Tips for a Successful Bathtime Away From Home
Are you going away this summer? Wherever you'll be, you'll want to make sure that bedtime goes as smoothly as possible, so that you and your little ones can get as much sleep as possible. Bath time plays a huge role in helping little ones to get a good night's sleep, so we've put together a short guide that will help you have a successful bath time away from home. Read on to find out our top three tips, and let us know in the comments if you have any to add!
Bring favourite bath toys and familiar essentials with you
There's nothing worse than being away and realising you've left your little ones' favourite toys at home, and bath toys are no different! You want to keep everything as familiar as possible, as some babies and toddlers can find bath time in an unfamilar setting quite daunting and upsetting. It goes without saying that an axnious and upset baby is not going to settle for sleep well, and it's not going to do you any good either!
Make sure you pack your baby's favourite bath toys, and of course your favourite bath towel and pyjamas for afterwards too. Pop them all in your overnight bag in a clear ziplock bag so that they're easily accessible and ready to go when you need them. The Baby & Me washing is ideal for packing light and keeping your things separate from baby's.
Check out the facilities before you leave- and prepare accordingly
If you're not sure what will be in the bathroom where you're staying, it might be an idea to call ahead and check. For example, there might not be a bathtub, in which case you may need to bring a baby bath, or take a shower with your baby. Read this post for tips on how to shower safely with your baby. If you do end up needing to shower rather than bathe, it's a good idea to get your little one used to that a week or so before you travel if you can. Swap out the bath for the shower a few nights this week so that it's not an unfamilair process once you're away. And refer to tip number one- bath toys and familiar items will be even more important if there isn't a bath and your little one is used to playing in the tub at bath time!
Carry out rigorous safety checks in advance of bath time
Being away from home means that you might not have all the baby safety equipment you rely on at home. If you have portable stair gates it might be worth taking them along, so that you can pop them upstairs during bath time- especially if you have a curious toddler on your hands! It's also a good idea to carry out safety checks before bath time too.
- Check the temperature of the water, and make sure the taps aren't accessible to little ones. Cover them with a wash mitt or flannel after running the bath.
- Keep the bathroom door closed at all times when your baby isn't in the bath- and close the toilet lid too!
- Check that medicine cabinets are out of reach, and don't leave nail clippers or scissors etc within reach either.
- Make sure you check the temperature of the bath water before your baby gets in- take a thermometer with you, or use your elbow/ back of your hand to be sure.