Ah, baby hygiene. While most of us new mom’s can barely muster up a shower ourselves we are nervously anticipating the moment the belly button nubbin (yes, that’s a technical term) falls off so we can swab off more than ‘darling daughters’ tushy.
Nobody told me newborn belly buttons stink to high heaven
throwing aside trepidation of drowning my 10 day old (first years kindly reminds you this is an IMMINENT DANGER very largely upon the vessel in which you are about to entrust your offspring) I loaded DD* into the tiny baby hammock provided with the tub and filled the large plastic basin with piss warm water. The odd small basin towards the bottom of the tub (ostensibly used for soap storage?!) just seems to be in the way of getting a good bubbly atmosphere in the main area, but DD seemed to hate her first bath so much we just got her in and out as quickly as possible.
Babies are slippery when wet
I mean, lets state the obvious shall we? But all that ‘gentle’ baby soap doesn’t help and the safety hammock is just as slippery as the tub itself. Baths 2 and 3 went more smoothly with DD, but we still pulled her up out of harms way no less than 3 or 4 times per bath. I would not attempt to bathe a newborn alone. You still need 4 hands to scrub, rinse and play ‘spotter’ to a slowly sinking infant.
The First Years Infant to Toddler Tub safety hammock has a “bonus” feature
Kids poop in the tub. I vividly remember the floating turd horrors from bath time with my sister as toddlers. The special advanced feature of the First Years mesh bath hammock is, as you may have guessed from my title, an amazing and disgusting poop strainer. Breast fed newborn poop is nearly liquid, affording it to mainly drain out of the fairly wide mesh, but as I am a horrible mommy with horrid breast feeding training I have been formula supplementing providing just the amount of solids needed to test the ‘straining’ availability of this feature. Effective. We had to lift DD out of the tub entirely and use a good old fashioned plastic cup to rinse her off. To First Years credit, it was nothing a lot of hot water and a little Scrubbing Bubbles couldn’t take care of.
*note: theITbaby doesn’t condone the use of the traditional ‘mommy blog’ baby designation of ‘darling daughter’ in our case DD stands for ‘dino daughter’ because she often sounds like a velociraptor and holds her hands like a T-Rex.