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Essential Bathroom Supplies for Your Growing Baby

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It’s easy to focus on the nursery and your baby’s wardrobe. But the one place you shouldn’t forget is the bathroom. Your baby will need almost as many bathroom supplies as you do. And you should not just use your own. Here’s why as well as what you should be stocking up on.

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Why You Should Use Baby Products

It might be tempting to use regular bath products on your little one. After all, you already have most of the supplies on hand. Back years and years ago, that’s what they did. Babies didn’t get special treatment. But this is one of those cases where you shouldn’t go back in time to reclaim an old tradition. Regular shampoos, bath soaps, and similar products are all far stronger for adults. Baby Centre points out that all baby products are made with far gentler products. Through stores like Honest, you can purchase all the bathing supplies you need, and they will be specifically prepared for babies. This typically means that they will be

 

  • Less abrasive
  • Free of dangerous parabens, fragrances and the like
  • Less toxic
  • Less drying

 

The “no tears” mantra that Johnson and Johnson is famous for with its baby shampoo applies to the general concept behind baby products. Your baby will squirm around in the water. It’s inevitable that some of the soap and possibly even lotion will get in his or her eyes. With adult products, the response will be screaming, crying, and a possible allergic reaction. With baby products, it’s far less traumatic. A gentle rinse will be sufficient.

 

The Bath Essentials

Two of the most essential products you can have on hand are baby shampoo and baby bath soap. These are the two that are most likely to get into your baby’s eyes. When looking for the right brand, choose one that is gentle and features a clear list of ingredients.

 

Lotion, in a pinch, doesn’t have to be baby lotion so long as it’s gentle and fragrance free. If you use cocoa butter or coconut oil based lotions without mineral oil, it may work fine. Natural Parents Network recommends using pure coconut oil to nourish your baby’s skin. It’s completely safe, and it can help cure baby acne as well as baby eczema. Just be cautious. A little bit goes a long way, and your baby may be a little slippery. You can use this in conjunction with lotion, using one in the morning and one in the evening or after bathing. Ideally though, you should have a good supply of baby lotion on hand. Unlike cocoa butter and coconut oil based lotions, it absorbs quickly into the skin, protecting your baby against further dryness and rashes without taking a lot of time.

 

Washcloths and towels are also important. The ones designed for babies are often made of terry cloth or other softer material to further protect the baby’s skin. If you decide to use your own towels, check their abrasiveness. Knobby rough towels can aggravate your baby’s skin. If your child has sensitive skin, it’s even more important to use soft ones. Some of the best towels are the hoodie towels that allow you to swaddle your baby and cover his or her head fresh out of the water. Keeping your baby warm after a bath is essential to his or her health. The Mayo Clinic states that newborns are particularly sensitive to changes in temperature and must be kept warm to avoid weakened immune systems and sickness.

 

Additional Products for Your Baby

While the soaps, lotions, and towels form the brunt of what you’ll need when you come home from the hospital, there are a few additional items you’ll want to have on hand.

  • Infant toothbrush
  • Fluoride free toothpaste
  • At least one separate washcloth for rubbing baby’s gums
  • Bath safety ring
  • Bath toys appropriate for your child’s age

 

All of these items will allow you to have a well stocked bathroom to bathe your baby and keep her clean and safe. You may also want to add in diaper rash cream as well as an emergency set of diapers, particularly if you change your baby’s diaper in the bathroom. The emergency diaper set shouldn’t be kept in the same location as your regular diapers. This way you don’t go through them accidentally before you realize you need to make another diaper run.

 

While much of your attention might focus on the nursery, you can’t forget the bathroom. Using adult products on babies can cause serious problems and even make your baby dread bath time. Make sure that you have baby shampoo, baby soap, and baby lotion on hand. It’s also best to have baby towels and washcloths to ensure the fabric fibers don’t cause abrasion. Having additional products on hand like baby powder and an emergency supply of diapers is also a good idea. When it comes to babies, it’s better to be safe rather than sorry.

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64 Comments

  • Reply Jessica S.

    Great suggestions! I’ll definitely need to look in to these further! Thanks for the information.

    June 19, 2015 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Sarah Sheffer

    I’m learning so much about coconut oil! Thank you.

    June 6, 2015 at 3:53 pm
  • Reply Miranda Welle

    They do have a wide selection! We were ordering from The Honest Company for awhile.

    May 24, 2015 at 8:29 am
  • Reply Erica Pallutch

    I really need to try them now that target has them!

    March 12, 2015 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Michael Lambert

    My wife and I really like their products. They smell good and work really well.

    March 11, 2015 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Candice Balser

    Thank you for sharing this information. I didn’t know about using coconut oil as a substitute for baby lotion, or in addition to.

    March 5, 2015 at 10:35 pm
  • Reply Christina Strapp Lambert

    I love their products that I have tried. My favorite is their bath stuff and wipes.

