I’d like to let you in on a little secret…my husband was too afraid to give each of our three children a bath in the first 18 months of their lives. He said they were too delicate and fragile. I remember when I had to have an emergency appendectomy just 10 days after my first child was born, I was in the hospital for a week and returned home to find a very stinky baby. I don’t know why my husband would be so scared of bathtime…it’s such a bonding experience for baby and parent. For me, giving my daughter a bath before bed is one of the highlights of my day.
Now that she’s 2, my husband regularly volunteers to give her a bath. He’s no longer afraid she’ll break. He loves being silly with her, using squirt toys and buckets to make her laugh. She loves nothing more than getting Daddy soaking wet with the squirt toys. Her giggle can be heard all over the house. We always use JOHNSON’S BABY products. The wonderful smell of JOHNSON’S Baby Shampoo brings back memories of when my sons were babies, and I love using it on my daughter now.
Whenever we travel with our daughter, we bring her bathtub from home. She seems to be the most comfortable in it, and isn’t quite ready to sit free-style in a big bathtub. We always have to make sure the temperature of the water is just right and we have her favorite toys handy. If the water is too hot or too cold, she’ll get upset and that won’t make bathtime fun at all for anyone.
Right now JOHNSON’S is having a Facebook photo contest that you should check out. There’s also a fun Twitter party coming up. Here are the details:
Theme: Making Baby’s Bathtime, Fun Time
When: Wednesday, September 21st
Time: 1pm-2pm EST/10am-11am PST
Where: On Twitter with the Hashtag #BabyBathtimeFun. You can also use this customized TweetGrid (or TweetChat, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, etc) to follow all the action from the 6 co-hosts at once.
Hosts: @Mcontemporanea @darielacruz @mamalatina @JaiMami @coupon_chica @spanglishbaby and moderated by @lbconnect
Twitter Prizes: Three winners. Each will receive a prize worth $200 ($150 gift card + $50 value bag worth of Desitin and JOHNSON’S Core products). To be eligible to win, you must join the party and participate during the hour with an original tweet (RT´s not eligible) using the #BabyBathtimeFun hashtag and answer the Giveaway questions.
So, tell me, is your husband also squeamish about giving your newborn or infant a bath? Can you offer any bathtime tips for new moms?
Disclosure: I am participating in a blogging program from Neutrogena and Latina Bloggers Connect, and this post makes me eligible to win a compensation.