Post # 1
Hey team. Expecting my first and trying to get a list together of what to buy.
It seems like everyone I speak to does the bathing thing a little bit differently. There’s inserts/supports for your current bathtub, baby bathtubs that go in your bathtub or on the counter, and a lot of change tables come with a built-in bathtub (I lean towards this as I’m having a planned C section and husband has a bad back so standing up would be amazing!).
Anyway I’m in New Zealand so I may not have access to all of the products that you suggest but I’m still curious to know what everyone else has done with their babies. Seriously everyone I know has done it slightly differently 😂
Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
Before I had my little one i really liked the idea of a change table with one built in, however depending on how you fill and drain it, it could be worse than having to kneel at a bath tub
We had a little reclining seat that had a mesh like material. It was great except for it had no suction pads so it slipped a lot. SO’s brother and wife had a baby bath tub but their son quickly grew out of it,which is the biggest problem with baby items!
Once our son was able to sit unsupported (about six months) we had a swivel chair (I’ll include a pic of one similar). We got more use out of that than anything else!
This might sound a bit old style but babies don’t care where they are bathed, and if you find you can’t be bending down at and over a bath tub for a few weeks, it is okay to bath them in the sink! That’s where my son had his first bath as he puked over everything and I didn’t have any bath seat for him yet and the sink seemed easiest.
For what it’s worth, after having to deal with some poop and puke-plosions, I think anything in a proper bath is always less hassle, it drains away easily, you can swap out the dirty water and refill with fresh water if need be and you can fill it up while holding baby without having to carry anything or put and poop covered baby down somewhere they won’t make a mess 😂🙈
Little sponge baths is the best way to wash baby until the chord falls off anyway, you can always see how you are after the first week or two and then decide 🙂 see if anyone has anything you can borrow until you find the thing you want to commit to 🙂
Post # 3
Babies really don’t need much gear. We got an adorable baby bathtub but it was such a hassle and a pain to bend over the tub, we rarely used it. When he was super tiny, we used that. He was slippery and I was anxious! Otherwise, bathing in a small amount of water directly in the tub or during one of our showers (hold him and then hand him out to the other) was the standard. The more I could do to make things easier and more efficient, the more likely I was to stick with it.
Post # 3
I’m due a month after you, and we’ll be going with the change table/bath combo from the Baby Factory.
We don’t use the bathroom next to the nursery, which has plenty of room for the change table. I also like that it means no bending/easier on knees, and I like things that serve a double purpose. Another thing I like is the drainage hose – I can empty the tub into a bucket for the garden. Not sure if that is of any interest to you though since you’re in urban Wellington, but just a thought anyway. I do think this is one of those ‘to each her own’ situations and everyone will have a different opinion. You just have to do what is best for your family/house.
Can I ask why you’re having a planned C-section? I’m just thinking about birthing and wondering if that is an option. Don’t feel like you have to answer if it’s too personal, of course!
Post # 4
can you explain bathing him in a shower? I saw a commercial where they were like first baby = baby tub; second baby = shower and I was like “omg I need to understand how to wash our baby in the shower because I 100% am sure that’s what I’ll do” (it’s already how we wash our dog..)
anywho so.. explain? Like would you do it only be done once baby’s neck doesn’t need to be supported anymore? Otherwise, how do you hold baby and meanwhile wash them? Am I overthinking it?
(I’m not even pregnant so none of these are urgent to get answered, but I thought since you seem to know how to do it and we’re on the subject, I’d ask!)
ETA: almost forgot the reason i clicked. OP you may find this useful: https://www.lucieslist.com/baby-registry-basics/bath-time/
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Post # 6
WHERE ARE YOU?! lol did I mention somewhere that I’m in Wellington?! I’m not in the city though, out in Lower Hutt and live along the river and we have a big garden so that idea is great! I’m a bit creeped out lol
Definitely one of those baby change tables with a bathtub from Baby Factory is exactly what I’m considering the most, was actually there just yesterday having a look. 🙂
About the c section, I’m fine to disclose why, there’s not much to it other than it being a very long standing personal preference. I’ve never considered going through vaginal birth and I’ve always wanted children. My best friend had her first 7 years ago and even back then I knew I just didn’t want to do it that way. I researched it over the course of many years and thankfully have close friends and family (like my mother) who have had both emergency and planned C sections and it’s definitely the right choice for me. I’d chosen a private obstetrician who was happy to book me in for one before we even started trying. Dr Jay Marlow is mine, she’s head obstetrician at Wellington hospital so knows her stuff!! Might be worth calling their office and asking the questions. She also facilitates natural births. X
We’re doing shared care where I have a midwife who is looking after me while pregnant and doing my home visits and breastfeeding etc. The obstetrician is purely part of the latter part of my pregnancy and planning for the surgery. At this stage, it’ll be booked for 39 weeks. My pregnancy is uncomplicated but it’s early so if complications arise, the obstetrician will take over completely. I then also have my usual 6 week post op check up with the obstetrician. We are paying a couple grand for the surgery out of pocket. The midwife is obviously free here in NZ x I feel like I’m getting the best of both worlds 🙂
Post # 7
We have a tub for the sink, but were also gifted the Blooming Bath at our shower and it’s one of the best baby things ever. I used it with both my niece and my nephew and was really excited to get one!
