I’m back with the second post in my Newborn Essentials series and today we’re talking about something that caused me a great deal of anxiety when Harper was a newborn: bathtime. The first time I gave Harper a bath was in the NICU a few days before she came home from the hospital. A nurse walked me through every single step and Harper loved every second of it, especially getting her hair shampooed. So you can imagine how surprised I was when we bathed her at home for the first time and she screamed through the entire thing. She kept screaming through every bath for probably the first month of her life. Thankfully, she grew out of it, or we finally figured out what we were doing, and now bathtime is one of our favorite times of the day. These are the products that were invaluable to us during the first three months and we still use many of them now.
1 – aden + anais hooded towel set // There’s nothing cuter than a baby in a hooded towel. Cuteness factor aside, these towels are crucial for keeping your baby warm after a bath. I’m pretty sure that Harper was screaming during those early baths because she was cold. My friend Britnie told us to try using two washcloths – one to drape across Harper’s body and one to wash her. As soon as we started doing that, she stopped crying. That was the first of many “duh” moments we’ve had as parents! aden + anais washcloths are huge (like burp cloth huge) so they are perfect for this. You can also buy these washcloths in a set of 3.
2 – Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns // Cradle cap is incredibly common in babies and you will hear 100 different ways to get rid of it. We’ve found that this shampoo really helps with Harper’s cradle cap. We wash her hair with this during every bath and then we rub coconut oil through it after drying her off. I heard so many great things about Mustela baby products while I was pregnant, but this is the only one that I would definitely repurchase.
3 – Little Remedies Little Noses Saline Drops & 4 – NoseFrida SnotSucker Nasal Aspirator // We have used this combo every single day since Harper was a few weeks old. She was born in the dead of Winter when the air was really dry so she was always a little congested. The nasal aspirator we got from the hospital worked, but not well enough, and the ones sold in stores in those baby health/toiletry kits are completely useless. The NoseFrida seems super gross at first, but once you use it, you won’t even care. It’s amazing and works every single time. And don’t forget the saline drops! These help to keep their nasal passages from getting too dry or irritated.
5 – Coconut Oil // I’ve been using coconut oil on Harper’s hair ever since I noticed that she had cradle cap, but I recently started using it on her entire body after baths as well. She has dry skin and I couldn’t find a baby lotion that kept her moisturized enough. I also wanted something that wasn’t too heavily scented because she tends to be a little sensitive and her skin turns red and/or bumpy when we use products that are too strong. Coconut oil has a slightly sweet scent and has never broken her out or irritated her skin. I’ve been using an organic coconut oil I grabbed at the grocery store one day, but I’m probably going to try this SheaMoisture version when I need to buy more.
6 – Honest Company Organic Healing Balm // I’m a big fan of all Honest products, but if you don’t want to buy the diapers, you should definitely try this balm. I use this as a diaper rash cream any time I notice any redness during diaper changes. I also use it on any dry patches I find on Harper’s skin. And lastly, I use it on any scratches I find on her face. She tends to rub her face a lot when she’s sleepy so every morning I find new scratches on her face. This heals them up quickly and completely.
7 – Puj Flyte Compact Infant Tub – We bathed Harper in the sink until she was 3 months old. Puj makes fantastic, foldable infant tubs that fit perfectly into your sink. We went with the Flyte because it’s a little smaller than the regular Puj tub (the sink in Harper’s room is tiny!) and it’s super easy to travel with. This made bathing her so easy because she fit perfectly in this so we didn’t have to worry about her sliding around while we washed her. It’s also easy to clean, it’s non-absorbent so it dries really quickly and it’s mold and mildew resistant. This tub (or the “full size” version) is crucial for new parents in my opinion.
8 – Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser & 9 – Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion // During our first pediatrician’s visit, I asked the doctor what she recommended we use on Harper’s skin. She told us to steer clear of Johnson & Johnson’s products or any other products that were too heavily scented because they would be too much on her premature, delicate skin. Great advice, but I still couldn’t figure out what to use. Sam has sensitive skin too and was already using Cetaphil so we decided to try it out on Harper. We used the cleanser for her baths for the first few months (until we felt her skin could handle a little more scent) and we still use the moisturizing lotion on her face now. I also use the moisturizer to mix with her sunscreen to thin it out a bit. She has never had a bad reaction to either product and the skin on her face is so soft and smooth that I’ve even started using the moisturizer on my face too.
10 – 4Moms Infant Tub // I know I already mentioned an infant tub, but I wanted to include this one because it’s the tub we switched to when Harper outgrew the Puj Flyte (at 3 months). I personally would recommend buying both because it is so much easier to bathe a newborn in a sink, but if I could only purchase one, I would go with this one since it works for babies ages 0-6 months (and it can also be used in a double kitchen sink). It has a temperature gauge that alerts you if the water is too hot or too cold, and it flushes the dirty water out as clean water filters in. It also comes with a cup that we use to rinse shampoo out of Harper’s hair.
Moms, what would you add to this list?