We love Bath Time!
I have always loved baths. When I was a kid, I used to spend hours in the bath. It was always a highlight of the day (or, rather, the night) and I still remember how much fun it used to be splashing around and making up games in my head. Nowadays, my bath times are much more sedate and all about relaxing. But, for our boys, it is another time to play and have fun, before unwinding before bedtime.
A good bath has got to have bubbles involved. A bath without bubbles is like a roast without roasties. Disappointing.
There are a couple of favourites in my bath bubbles collection, suitable for little ones. I am always eager to not use anything highly perfumed so that it doesn’t dry out their skin. I also like any scent it does have to be as natural as possible. Something added that will aid relaxation and ultimately lull them to sleep when they are out and in their pyjamas.
I have always been a huge fan of the Humfrey’s Corner Bubble Bath. Lavender scented, brilliant at creating a rich foam of bubbles and part of the super cute Humfrey’s Corner Range, it has just always been a go to bath essential for me. I even use it for my own baths, the subtly of it’s scent is just right if I don’t feel like anything too heady filling up the bathroom.
Another favourite has been the Kit and Kin Bubble Bath that I received when I attended their blogging event I attended a short time ago. This bubble bath is just gorgeous! Fresh and clean smelling, almost fruity. But not a synthetic type of fruity that you can get with bath bubbles. I hate anything that smells like a dessert! For the kids especially. They are already sweet enough!
We also get excited about blowing bubbles! I found a huge pack of bubbles in Asda for only £3! I can’t find a link for them, but they do also sell this whole batch for just £3.50.
Bath time Fun
Toys. Bath Toys to be exact. They are just necessary, akin to the necessity of the bubble bath actually. Can you imagine putting your kid in the bath with absolutely nothing to play with?? They would last second. Milliseconds even, on a bad day. We have a huge basket full of a variety of different bath toys, ranging from stacking cups and bath crayons to a whole load of alphabet letters and characters that you stick to the side of the bath.
We also use a lot of bottles! Empty bottles, such as old bubble bath bottles or water bottles, are just so popular at bath time! I think the whole filling them up and pouring them out thing is just irresistibly good… especially for a toddler. We pretend to be in a cafe (or a bar, if I have had a hard day of Being Mummy) and I get poured a drink of fresh bath water and then ‘accidentally’ spill it. I am so clumsy, as I am yet to ever have a sip pass my lips. But Teddy is always happy, in fact, he thinks it’s hilarious. And it also means he gets to pour me another one.
George is only 7 months old so he likes to sit and chew things. Anything that is a sponge or a flannel is always being gummed! Give it time though. Soon enough he will be pouring me bath cocktails too!
Sponges vs Flannels
Hardly an earth shattering debate topic but, indulge my curiosity, are you a sponge or a flannel fan?
I am technically a body puff person (you know what I mean, the bunched up ball of netting on a piece of rope that lathers up any product really well somehow!). I don’t tend to use a body puff on the boys though as it is designed to exfoliate and is therefore a bit too much for their delicate skin. So I flit between sponges and flannels. Sponges are my favourite for being soft and gentle on them, and you always get a good lather with them. We especially love the baby soft ones like these Ramer Baby Sponges. They’re really dense and hold a lot of water, plus babies love to chew on them. I feel quite inclined to myself!*
The only downside to sponges, for me, is that they tend to have a short life span because they get smelly quite fast. I’ve never looked into washing them and reusing them, but I’m not confident they would maintain their softness or become completely clean again. So, a lot of the time I use flannels as we have a lot of them to hand and they can be put into the washing machine regularly.
Being a hairdresser, I am surprised by just how lapse I am at washing the boy’s hair! If the get food in it then obviously it is paramount to wash it. Same goes for the sandpit too. But I don’t wash their hair as often as you might think I would. Mostly once or sometimes twice a week is the norm. Over washing can dry out their hair. But under washing it doesn’t appeal either, so when I do venture forth with the shampoo bottle, I tend to use different ones for each of the boys. Mustela foaming shampoo has been great for George! It is slightly medicated to prevent cradle cap, but still natural and tears free. It comes out a little bit like shaving foam. So there’s none of that slippy-slidy, dropping-the-majority-of-the-shampoo-into-the-bath sort of fun that other products can do. For Teddy, I use the Kit and Kin Hair and Body Wash which is also natural and tears free.
Well, it would be. If Teddy wasn’t so set against hair washing. That’s a mind set thing rather than a shampoo thing though… slightly more complex to fix!
Once the boys have been bathed, I get them out of the tub, wrap them in a fluffy towel and dry them off thoroughly. I then give them little mini massages alternating between using cream moisturisers and body oils to keep their skin supple and leave them smelling all nice and fresh for bedtime. When I say mini massages, I don’t over exert myself!Ha! Who has time for pressure points and massage techniques. I simply rub it all over them until it is all absorbed into their skin.
Burt’s Bees are a firm favourite for their Nourishing Lotion, the subtle honey scent is delicious. And have also been loving the use of my Kit and Kin Magic Salve and Body Oil, both of them being really great at relaxing both boys in for their sleepy time.
It is such an ingrained part of our night time routine now, that if I ever skip the step of putting lotions and potions on them, I get paranoid that they won’t sleep as well and I shall be doomed to walk the earth as a mombie the following day!
I am always in fear of either one of them becoming sore with nappy rash, especially with George now that we are approaching full on teething mode. Therefore, I always use a nappy cream or ointment so that they are protected during the night. After all, nappy changes aren’t as frequent during the night time and both of my boys have deceptively large bladders given the amount the pee in their sleep, so knowing they have that barrier to protect their skin helps me feel reassured that nappy rash won’t attack.
*When I was pregnant with Teddy, my eldest, I developed a condition called Pica (where you crave strange and often inedible things). Bath sponges and dish sponges were my craving. I use to sit and chew them every evening in front of the TV. I don’t do it anymore but, every now and again, if a sponge is really soft then I do get a little pang of temptation to chomp down. But I doubt George would share to be honest!
So there you have it, the Bath Time Essentials that we couldn’t do without! What are yours?