http://www.bloomingbath.com, I believe it’s also on amazon.
Post # 8
Hahaha sorry 😂 Yeah you mentioned in a thread, but I can’t remember if you specifically said Wellington or you said something about the city and I worked it out. I didn’t know where in Welly you were, just that you were in that region. I’m in Taupo now (rural, heeeeey tank water and 1.5acre garden lol), ex Auckland.
Thanks for sharing. I’m leaning towards a natural, vaginal birth, which I can do here in Taupo. Anything more than that and I would have to be transferred (Rotorua is closest) so I did wonder if a planned C-section would be less stressful.
Anyway, I don’t want to derail your thread! I really like the look of the Baby Factory ones. Not too bulky, not to expensive. Initially I liked the Cam Bagnetto ones, but the cheaper teddy bear ones look like they have more storage so I’m kind of leaning that way.
Post # 9
I’m also ex Auckland! We moved here in August! Maybe chat to your midwife hun, I had a friend who preferred a planned section and her midwife referred her on grounds of anxiety. She later developed placenta previa so needed it anyway! If there’s any chance that you’ll need an emergency one, that’s a far way to go!! My hospital isn’t even 20 minutes away and I have one about 5 minutes away too (doesn’t have an NICU). I can see why you’d be considering that as an option. When are you due? My EDD is 4 July but baby is going to be here on 29 June at this stage. We decide the exact day and time at 36 weeks. My husband travels a lot too for work so us doing the planned section means it’s a lot more likely he’ll be here for everything and he’s taking a month off work so I’ll have plenty of help during recovery etc. Gotta do what’s right for you 🙂
Post # 10
We moved December 2016. I miss Akl but don’t miss it at the same time. Every time we visit there seems to be a new suburb! Thanks, I have my next MW appointment in a fortnight and have SO many questions lol! I’m due August 10th. Nice being able to know exactly when baby will arrive – takes a lot of stress out. And knowing that Darling Husband will be there must be a relief! There are definitely pros and cons both ways!
Post # 11
We have this and love it! No fabric so easy to keep clean and it has a hook for hanging. We have used it in the sink and in the tub.
Post # 12
it was after our son was able to hold his head up but, again, that’s mostly because I was an anxious new mother. Our next kid is a shower baby from day one!
I would get in the shower and hold the baby and his father would reach in and lightly wipe him down with a washcloth. We rarely used soap on his skin since it was so sensitive. Primarily only to sluice off and only for a couple/few minutes. He was often more calm because he was being held than when he was put in water on his own. Once done, his father would grab a dry towel and take him from me and go start getting him dressed and I would go on and finish my shower. Then when I finished I’d take over dressing the baby and daddy would grab his shower. Then baby would hang out in his bouncer while we finished getting dressed. (And then, invariably, he’d shit right as we both finished getting dressed so we would have to take his clothes off and change his diaper before we left the house! 😂)
Don’t get me wrong- baby gear is hella cute and I loved the idea of it. I just found that when I was exhausted and sleep deprived, pulling that damn tub out (only to bathe the baby for a couple minutes and then having to dry it out and put the damn thing away again afterward) felt like a hassle.
Post # 13
We had a baby bathtub but, I mean… It was so much easier for me to bathe with her. I filled up our bath and just lie her on my chest and scrub scrub scrub her. We also got to bond and cuddle. It was even better when she started getting her vaccines, she could soak in the warm water with me and when she got a bit older she could kick her legs out to work the TDAP muscle aches and all that.
My daughter showers with me now (she’s almost 20 months) & it’s just so much easier after she got used to bathing with me.
I would’ve done the same thing if she had been a boy, too.
Post # 14
TwilightRarity : Hyperventilate :
Wow I hadn’t even thought of this, but it sounds great! Thanks so much for sharing, ladies 😊