    March 4, 2015 at 9:41 pm
  • Reply Jean P

    Interesting tip on using coconut oil to hydrate baby’s skin. I use it myself and have not tried it yet on my son.

    March 3, 2015 at 10:49 pm
  • Reply Jane Macy-Painter

    This is a good topic. It’s also important that you use things that are ACTUALLY safe for baby, and not just colored pink and with “baby” on the label. I often use the EWG skin deep database to check products I find online before I buy.

    March 3, 2015 at 5:31 pm
  • Reply Kasie Tillman

    My 3 year old still has as much bath items as she did as a new born. Well, she may even have more now. We’be added an eczema safe shampoo and conditioner, and a detangler now that she has long hair. She still uses an inflatable tub inside the big one so we don’t have to fill the big one up with water.

    March 3, 2015 at 12:20 am
  • Reply Lhian

    My kids love “swim” time! I think that’s their ‘MeTime Break’ for all their mess on our home. Haha! And I think I will try Honest Company’s.

    March 2, 2015 at 11:48 pm
  • Reply Belinda

    I’ll have to try the coconut oil. Thanks for the great tips!

    March 2, 2015 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Katrina Phelan

    Thanks for sharing this! My little one has extremely sensitive skin, even the Johnson & Johnson baby bath wash makes her skin break out. We love Honest company.

    March 2, 2015 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply susan king

    Thank you for the heads up. New parents can never get enough info !!

    March 2, 2015 at 9:24 am
  • Reply Julie weiss

    I need to try these!

    March 2, 2015 at 7:41 am
  • Reply Tricia O'Sullivan

    Coconut oil worked great for my little one’s eczema.

    March 2, 2015 at 12:47 am
  • Reply courtney b

    the only problem is I can’t get my kids to brush their teeth !

    they hate it! !I need tips !:) and advice!!

    thanks!

    March 1, 2015 at 11:22 pm
  • Reply Haley Sargent

    Im not a fan of using Johnson’s…maybe I’ll switch now..

    March 1, 2015 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Danielle

    Thanks for the recommendation! We’re ttc, and always just used the Johnson’s baby wash. But now I keep hearing that it’s not good for your baby, so it’s nice to know a healthy alternative.

    March 1, 2015 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply Natalee C

    Just picked up some honest co products the ther day and really like them.

    March 1, 2015 at 11:50 am
  • Reply Beth Z. Patt

    I like Honest Company’s products.

    March 1, 2015 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Rennie D

    Love the product and the standards wish the price point was a bit cheaper.

    March 1, 2015 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Linda Manns Linneman

    Thank you for sharing these great necessities for baby. This information was very useful

    March 1, 2015 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Michele Ash

    Thanks so much for the Fantastic Review on Essential Bathroom Supplies for Your Growing Baby! I believe that you covered everything that is needed in the bathroom for your growing baby! It is very important to use baby products on a baby. We have never used adult shampoos, etc., when it came to our babies! We’ve always had our supply of baby shampoo, baby wash, baby towels and wash cloths as well as diaper rash cream, diapers, powder, and a baby lotion. We always had to make sure that we also had “tubby toys” in the bathroom once they were old enough to play! We never really used bubbles in the tub, however, once in a while they got a treat to it! Thanks for sharing all of this wonderful information on the essentials we all need in our bathroom supplies! I honestly do appreciate it! Thanks again, Michele 🙂

    March 1, 2015 at 2:08 am
  • Reply Susanne C.M.T.

    Thanks for the info about coconut oil. I need to try this on baby’s chapped cheeks. Winter has not been kind!

    February 28, 2015 at 10:28 pm
  • Reply barnolds barnes

    I’m glad they make products that are free of toxins but I wish they were less expensive that toxic types!

    February 28, 2015 at 4:59 pm
  • Reply Kayla S

    I didnt know honest had baby soap

    February 28, 2015 at 2:43 pm
  • Reply Deena Martin Bailey

    It’s so hard to believe how much stuff you need. Love the Honest Company. They are all you need. Wonderful Products.

    February 28, 2015 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply Miriam Matheny

    We love the honest products for our baby. I also use plant based cleaners for the entire home so he isn’t overwhelmed by smells or chemicals.

    February 28, 2015 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Nicholle

    I love baby bath products, and the honest co body wash smells so sweet on my little one. I use it for myself too1

    February 28, 2015 at 11:50 am
  • Reply Adailya Bontemps

    I love the honest diapers!!! I really want to try the other products they carry as well.

    February 28, 2015 at 11:20 am
  • Reply Krystal

    I need to try some of these.

    February 28, 2015 at 9:10 am
  • Reply Jessica Vincent

    I need to try these for my kiddos

    February 28, 2015 at 9:04 am
  • Reply Mistie Jones

    I need to try these products!

    February 28, 2015 at 8:19 am
  • Reply Jenn

    at the hospital they now say not to use baby powder…they don’t want baby to inhale any powder that gets in the air, just FYI!

