Transitioning Baby to the Big Tub
When may your infant take a bath in a normal tub? Learn how to transfer your baby to the large tub in a pleasant and stress-free way for both baby and parent!
After you’ve perfected bathing your newborn baby, many parents wonder when they may transfer their child from a baby bathtub to a normal tub.
Most parents transition their little ones to the big bathtub when they are 6 months old. This is a very exciting time for both parent and child because it means that you can finally bathe your baby without having to worry about them getting cold or slipping off of your lap in the process. However, many parents struggle with what to do while bathing an infant up until six months of age. It’s important not to use any soap before this age so as not to irritate their delicate skin, but it can be difficult to decide how much shampoo and water should be used on those tiny bodies!
Once your baby can keep their head up and sit stably on their own, you may move them to a conventional tub.
It’s basically up to you and your child after that fundamental guideline. If you’re attempting to figure out what’s best for your family, stay reading for some advice.
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Signs It’s Time to Bathe Your Baby In The Big Tub
So, how can you know if your child is prepared?
Here are some reasons why you might wish to move your infant from a baby tub to a regular bathtub.
They’re approximately 6 months old and can sit on their own without assistance, hold their heads up, and have overall body control.
You wish to transition them into a baby bathtub for your own reasons, such as not wanting to store a baby bathtub anymore. They’ve outgrown their baby bath, either in terms of real size (they no longer fit) or adventurousness and activities (they need more area for their toys and splashing).
If you’re ready to say goodbye to your baby bathtub and hello to the big bath, read on for my best advice on how to make the transition as smooth as possible for both you and your kid.
Transitioning Your Child from a Baby Bath Tub To A Regular Tub
Get Your Baby Ready to Say Goodbye to Their Baby Tub
Once you’ve decided to start washing your baby in a conventional bathtub, there are several things you can do to make the transition smoother for him.
Baby baths are tiny for safety and convenience, as opposed to an adult-sized tub’s vastness. Depending on your kid, he or she will realize that there is a lot more room in the huge tub, which they may or may not appreciate.
Prepare for the transfer by making incremental adjustments before totally moving them to the big tub. This will increase the likelihood of the shift succeeding and avoid any “fear of the bath” from forming as a result of making the switch too fast.
Put The Baby Bathtub Into The Big Tub
Moving the baby tub’s physical placement is one of the simplest ways to transfer gradually.
If you’ve been washing your infant in the kitchen tub, now is the time to relocate it to the bathroom.
Once they’ve gotten acclimated to the concept that the bathroom is for bathing, it’s time to replace the baby tub with a conventional tub so they can get used to the area.
Finally, when they’re ready, you may take out the baby tub and bathe them in the large tub.
Get Into The Tub With Your Baby
Crawling into the tub with your infant the first couple of times you bathe them in the big tub will help them feel comfortable and secure. Sit in the tub’s back corner with your legs open in a V shape, and then have your baby come in and sit in between your legs, back against your tummy.
This is preferable to utilizing a bath seat, which the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against.
Bath chairs are prone to tipping over, allowing your baby to tumble into the water.
If you decide to take your baby into the tub with you, make sure they don’t have a full tummy if they poop in the tub (I speak from experience on this one).
Make It A Safe Experience
It’s just as vital to keep to your safety principles if you’ve moved your infant from the baby bath to the large bath.
Before you put your baby in the bath, double-check that you have everything you need.
The most important guideline of bath time is to keep an eye on the infant at all times. This includes gathering everything you’ll need for the bath ahead of time, so you won’t have to go into another room to fetch something or waste time rummaging through the cupboards.
When it comes to phones, I keep mine in the room in case I need to call for assistance, but I keep it on mute so I don’t get distracted, and I only use it in an emergency.
Touch Supervision Should be Used
When your infant is in the bath, touch supervision means keeping an eye on them at all times. It’s a necessary safety precaution, but it’ll also make your child feel more at ease throughout this major shift.
When transitioning your infant to the large tub, keeping a towel and other bath items nearby will make it easy to maintain tactile monitoring, making it less stressful and more enjoyable for everyone.
When transferring the baby to the large bath, you’ll want to keep some of the best practices from the baby tub, but you’ll probably need a few extra safety accessories:
- For the perfect bath water temperature, use a bath water thermometer. Aim for warm, not hot, water. If your baby bath has a temperature sensor, you should buy a floating bath water thermometer for the big bath so you don’t run a hot water bath, which might be uncomfortable for baby.
- For safety, use a non-slip bath mat. You’ll want to make sure baby doesn’t slip about once they’re in the much bigger normal tub, especially if you’re using bubbles, etc. In my opinion, a non-slip mat is a must-have.
- Cover for the bath spout. Babies are inherently inquisitive, and bath time becomes much more adventurous once they reach the toddler stage. A spout cover will cushion any brushes with it, preventing head bonks and scalds from contacting or falling into the faucet.
Keep It Comfortable
When you take off your baby’s clothes, immediately immerse them in water. This will keep them from becoming chilly and shivering, which will make them irritable even before bath time.
Place Baby Feet First
Help your infant into the tub, feet first, and make sure they’re comfortable with the temperature before lowering the rest of their body. To stay safe, keep the bulk of their torso, neck, and face far above the water’s surface. If you see them becoming cold, pour warm water into a rinser cup and place it over their body to keep them warm.
As soon as your baby is out of the water, towel dry their hair and body and then put them in a soft, hooded bath towel to keep them warm.
We allowed our kids to wear a bathrobe once they were able to stand and move independently.
Ensure the bathroom floor has a non-slip mat so that any water spilled out of the tub during its pleasure doesn’t become a problem while getting out and drying off.
You’re probably a little drenched at this time, too! You’ll most likely want to keep a towel handy for yourself.
After patting your infant dry, use a mild, fragrance-free moisturizing lotion to aid with dry skin patches, which are frequent. Just make sure it’s child-friendly and mild.
How to Make the Transition Even Better & More Fun
Use Tear Free Products
To avoid stinging or burning baby’s eyes, I always use tear-free, natural shampoo and baby wash, and to guarantee that no unpleasant chemicals accompany your little one in the bath.
Protect your Knees
Leaning over the huge tub as your baby splashes is a significant change for you as a parent, particularly for your knees and lower back.
A bath kneeler will assist relieve some of the stress by providing relief for your knees from the hard bathroom floor. While my child is playing, I also like to sit on her step stool, which is just next to the tub. That way, I can monitor without injuring my back by stooping over all the time.
Toys in the tub offer extra enjoyment and may help your little one transition to the large tub if they have a favourite toy from their baby bath. To avoid mold and mildew problems, make sure they’re kept clean.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of toys; this list of our favourite baby bath activities will help you get started!
Enjoy A Safe And Happy Bath In The Big Tub
It’s time to bathe your baby in the big tub! But it’s not as easy as you think. You want to make sure that they have a safe, comfortable experience and don’t end up with too much water on their heads or faces if they are sitting down. Here is how we recommend bathing your little one at home for the first time (or anytime after). Remember to keep toys out of reach so there isn’t any danger of them being dropped into bathwater. And remember that when babies are learning how to move around, touch supervision should be used because falls can easily happen. Have fun trying these tips from our blog post!