How to Choose Baby Bath Products

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on August 10, 2012

Giving your baby a bath for the first time can be quite a scary prospect for any mother; handling a fragile, wet, slippery and perhaps crying baby may seem a bit tricky for just about anyone. Moreover, while some babies love the water and enjoy taking a bath, others may bawl their heads off while bathed.


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However, with a few simple steps, you can make bathing your baby a fun, relaxing and enjoyable activity. To make the entire bathing process easier for yourself and your baby, make sure that you choose the right baby bath products and accessories.

There are several different products and accessories that you will need to keep ready before you begin bathing your baby.

Some of the common baby bath products that you can use for your little one include:

  • Baby talcum powder
  • Cornstarch powder for reducing rashes and moisture
  • Cotton balls (moistened) to clean the baby's eyes, nose and ears
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Massage oil or lotion, to be used on the baby's skin before the bath
  • Mild bath and body wash
  • Moisturizing lotion, to be applied after a bath, in case of babies with dry skin
  • Shampoo that is mild and will not sting, in case it goes into the baby's eyes
  • Wet wipes

You may also want to buy a bedtime bath wash, which not only cleanses your baby's skin, but also has a calming and soothing effect on your little one, allowing him to sleep better.

Apart from the skin and body care products mentioned above, there are many other accessories that could help make bathing time convenient for you and more comfortable for your baby. Given below are a few useful baby bath accessories:

  • Bath toys, so that the baby remains occupied and entertained while taking a bath
  • Bathmats to prevent slipping
  • Bathtubs so that the baby can sit comfortably while being bathed
  • Hairbrush or a comb
  • Hooded towels to wrap the baby in and keep his head warm after a bath
  • Soft sponge to apply the body wash on to the baby's body
  • Thermometer to check the temperature of the bath water

Of course, it is not necessary for you to use all the products and accessories mentioned above. Many mothers use nothing more than a bathtub, warm water, soap and a soft towel to give their babies a good bath. However, these are the various options available to you, in case you'd like to use them.

Picking up baby bath products and accessories is quite easy, as they are readily stocked by most supermarkets and stores. You can also buy the products of your choice online, through various websites. However, it is very important that you choose the right bath products and accessories for your baby.

Make sure that you only opt for well-reputed brands that are mild and gentle on your little one's skin. Scan the labels to learn about the ingredients in all the baby bath products, before you decide to use them on your child. At times, certain brands that claim to be mild and gentle may actually contain harsh chemicals. Such products could cause your baby's skin to break out into small rashes. Very often, a certain brand of baby products may suit one child perfectly, but may have a reaction on another one. Therefore, you may need to try out a few different brands before zeroing in on the one that suits your baby best. Also make sure that any baby bath aids, accessories and toys you use comply with the required safety guidelines.

In case you are not sure which products are the best-suited to your little one's skin, speak to your pediatrician about it.

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