ditched it after bath #1 and have been tub-less ever since. F- for us! (Note: Once Bee was able to hold her head up, I used the insert of our BabySnug to support her during sink baths. Worked like a charm!)

3. BABY LOTION
If it’s good enough for mom, it’s good enough for baby! I use Yes to Carrots lotion daily, so I’m thrilled with Yes To Baby Carrots Lotion for the wee ones.
Update: I still haven’t tried this because, to be honest, we don’t use a lot of products with Bee. She did, however, have a small patch of eczema on her leg when she was just a few months old, and OMG this product was magically healing (and smells amazing). We’ve been using it as lotion for Bee (and I’ll admit, me!) ever since.

4. BABY SHAMPOO + BODYWASH
Packed with soothing aromatherapy, California Baby calming shampoo and bodywash is a fan favorite for its safe and gentle organic blend of sustainable ingredients.
Update: This is my very favorite shampoo and body wash for Bee, and the scent is incredibly relaxing (and not overpowering!). A+.

5. TRAVEL DIAPER CHANGING KIT
If you’re a mom on the go, a travel solution for changing diapers is a good idea. I love Munchkin’s Travel Diaper Changing Kit for its simplicity and no-fuss design. Plus, a hidden zipper allows for creams, ointments and lotions.
Update: My diaper bag came with a changing kit, so I used that one instead. I also found it helpful to corral diapers, travel changing pad, wipes and ointment into a zipped pouch (my diaper bag came with this, too!) for quick and easy changes.

6. DIAPER OINTMENT
To keep that sweet little bum clean and rash-free, diaper ointment is a must. I’m a fan of Burt’s Bees entire line, so I’m anxious to see how the Burt’s Bees diaper ointment compares to its counterparts!
Update: Right before Bee was born, our midwife recommended extra light olive oil in lieu of diaper cream and we swear by it. For days that are extra messy(!), we layer the above ointment from Burt’s Bees with olive oil and it seems to do the trick just fine. We also love Honest Healing Balm for stashing in our diaper bag when olive oil isn’t the easiest to transport. A+!

7. BABY WASH CLOTHS // QTY: 8+
It never occurred to me to register for baby-friendly wash cloths until my girlfriend reminded me that baby skin is so very sensitive. These cotton terry wash cloths are perfect for a soft and soothing bathtime experience!
Update: OK, I haven’t used wash cloths yet when I bathe Bee. Am I a horrible mother or just super gross? I mean, how much scrubbing does a baby need? Gosh, I’m torn on this. Either way, we haven’t used these, so I’m giving myself an F.

8. HOODED BATH TOWEL // QTY: 2
Hooded bath towels are functional and oh-so-cute – the perfect blend!
Update: Yes, these are adorable. But for Bee, they were hardly functional. We just wrapped her in an over-sized towel and transported her to her nursery for a quick change. I can see this being useful for older babies or toddlers who wriggle around and want story time before they get dressed, but a big fluffy towel has worked just fine for us. I will say, however, they do look mighty cute hanging on the bathroom doorknob. C-!

Tell me, how did you guys fare in the bath+potty department? I’d love to hear! And for the entire registry (including a few updates already), visit this page!

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