Last Updated: January 6, 2022
The first time you give your baby a bath can feel a little scary! So here’s everything you need for supplies and to prep ahead of time – all the baby bath time essentials. The most important thing to remember is baby’s safety and to have a plan of how the bath will go. If you think out the steps and are prepared, you’ll feel more confident and enjoy the excitement of this newborn experience.
Plus, jump below to download the spreadsheet for the Minimalist Baby Registry Checklist.
Newborn Baby Bath Time Essentials:
1. Baby tub vs sink
Depending on your home, a baby tub might be optional or an essential for you. We had a very deep claw foot tub in our bathroom. So we got a little baby whale tub and just set it in the bathtub for bath time. It was much easier to reach baby and keep him stable and also nice to not have to clean the tub out every time he needed a bath. And trust me when you’re a tired parent, you’ll be glad you have a baby tub and aren’t cleaning out the tub or sink, yep leave it full of dirty dishes – thats what baby tubs are for. You can still do a sink bath and take adorable pictures a few times, but it just wasn’t an easy option for us!
2. Baby towels and washcloths
For baby’s first bath, have a towel prepped, and spread out on a flat soft surface. If your bathroom isn’t near a bedroom, you can put the changing mat on the floor and lay a towel, open on it. And trust me, after you do this a few times it will feel silly even reading this!
3. Soap & Lotion
Bath Items You may or May Not Need:
Baby Healthy & Safety Essentials
Baby Bath, Health & Safety You May or May Not Need:
You may or may not need these items in the first three months: comb, humidifier (you don’t need it until/if you do. We used one a few times when it was dry and winter and our baby had a cough), baby Tylenol (get a small infant one in case you need it or if you live in a big city, you can just buy if you need it), Nose Frida or Frida anything (some people love this product line. I never had the need of the extra expense, but you do you!), Boogy Wipes (tissues, washcloths, and lotion worked as needed). So many baby items in the health area fall under the category of “if you need it, then go do a Target drive up order and give them a try”. Bath thermometer, you can use a bath thermometer while you get used to finding the right temperature. It’s not required but there are ones made as rubber ducky toys, that turn a different color if too hot. You can also try the “dip your elbow or back of your hand trick” to find not too hot temp.
Things you don’t need for baby: Gripe water and cough syrup are useless baby items. Pediatricians don’t recommend using these. And they’re not proven to help, so typically I think parents just feel like they need to be doing something. It’s hard to feel helpless when your baby is upset.
Download the Minimalist Baby Registry Checklist Spreadsheet
This post is part of my Minimalist Baby Registry checklist series. You can download the spreadsheet for a “Pay what you want” price. Consider your checklist spreadsheet a planner for everything you need and a baby budget! While your Amazon registry is your shareable list with friends and family for gifting.
I hope you’ve found these baby bath time essentials helpful! Let me know if you have any questions!