Sick of Being dirty
Let’s be honest, when you’re a new mom there isn’t enough time in the day to get simple stuff done anymore. Bathing the baby or yourself tends to get thrown on the backburner a bit. And that’s okay… sometimes, but surely you gotta get this stuff down at some point. I had a hard time with it at first too but after a while, I was sick of feeling dirty and yucky.
For the first couple weeks when my man got home from work it was “Here honey, your turn!” and I would secretly whisper “sucker” as I walked away. I’d totally milk it too and take like a 20-minute shower… shaving my legs… standing in that hot stream and enjoying every sweet minute of it. (It’s not cruel. I just gave birth and had horribly sore nipples. I needed it.) But understandably, this wasn’t always an option. I was going to have to find a new solution.
Bye-Bye sink cleaning!
Of course, using the sink or the bath is an obvious solution, but if you have OCD like me these usually just aren’t clean enough unless I wash them out well first, which can be very time-consuming! To get her cleaned up on a daily or every other day basis is too taxing. I already have enough chores on my list… thank you very much!
I thought, “This will be so much easier if we could just shower together and be done.” No tub scrubbing, no emptying a sink, and baby is not the only one getting cleaned up. Sounds good huh?
When you’re first starting out I know all too well how scary it can be. Babies are so slick and what about water in their face or ears? You just need to be careful and take the proper precautions and these things can be easily avoided.
However, If you’ve always been known for your butterfingers, you might just stick with baths…It always is better safe than sorry. You can still follow this guide, get yourself cleaned up and do a quick baby bath in the tub though.
I use a shower/bath which is helpful for putting your foot up as extra baby stability. It is also not recommended to give your baby a shower until they are at least 3+ months old.
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Things you may need:
- A non-slip, anti-bacterial bathmat
- A bouncy seat
- Baby towel (not exactly necessary but it’s what we use, plus it’s so stinking cute!)
- Baby wash (A no-brainer but make sure you have it in the shower)
- A multiple functioned shower head -If your water is too pressurized it can hurt baby’s sensitive skin.
- A bathroom heater. No chilly babies on my watch!
Before you actually get into the shower
First of all, bring your baby into the bathroom and strap them into their bouncy chair, place them next to the tub. Keep your baby in front of the shower so you can peek at them and make sure they’re doing okay every once in awhile, and so you can easily grab them when the time comes.
- You may want to give your baby a toy to keep them occupied.
- Keep the heater running if needed so baby won’t get cold. Be sure not to put the heater close to your baby or anything that may catch fire.
- Have baby already stripped down to nothing but their diaper. Check for poop.
- Bring a towel for baby, a towel for you and a towel for the floor because it will get wet and you don’t want to slip or make a mess.
- Make sure you have babies body wash and that the lid is open for easy access.
- If you have a slick bottomed shower get a non-slip mat.
- Have your multi-functioned shower-head applied before you start if you need one.
Double check you have everything else you need before you get in the shower. It’s a lot harder to manage once you have a slippery wet baby in your arms.
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Wash yourself first
We know that we can’t really wash up together with our baby, our soap is too strong for their sensitive skin, and it’s just not all that possible to wash ourselves with one hand. I mean it is possible, but it will take far too long and is unnecessarily dangerous. So skip out on all that and just take care of yourself first. I tend to take a fast shower, I don’t want to leave her sitting there naked for too long!
Now you’re all nice and clean and well rinsed off. (No lingering shampoo or body wash.) Time to get baby!
Bringing baby into the mix
Usually, my daughter is waiting oh so patiently. She likes listening to the sound of the water running. She’s my well-behaved girl, especially when it comes to getting clean time. I’m a lucky mom. ♥
Once you’re all finished up and baby is next to the tub, tilt the shower head away from the shower opening and dry your hands and arms for a better grip.
Unhook baby from bouncy, unstrap the sides of their diaper, and lift them up with both hands. Wrap your arm securely around them and hold them in place with one hand holding onto her arm and supporting upper chest.
Grab and pull the diaper off with your other hand and try to wipe any poo that might be on them into the diaper and just set the diaper off to the side, You can get to it when you’re done.
Now, just bring them into the shower. If there’s poop on baby: before they get all wet and slick, I hold my baby under each arm (very securely though) and put her genital/butt area into the water stream (avoiding getting her face wet) to get most of it off.
Once your content that there are no poopy chunks, turn your back to the stream (btw when you have your baby securely you can fix your stream at any time you feel it’s safe) with baby’s back to your belly, one arm securely around them, holding their arm. Your other hand will be offering any support or safety that they may need. Keep one foot on the side of the tub so that baby can sit on your leg with one of their legs resting on each side. This position offers baby a lot of security. (I have really good balance though, so for me, this is no problem.)
Keep baby’s face and ears out of direct the stream. (it mostly just gets on their legs) Try sitting just outside the stream and barely let it fall on you two, enough to keep you warm but not enough to overwhelm or splash in baby’s face and ears.
Okay, now that free hand grab the top of the already opened body wash bottle and tip it upside down allowing a small amount into your hand, and then masterfully set it back down,..
Starting with the back and belly, then move down to their butt, genitals and the crevices between the legs and belly, and work your way down each leg to her toes. This only takes a minute and is when you have to be most careful because they can be so stinking slick! Barely lift them off your leg to wash their bum. Keep them barely under the stream to rinse off the soap as the soap goes on to avoid too much slickness.
You can splash water on their tummy area with your hand to rinse easier.
After that, use just a tiny bit more soap and wash one arm, armpit, and fingers and immediately rinse it off. Then a little more soap and get the next arm just the same.
Next, get under the neck with soap. This area tends to get stinky and gross from all the puking and milk and all that nasty, so make sure it’s washed well.Rinse it off by getting your hand wet and using your hand as a washcloth of sorts to repeatedly rinse this area.
It sounds like a lot, but really it just takes seconds to do.
Now for the tricky part, head and face. Get a little soap covering their head then put a tiny bit on each cheek. Splash just enough water on the baby so that it flows over the back of their head and not onto their face. Be careful to avoid getting water in the ears.
For the face, get water on your hand, not a pool of water or anything, (You just want your hand to be wet) and quickly run it over her face in a downward motion. You do this a couple times and their face gets nice and clean with no water in their nose/mouth or eyes. Yipee!
Time to dry
Hold your baby around the tummy and arm like before and grab their baby towel and wrap baby up. (Maybe dry off their head a little bit) and set them back in their bouncy.
Now you can quickly dry yourself off and get dressed.
Now you can get cozy and beautiful and enjoy yourself!
The more you do this the better and quicker you will get and in the end, it becomes so easy.
I hope this made it easy fo you. I understand how scary everything is when your a new mom, but you got this!