Since becoming a mommy, my “bathtime” consists of a quick hop in the shower, just long enough to rinse away the drooly kisses, wayward drips of milk and splats of sweet potato that have accumulated on me throughout the course of the day, and then decide whether to wash my hair or shave my legs, because I certainly don’t have time to do both.
I treasure my few moments alone under the steamy water, because they are few and far between, and because they rejuvenate me just enough that I feel like myself again, ready to take on the next few hours entertaining a very energetic baby.
But even more than my own, I treasure my son’s bathtime.
I can’t wait for those nights when, after dinner, we start to wind things down with a warm, bubbly soak in the tub. Little man is just starting to learn what water is, and that you can’t grab it and hold it in your hand, and the look of wonder on his face when I sprinkle it on him is just priceless. The way he looks at me, you’d think I’d invented it.
We use Nature Babycare Eco Sensitive Wash, which leaves the back of his soft little head smelling fresh and absolutely delicious. Sometimes when I wrap him in a towel and snuggle him dry, I feel like I could just inhale his whole sweet little self. There will come a day when he won’t allow me to nuzzle his neck anymore, and the bathroom door will be tightly locked with mommy on the outside, so I’m going to take it while I can. We splash, we sing, we count piggies, and we share moments that will give me a big warm fuzzy every time I look back on them.
Ever since his second real bath in the baby tub, my son has loved bathtime. I say the second real bath because his first one wasn’t so much fun. See, my son was born in November, and by the time he was a couple weeks old, lost his cord and graduated up from the sponge bath, it was pretty darned cold. I figured I’d try to keep most of his body covered in water, but he just screamed. As a first time mommy, I felt terrible. I thought bathtime might end up being a battle…and we had a lot of baths in our future…
So I was out shopping one day, browsing for something to get with a baby shower gift card, when I happened upon a simple, yet ingenious little baby item called the Bath Luve. It was basically a big washcloth, shaped like a frog. I read the packaging, and it was obvious what it was–a cute little cover that you wet with warm water and lay over your baby in the tub to keep him warm and secure–and it was obvious that I needed one!
I grabbed a frog, and tried it out that night. What a difference! I’d describe it to you, but I’d rather just show you.
Just submerge the 100% cotton Luve in warm bathwater, and drape it over baby’s torso. No more crying!
I no longer had to take my warm, swaddled baby out of his comfort zone and upset him with a bath in the cold December air. (My house is warm, but there’s always a draft, and he just didn’t seem to like being so exposed after being swaddled and cuddled all day.) I went back shortly after and got another–the blue fish–and we have used our Bath Luves for every single bath for nearly 8 months now. They are a little worn after so many washes, but holding up well. They now sell Bath Buddies, too, which are cute spongy little critters that help you keep the Bath Luve warm and wet without having to remove it. I’m thinking we may need to get one or two of those!
Bathtime has been an absolute pleasure, with no tears at all. When we’re done, we have a smiley, happy, shiny clean baby.
These days, we use the Bath Luve as a sort of “cape” to keep my son’s back warm, since he no longer lays down in the tub. (Although he is cutting his 4 top teeth right now, so the Luve often finds itself stuck in his mouth, serving as a teether!)
I have since picked one up for my sister-in-law, who had a baby in January, and for the two other mommies-to-be in my office. They have been a big hit with every baby so far! (Bonus: They have all been boy babies, and their mommies especially love not getting sprinkled with a tinkle when baby hits the bathwater!) It’s definitely my go-to baby shower gift!
I’ve heard some say that a plain old washcloth would serve the same purpose. I guess I can’t argue, but as any new mommy or expecting mommy knows, the cuteness factor is important! Plus, these are bigger and shaped to fit your baby’s body. And, if you’re one of the many that washes baby items in a different laundry detergent, the Bath Luve is easily recognizable and won’t get mixed in with the rest like one of your washcloths would.
What is bathtime like at your house? Would you like to try out a Bath Luve for yourself? Or, give one as a gift to an expecting mommy?
Amy, the smart mommy behind the Bath Luve, has offered to supply one lucky ABCGP reader with the Bath Luve of their choice!
To enter (mandatory entry): Visit the Bath Luve website, check out the 3 different styles (duck, fish or frog), and leave me a comment about the one you’d like to win.
For two extra entries, mention this giveaway on your blog or any online message board, and leave me a comment with a link.
Limit three entries per person. Please leave a separate numbered comment (#1, #2, #3) for each entry.
I will choose a winner at random on Sunday, July 4th.
Note: I received no compensation for my review. Review is based solely on personal use of Bath Luves purchased by me
Congrats to our winner, Patti J, with comment #27!