I didn’t get to see the twins’ first bath in the hospital because I took that rare bit of down time and took a much-needed nap while the nurses weighed and bathed them. And I didn’t take photos of their first bath at home because, well, I had two newborn babies, I didn’t know what I was doing, and I needed to use both hands and not be stuck behind a camera. But, now that Hank and Wren are sitting up unassisted, I had to stop using the mini baby bath and move them into the real bathtub, so I decided to celebrate and photograph their first bath together! And, I’ve partnered with Baby Dove to share my twins’ bath time routine to show how I bathe two babies by myself in less than 20 minutes.
Bathing one baby is not easy and bathing twins requires a game plan! You know that brain teaser where the farmer is trying to cross a river with a fox, a chicken, and a sack of grain, but he can’t take all three across the river with him at the same time, and if he leaves the fox with the chicken and takes the grain across, then the fox will eat the chicken … and the same dilemma with the chicken and the grain? Well, that’s what bathing twins together is like. You can’t prep the bath water and bring in one baby and put them in the tub because you’ll be leaving that baby unsupervised while you go get the other one. So, I’ve really had to practice my routine and I’ve come up with a system that works for me. Gather Supplies: First, you’ll need to gather your supplies! Preparation is key!
I make sure everything I need is in arm’s reach including bath seats, bath toys, 2 hooded towels, 2 washcloths, 2 cups for rinsing, Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Tip to Toe Wash, 2 diapers, Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Baby Lotion, and a folded bath mat to protect my poor knees.
For me, bath seats are essential, though I know some people don’t like them. My rule is that I never leave the room when the babies are in the bath. Never. Ever. I don’t care if the doorbell or phone is ringing, I’m not leaving. So when used correctly, these bath seats allow a twin parent to wash two babies at the same time. For me, they help me make sure that Hank isn’t slipping and bonking his head on the tub while I’m washing Wren. You can buy them new, but I recommend searching Facebook Marketplace and buying one used – they are super easy to clean.
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Prep Tub: Next, I get the tub ready. I get the water to the correct temperature and lay out my supplies while the tub fills to 2-3 inches. The two bath seats are in the tub, the bath mat is folded in front of the tub, and the rinsing cups are filled with water. I have two washcloths wet and ready along with Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Tip to Toe Wash. There are rubber ducks, boats, and bath books to keep the babies entertained, although, really, Hank just enjoys splashing. And I have two baby towels laid out on either side of me along with clean diapers (overnights if I’m putting them straight to bed) and Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Baby Lotion for when they’re finished.
Right now, the twins are 7 months old and aren’t crawling yet (this might change tomorrow), so I can bring one into the bathroom, put him/her on a towel and then go get the other one. I then remove their diapers, put them into their bath seats, and start scrub-a-dubbing.
Once both babies are clean and rinsed off, I take one out and lay him/her on a towel, dry them off and get a diaper on. Then I take the other out and do the same. I then use Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Baby Lotion all over them – especially their knees and elbows which seem to be getting rough from all the crawling attempts they’re currently making.
This system is for babies who are sitting up unassisted and can be bathed together, but it’s very similar to how I bathed the twins when they were newborns except that then I bathed them one at a time in a little tub and put them in a Baby Box, a bouncer, or their crib while I bathed the other.
Bathing twins together can be daunting, so you might want to wait until someone else is home and can help you the first few times until you have your system down. Also, there isn’t a rule that says you have to bathe both twins on the same night – you can rotate bath night and give one a bath on one night, and then the other baby the next night. And no one says you even have to bathe them at night! If you’re exhausted at the end of the day, move bath time up earlier in the day – I might even start doing bath time after I feed them their solid-food meal just to make that clean-up process a bit easier. (Side note: baby led weaning is messy!)
Also, this system works for bathing just one baby, too! And it will only take you half the time!
So, what am I missing? Any tips or tricks? I know I’m going to have to adapt this plan once they start crawling. And fingers crossed no one poops in the tub! It hasn’t happened to me yet in the big bathtub, but I know it’s going to.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Baby Dove.