What Do I Need for Baby Bath Time?

Wondering what you actually need for baby bathtime? In this post we discuss the essential items you definitely need, for newborn baby bath time and beyond- plus we’re sharing some bathtime safety tips too.

What do I need to bath a newborn baby?

Newborn babies don’t actually need to have a bath every day (read our post for more advice on how often to bath your new baby)- but lots of families like to include it as part of their child’s daily routine. Whatever you decide, baby bath time is something that all new parents face at one point or another, so here’s a handy checklist to help you out.

Checklist for newborn baby bathtime essentials

  • Baby bath
  • Soft hooded baby bath towel- we recommend the Cuddledry towel for simple, safe and snug bathtimes! Read our post for information on how to use the handsfree towel.
  • Bamboo washcloths
  • Towel to kneel on
  • Change of nappy
  • Change of clothes

You might find it easier to wash baby’s face and nappy area before you put them into the tub. If so, you’ll also need a bowl of warm water for a quick wash before the main event. Read our post for a how-to guide on top & tail washes.

Newborn baby bath time safety

Safety is so important when it comes to bathing you new baby, so make sure you follow safety guidelines at all times. Read our post on bathtime safety for more advice.

What do I need to bath an older baby?

As your baby gets older, your inventory grows longer- and bathtime is no different! Now that your baby can sit up more and hold small toys, you might find you need more equipment for bathtime. This list is not exhaustive by any means, but it’s a good place to start.

Checklist for baby bathtimes

  • Bath support/ bath seat to go in the big bath
  • Very mild, unperformed bubble bath or soap
  • Bamboo washcloths
  • Hooded baby bath towel- such as the Cuddledry handsfree
  • Bath thermometer
  • Non-slip bath mat
  • Towel or cushion to kneel on
  • Bath toys
  • Small jug to rinse
  • Natural sea sponge

Baby proofing the bathroom

Now that your baby is moving more, you’ll need to baby proof the bathroom. Cover the taps with a washcloth to avoid bumps, make sure the toilet seat is closed at all times and always empty the tub as soon as bathtime is over. Remove razors, scissors or any other sharp instruments and always make sure your baby is supervised by an adult during bath time.

What do I need to bath a toddler?

Toddler bath time is such great fun! Once they’re able to sit up independently, the bathtime essentials list changes slightly- but it doesn’t get any shorter!

Checklist for toddler bathtime essentials

  • Bath thermometer
  • Soft hooded bath towel- our bamboo fun range is perfect for making getting out of the bath just as much fun as being in there!
  • Cuddletwist bamboo hair wrap
  • Jug for rinsing
  • Age appropriate bath toys
  • Non slip mat
  • Bamboo washcloth
  • Natural sea sponge
  • Mild shampoo
  • Unperformed bubble bath and body wash

Bathtime safety for toddlers

If you have a toddler, you’ll know already that they like to move… a lot! Baby proofing the bathroom is so important, and keeping your little one safe at bathtime is vital. If you can, encourage them to always sit in the bath, and if you need to pop a towel at the bottom to stop them slipping then do it.

Again, constant supervision is needed, and always make sure all medicines and sharp objects are kept away from reach.