    February 28, 2015 at 2:49 am
  • Reply Stephanie Melokova

    Great info 🙂

    February 28, 2015 at 1:29 am
  • Reply Tara Smith-Bixler

    My grandson has eczema so we have to be very careful what products we use on his skin,other wise he breaks out in severe rashes from head to toe.Thanks so much for your useful tips.

    February 28, 2015 at 1:16 am
  • Reply Erin Y

    my daughter has sensitive skin. Makes it so difficult. I’ll definitely check these out.

    February 28, 2015 at 12:18 am
  • Reply Sarah Marynowich

    My 6 month old LOVES bath time! We didn’t realize how much stuff we would need. Thankfully, we were gifted a lot of shampoos and lotions. Once they run out, we really want to try The Honest Co. products

    February 27, 2015 at 10:33 pm
  • Reply Melissa Decroteau

    Both my sons have sensitive skin! I really need to look into these! They sound great 🙂

    February 27, 2015 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Sandra Watts

    This is a really good company to be involved with. They have great products.

    February 27, 2015 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Gail Williams

    My granddaughter loves bathtime. These products are great for her and natural, too.

    February 27, 2015 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply Michele Thorne

    My poor little guy got mommy’s SENSITIVE skin, and also has eczema =( We have to be very careful with what we use on him. We tried one product someone gave us as a gift when he was born and poor guy broke out head to toe. Now we just stick with what we know.

    February 27, 2015 at 6:09 pm
  • Reply Mara Kunkel

    My little one loves bath time. A few toys to keep older babies hands busy are also essential. Nothing like a little guy trying to “help” 🙂

    February 27, 2015 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Nikole Dupont

    This is a unique post! I love trying new baby products. I always check them out on the Skin Deep site first though.

    February 27, 2015 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Emily Linton

    I’ve always wanted to try the Honest products for bathing – I really don’t like using the Johnson’s brand of bathing products for baby!!

    February 27, 2015 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Kimberly Stoessel

    I was gifted with either Johnson or a generic equivalent. When those ran out ,I would buy a natural one like Burt’s Bees.

    February 27, 2015 at 10:27 am
  • Reply Laurel

    I didn’t love the Honest Company products, but we love Baby Hugo Naturals. Best smell ever.

    February 27, 2015 at 9:00 am
  • Reply michelle king

    Great advice! My favorite baby bath product is johnson and johnson bedtime bath… works wonders for my daughter!

    February 27, 2015 at 8:22 am
  • Reply Janet Pratt

    This is great advice!

    February 27, 2015 at 8:01 am
  • Reply Erin B.

    Great ideas! I haven’t used the honest company, but I do use baby specific brands or natural products on my daughter!

    February 27, 2015 at 7:49 am
  • Reply Robin

    I have never tried honest company but I have been looking for better soap for my little one so might give them a go.

    February 27, 2015 at 7:38 am
  • Reply Donna-Lynn Craig

    I’ve never tried the Honest Company, but I would love to try it out. My babies skin seems to be so sensitive. We use Baby Aveeno and Aveeno moisturizer for out of the bath.

    February 27, 2015 at 7:35 am
  • Reply Denise Nutile

    Love the Honest Company, great products. I’ve had to become creative with storage for all my kiddos bathroom supplies so they stay contained and organized. They have a lot of bathroom stuff!

    February 27, 2015 at 5:49 am
  • Reply Rebecca Parsons

    I swear sometimes my bathroom has been taken over by baby stuff. I have never tried honest products but have wanted to take the leap and get it.

    February 27, 2015 at 1:43 am
  • Reply Melody Poindexter

    Awesome tips! I love using honest company for alot of my babies bath needs the ingredients are fantastic! Never forget your rubber ducky either :).

    February 27, 2015 at 1:37 am
  • Reply Nicole Becker

    Love these products

    February 27, 2015 at 12:48 am
  • Reply laura rubenstein

    These are all great products! You can never be to safe when it comes to your little ones.

    February 26, 2015 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply Cindy Kong

    thanks for the advice.. I really like to try out honest company.

    February 26, 2015 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Lisa Garland

    I have heard good things about the Honest Co. I wish they had these items when my daughters were babies, but these are some great items for the grandchildren.

    February 26, 2015 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Dandi D

    These sound like some really great things to get for our next baby!

    February 26, 2015 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Joanne Gregory

    Great suggestions! My grands love their baths and we go through quite a bit of bathroom supplies!

    February 26, 2015 at 8:57 am
  • Reply terry myers

    My kids hated bath time they always cried I tried every thing I wish the products would have been around then

    February 26, 2015 at 8:46 am
  • Reply susan king

    I never could believe everything we needed for our little ones to take a bath ! Mine love baths so much I have to drag them out and the water is ice cold !!

    February 26, 2015 at 7:46 am
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