The Complete Bubble Bath Guide for Babies
Bath is more fun for your baby when bubbles are involved. Your munchkin enjoys the soapy, foamy bath and gets cleaned without making any fuss. As a new parent, you are discovering things and want to know about what is best for your baby. This includes when to introduce your baby to bubble baths and how to go about it. As your newborn has sensitive skin, you also want information about the right products and any precautions to take. Keeping this in mind we have created a bubble bath guide for kids below. Let’s dive in and have a look at this comprehensive guide.
Bubble Baths- What to Look Out For?
Look out for these safety checks and parameters before introducing your baby to the delight of a foamy and frothy bubble bath.
- Safe Ingredients
Check that the product does not contain any irritants that may hurt the tiny one’s skin or eyes. Get a bubble bath product that does not contain Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde, formaldehyde Releasers, and artificial dyes. Sulfates can strip the skin's natural oils, cause dryness and itching, and also irritate the eyes and lungs of children. Phthalates may cause allergies, asthma and can even disrupt hormones. Do keep in mind that Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate is different from Sodium lauryl sulfate. They may have the same abbreviation but the former is a foaming agent that protects the skin and is safe to use.
- Bubble Quality and Size
Look for products that are safe to use and also produce large bubbles that last longer. Long-lasting bubbles will keep your baby happy as they get to play more.
Choose bubble bath products that have a natural fragrance derived from essential oils. Essential oils of lavender and chamomile soothe and calm your cuddle bunny and get them ready for a night of deep sleep. Peppermint and rosemary oils have antimicrobial and healing properties and are full of antioxidants. When checking the products lookout for these ingredients. These will clean as well as calm your baby and protect and keep their delicate skin healthy.
When to Introduce Your Baby to Bubble Bath
Newborns do not need bubble baths as they are born with a waxy barrier (vernix caseosa) that protects their skin. You can use lukewarm water to clean them during this time. When your baby is around 1-2 months old, start with a tear-free baby wash. We recommend O’Mumsie’s twin combo of baby wash and shampoo made especially for babies. It’s no tear formula along with the goodness of Shea butter, green apple, and aloe vera extracts gently cleans and nourishes your baby’s delicate skin and scalp.
You can start on a bubble bath when your baby is more than 3 months old. Now they can sit up on their own, recognize bubbles and foam, and are entertained by them. You can clean your baby without a fuss while they enjoy and play in the foamy and soapy goodness. Throw in a bathtub toy or two to double the enjoyment.
Time of Bubble Bath
Bath your bunny baby at the time of the day when you are free and relaxed and will not be interrupted. But do not bathe your baby if they are hungry as they will be irritated and won’t have fun. Also do not bathe them straight after feeding. Bubble baths soothe and relax your baby, so you can bathe them 1-2 hours before their sleep time to induce deep sleep. Do keep in mind the season and climatic conditions too.
What Should be the Frequency of Bubble Baths?
A bubble bath every alternate day is good to keep your cuddle monster clean. But if the weather is warm and your baby likes splashing around in the water, then you can do it daily too. For babies with sensitive skin and eczema, 15 minutes of bath time is enough. After cleaning and patting your baby dry, don’t forget to moisturize your baby’s skin. Use O’Mumsie’s “Baby soft face and body butter” containing cocoa and shea butter that nourish, protect and keep your baby’s skin soft and smooth.
Bubble Bath- Step by Step
- Install a non-slip bath mat on the bathtub and the bathroom floor.
- Don’t overfill the bathtub. It should be only to the level of your baby’s belly buttons when they are in a sitting-up position.
- Test the water temperature first with your fingers and then on the underside of your wrists or elbows. Ensure that the water is lukewarm at around 37-38°C before putting your baby in the bath.
- Lower your baby gently in the bath. Hold and keep a hand on the baby at all times so they do not fall in the water.
- If you have a big bathtub, then kneel at the side or use a low stool so as not to hurt your back.
- Avoid scrubbing the baby’s skin, instead clean it gently with your fingers.
- Gently pat dry your baby after the bath. Use an extra soft washcloth for this purpose. First, clean your pretty baby’s face, then their neck and torso, and lastly the genitals. You can also use separate bits of cotton wool to clean their genitals and bottom.
- Always do a patch test before starting on the bubble bath. Mix a few drops of the liquid with water and apply it on a small skin surface of the baby. Leave for a couple of hours. If there is no redness, itching, or any other adverse symptoms, then go ahead with the bath.
- Ensure you have everything you need within reach before starting the bubble bath. These include washcloths, bath toys, towels, shampoos, bubble bath bottles, lotions, and other necessary stuff. This lets you concentrate fully on the baby without any distractions.
- Do not “ever” leave your baby alone in the bath to prevent any risk of drowning. If the phone rings and you have to attend the call, then take your baby out of the bath.
- Remove your watch and other jewelry items. These can hurt the baby and also get spoiled. Further ensure that any electrical appliances, shampoo, and lotion bottles are out of the baby’s reach.
- In case of a fever, frequent and strong-smelling urination, consult a pediatrician for UTIs (urinary tract infections). If your baby is older and toilet trained, then ask them to urinate after bathing to avoid any chance of UTIs.
O’Mumsie’s bubble bath is made from natural and organic ingredients that are gentle on your baby’s sensitive skin. Aloe vera and plant-based extracts keep your baby’s skin soft and smooth. Coconut-based cleansers along with amla, and lime oil gently remove dirt and grime while nourishing your baby’s delicate skin. The medicinal vapors of menthol, lavender, and rosemary clear nasal passages and have antimicrobial and healing properties. No more blocked noses for your baby bunny during changing weather and the cold season. And not to forget the chamomile and lavender oil extracts that soothes and calms your baby and gets them ready for nap time. Get O’Mumsie’s bubble bath for babies today. Make luxurious foam and bubbles, have fun and get your baby squeaky clean at the same time.