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Bath Time with Nia : A Love Story
“I am sure there are things that can’t be cured by a good bath but I can’t think of one.”― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Bathing a newborn for the first time is something most new mums dread. I think that only 0.0001% approach this situation with a brave heart. I know I was so nervous especially since the nurses assisted me all through the time we stayed in hospital. They make it look soooo easy! I don’t get it! When I finally got round to doing it on my own, let’s just say by the end of the bath, my baby had less contact with the water than the floor. All in all, I’m glad that I got the hang of it AND my baby girl loves her bath time.
Bath time for Nia and I gives us a chance to relax, play and spend quality time bonding even more. I look forward to bath time because this is something that will last longer than breastfeeding (for me). This is dedicated time so that I don’t rush through it mostly now that Nia is older and can be exposed for longer periods (not too long though).
The beauty of bath time is that technology stays outside the bathroom; except when capturing memories using my phone or camera.
Nia has the guaranteed promise of my undivided attention. Now that Nia has perfected her sitting skills, we are having So Much More fun playing with her ducks and elephants. Occasionally I’ll make the water extremely soapy that it’s full of bubbles and foam which she absolutely loves. She is a pro at splashing the water all over the place with her tiny hands. As it is said, even the tiniest hands can make the biggest mess.
Afterwards, when the room is still warm thanks to the bathwater, I use a little baby oil to give her a massage. I do this by stroking in circular movements her legs, shoulders, neck, tummy, arms. This also requires my undivided attention so that I can also watch to see what she likes and finds uncomfortable. Her feet and tummy areas are ticklish and lead Some areas, such as their tummy, may lead to giggles rather than relaxation. Don’t feel you have to know about a special technique for these massages – just watch your baby to find out what their preference is.
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Recent studies show that baths promote healthy development and enhance motor skills. It’s important to give your baby the opportunity to soak up bath time because it stimulates your baby’s senses – sight, touch, sound and smell. Don’t view bath time as simply a cleaning process. For us, bath time forms part of Nia’s bedtime routine. The warmth of the water plus the massage afterwards leaves her relaxed, soothed and tired. She falls asleep much faster and with less crying.
Do you enjoy bath time as much as we do?
Find out more on how to bond with baby during bathtime.