Post # 1
Hi mama bees, just a question for you. For those of you who take showers with your baby, aren’t they slippery? I am wondering if we can skip a baby bathtub and just take the little guy in the shower with us, but am afraid he will be too slippery, especially with soap. And what happens once he starts wiggling around? Just curious how this has worked out for you!
Post # 3
@shelliduke: We did this at first because she hated her tub. It was always me, my husband and baby so one of us could hold her and one of us could wash her. And then one person got out of the shower and the other would hand her out. But as she got bigger and more squiggly we tried the tub again and she freaking loves it. So now she just gets baths.
Post # 4
I did baths and not showers with mine, but since they were bathed more often, we used those giant sponges shaped like a baby (don’t know if they still make them anymore,tho) that were fabulous. You pushed down on them until they absorbed water, so the baby was always warmed on both sides. They are pretty slippery, so I’d have been worried about doing showers.
Post # 5
I’ve never showered with DS, but Darling Husband used to do it all the time (DS didn’t like the tub as a newborn, but now he loves it, so we do baths). Darling Husband never seemed to have a problem with it! Also, as newborns they are slippery, but they’re not moving around that much. I’d be more worried trying to hold DS now that he’s bigger and tries to launch himself backwards occasionally.
Post # 6
I bathed with my little guy and so did with my husband if was so much easier, just cause your busy enough to do everything in a day. But i also gave him baths in his own tub too change it up. When i tried to shower yea i found it slippery but i brought his bumbo in and plugged the drain so he could feel the water on his toes. then when i was done i would spray him with the long sprayer.
Post # 7
Fiance and I both showered with her until she was about a year old.
What I did was
1. Wash my hair first so the soap wouldn’t run into her eyes
2. Washed below my waist and my arms
3. Washed her while I held her in my arms
4. Washed my torso while I washed her
She was slippery but I plopped her on my big, child-bearing hips and she wouldn’t slide down at all. Then if Fiance was home I would pass her out to him so I could shave my legs. If I was alone I skipped the shaving and we toweled dry together.
Just trust your intuition, if it feels right do it.
Post # 8
We always shower with DS. We have one of those shower heads that you can pull down and hold. We just put him on a towel, baby bathers, or bumbo, on the floor. Or we sit with him on the floor. Then I wash myself and then I wash him. I get out and he is still on the floor and I dry really quickly and then wrap him up. So far it has worked. He LOVES the shower. Just the sound immediately calms him.
Post # 9
Last night, I took a suction mat (the one you can use as placemats restaurants) sat her on it and sat behind her. Hubby sprayed her down and I washed her. After rinsing, he took her off to dry while I finished my shower. She LOVED the spraying!! So easy to wash hair this way too. She’s getting too big for her whale tub. I’m too scared to hold her standing up though.
Post # 10
Thanks for all the great feedback! I think we’ll try the sponge tub thing, but you’ve given me some confidence to give showering with DS a try when he comes. 🙂
Post # 11
Also, just as an FYI for anyone else interested – I brought this up with my husband and he said he read a suggestion to put socks over your hand to help with the slippery-ness, and cut out holes for the thumbs. I thought that was a good idea!
Post # 12
Everyone I know in NYC just uses the bathroom sink to give baby a bath 🙂