Bath time can also be an opportunity for multisensory exploration and learning – where they are able to splash around and play with toys (gross and fine motor skills), enjoy bath fizzles (calming aromas), enjoy eye contact (bonding and communication) and have heart to heart conversations or singalongs with you (stimulating hearing and language development)! Giving your baby a massage will take that bonding to the next level – baby massage is known to have both physical and emotional benefits.
Babies do not need a whole lot in terms of cleansing products. As your wee bub has the most sensitive skin, take care not to use any harsh detergents and soaps in the bath. Look for organic ingredients that are soothing (like oats) and scents that are as natural as possible (like baby-safe essential oils). The Honestly Store bath fizzles are ideal – they will fizz in the bath which is fun, then sooth your baby’s skin, and release calming essential oils from their specially formulated Nighty Night blend – perfect for right before bed.
Make the most of an evening bath routine with your baby. Look forward to it as a special part of the day that is doing wonders for your child, helping them to form a nice secure bond with you. You are setting them up for greatness.
Hannah Schenker is a freelance writer, editor and regular contributor to The Natural Parent Magazine. She lives with a touch of magic in Golden Bay, New Zealand.