There’s something truly magical about watching your baby’s bath time. Not in a super creepy way, but Starfish absolutely loves splashing about in the bath and watching bubbles fly everywhere, and that is so fun to be a part of. It allows him to become familiar with the water and build up an awareness around water that we can build upon for water safety as he grows up. Needless to say, bath time is a favourite around our house (although I do recognise this might not be the same for every house!).
When we get ready for bath time every second night – as it is part of Starfish’s bedtime routine (the alternating nights we have a shower) – there are 4 essential products we use to make sure baby’s bath time goes well.
A Bath Toy
This is a must for us, as our little man can get bored and frustrated easily before bedtime. Having a toy he can play with in the bath helps make bath time smoother for us all, and a lot more enjoyable. We have found an incredible toy called Mini Lolo that our little man loves – it works as a teething toy, made of natural rubber (non toxic), and the best part is that it has no HOLE in it so the water doesn’t get inside and make the toy all mouldy.
Natural/Soap Free Bath Soap
When we do have a bath with Starfish, we always add a squirt of baby soap. I’ll admit, I mostly do it for the bubbles. But obviously it Is great for cleaning him too. We like to choose the soap free or natural products – such as Curash or Gaia, although Empassion have one as well we might try down the track. The natural products are great for keeping baby’s skin clean, particularly those with sensitive skin (such as Starfish, who gets mild eczema).
Okay, the hooded might not be essential, but it is definitely cute! Obviously every bub needs a towel to dry off after the bath, but we love having the hooded towels because they look absolutely adorbs. It also helps to wrap bub up in your arms, as the towel sits like a diamond, allowing the corners to all tuck into the middle where bub is.
Baby Lotion such as Empassion Natural Baby Lotion
(I received an Empassion Natural Baby Lotion for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own).
With Starfish’s sensitive skin, we started incorporating light massage with creams and lotions into his bedtime routine, after his bath or shower. We had been using QV cream for quite a long time, but we found that it was quite expensive, and you need a fair bit to cover baby’s body.
When I was asked to review the Empassion Natural Baby Lotion, I was eager to check out how the natural range would suit Starfish’s skin. I’ve included some of the important details below for those who might want to know:
Product: Empassion Natural Baby Lotion (Baby Range)
Size of Bottle: 125ml
Smells Like: Lavender
Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Cetearyl Alchohol, Glycerine, Cetyl Alchohol, Apricot Kernal Oil, Ceteareth-20, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Cocoa Butter, Lavender Essential Oil, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Chamomile Essential Oil, Wheatgrass Extract, Goji Berry Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Garcinia Mangosteen Extract, Echinacea Extract, Kakadu Plum Extract.
Other Info: Not tested on animals; Australian made.
Consistency: The lotion is quite light (not like a cream), meaning it rubs in a lot easier, is easier to apply and you need less of it to cover a broader area.
How we found using it:
The first thing I noticed about the Empassion Natural Baby Lotion was its smell, and how pleasant it was. The Lavender aroma is always very relaxing, although I was wondering if it would be too strong for Starfish. He didn’t seem bothered by it however – he was too busy enjoying his massage.
After the scent, I noticed that the lotion was a different consistency to the QV cream we’d been using. Obviously as a cream, you need more of the QV to cover the whole of bub’s body. However, with the Empassion Natural Baby Lotion, you don’t need as much to cover and massage bub’s body, which is great when you’re trying to minimise costs (and especially considering the affordable price of the Baby Lotion).
Lastly, and most importantly, we found that the Baby Lotion was great for Starfish’s skin (Or at least, not detrimental). With his mild eczema, it has been obvious that Starfish has sensitive skin and doesn’t respond too well to certain products – for example Huggies baby wipes (or any scented/non-water wipes). So for us, the main thing we look for is a cream that won’t irritate his skin. The smooth consistency made it easy to apply, especially now since Starfish is such a wriggler! It didn’t irritate the skin, and seems to be leaving his skin soft and well moisturised throughout the night.
There you have it – our 4 baby bath time essentials each and every night (besides obviously the baby bath!). What accessories did you find useful for baby’s bath time?