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    I'm hoping some of you with more experience can give me some advice. I'm a soon to be first time parent and have no idea about bathing babies. We currently have a very small bathroom with no bathtub and a small basin with no bench top space. At the moment I'm stressing out worrying about where and how to bath the baby but I've read that newborns don't need to be bathed very often. I've heard suggestions that I can bath baby in the kitchen sink or laundry but our house is old and gets really cold so I'd prefer not to.

    I'm thinking about using a puj in our tiny basin when baby is little for sponge baths, but they look quite small and I'm not sure how long we could do that for, after that I thought of a collapsable or inflatable baby bath to use in the shower but that'll be hell on my knees, does anyone have any other suggestions or recommendations?

    I also like the look of the tummy tub but think, like the puj, that won't work long term. How long do you think I have before having to worry about washing baby in a bigger space? (so I can minimize initial expenses)

    Finally if I decided to forget about the baby bath, how feasible is it to plan on sponge bathing for a few months then taking baby in the shower?

    Sorry for the long rambling post! As you can see, I have no idea, any advice would be hugely appreciated

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    My advice- if you don't want to bathe in laundry or kitchen sink, get a baby bath. I used to bathe my boys on the kitchen bench.

    Once bubby is ok with sitting up, do it on the shower floor- and for your knees- use a REALLY padded cushion- ideally something like a padded change mat that goes on the table. I never really used mine for nappy changes (we preferred the floor) so mine went into the bathroom- 4 years later I still sit on it every night when my boys bathe, and it doesn't have a bum-cheek dent in it whatsoever

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    We used our baby bath once maybe? And after that she had showers with us. Not everyone likes showering with bubs but worked really well for us, even though we had proper bath and baby bath of needed.

    She's 2 now and still showers most of the time!

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    With DS1 i had a baby bath that i use to sit on top of an old desk. Any table would have done the trick though.
    With DS2 i bought one of those change tables that you lift the top mat up and the bath is underneath. Maybe one of these would be an option?

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    I am on bub no6, I use a baby bath on the kitchen table for a bath and take bub in the shower with me some times. I prefer the bath and so do my bubs but if we are in a hurry we use the shower.

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    We took DD in the shower from the first few weeks onwards. She's now 2, and still showers with one of us (usually DH) every morning. Baths are pretty rare.

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    You can get just the baby bath from Kmart and Big W for quite cheap....maybe $20? Lasts probably til about 6 - 8 mo maybe longer depending how big bubs is.

    Yes you dont have to bath bubs every night however to get into a night time routine I always bathed bubs from the very start just using water and bath oil.

    After that you can do showers as they are much bigger and can hold their head up independantly....or still use the baby bath.

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    We always showered them as babies, or in the kitchen sink..and we have a bath tub lol

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    I'd like to shower with DS but logistically how does it work? Our shower is over the tub which is really high, so climbing in and out while holding bub could be tricky... I'm thinking maybe a sling?

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    Hubby use to shower them so I would just bring bub in and take them out or if I was on my own I would use a bouncer with a towel laid over it ready to wrap bub up.


 

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