Stress Free Newborn Bathing Routine


Creating a successful bath time routine with two kids can be stressful, but I am confident that I’m keeping my kid’s sensitive skin clean and moisturized with Baby Dove. While this post is sponsored by Baby Done, all opinions are my own.

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Adjusting to life with a toddler and a newborn has definitely been an experience! One of the biggest adjustments has been bath time, because that’s one of Grayson’s favorite times of day. He gets to play, splash, and float around in the water.

Before we had Sawyer, bath time was a super leisurely “Wind down” time for everyone. Now, I’m running around trying to bathe two kids and do their separate bed time routines as well. We’ve gotten a pretty good hang of it now, nearly four months in. The trick, like with most things, is to create a routine that everyone can get used to–and making sure that you stick to it.

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Bathing a newborn is so much different than bathing a toddler, and I don’t bathe Sawyer every night like I do with Grayson. Since she’s still a newborn, not only is it just not needed, but bathing newborns too often can be harmful to their sensitive skin and create rashes and skin irritation.

I’ve been using Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Tip to Toe Wash and Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Baby Lotion since they’ve been on the market. Being that I use Dove products myself, I was really excited to be able to used them with my kids as well. My goal for every newborn bath is simple–quick, effective, calming, and with as few tears as possible.

Whenever we bathe Sawyer, I try to make sure that I do it while Grayson is still finishing his dinner, or I let him have some tablet or screen time during it. Often times, he enjoys helping me with this as well. He hands me washcloths and talks and sings to Sawyer.

We bathe Sawyer in the sink, simply because she seems to prefer it to her infant tub. I always make sure that the water is warm/lukewarm and soak washcloths in it prior to putting her in the sink. Covering her with a warm, wet washcloth seems to help keep her a lot calmer in the bath.

Here are two really quick tips for an effective newborn bath:

  • Gather all of your bath time essentials prior to bath time: Towel, Washcloths, Soap. (This way you won’t get started with bath and realize you’re forgetting something, and not be able to go grab it.)
  • If baby isn’t a fan of bath time, keep it as quick as possible. For a baby who enjoys bath, you can let them soak for just a few minutes to promote relaxation in the water before bed time.

We absolutely love Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Tip to Toe Wash. It keeps baby and toddler skin soft and moisturized, but it isn’t harsh on their skin and doesn’t give them any irritations. I’ve has issues in the past with various soaps and lotions, and haven’t had any with Baby Dove.

Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Tip to Toe Wash is great because it is made with 100 percent skin-natural nutrients as well as gentle cleansers to keep baby’s skin nourished and healthy. The rich creamy lather leaves skin feeling clean and soft, and it helps to retain baby’s natural skin moisture. It’s also ophthalmologist, dermatologist, and pediatrician testes, hypoallergenic, fragrance free, and tear free.

During Grayson’s bath, Sawyer is either in her swing drifting in and out of sleep, or she’s already swaddled and in bed. This allows Grayson to still have his fun bath time, and I don’t feel rushed giving him his bath, since she’s taken care of!

After bath time, we head to my bed where I’ve laid out clothes, a clean diaper, and lotion. During this time, I always spend a few minutes giving Sawyer a small massage with lotion to just relax her and promote healthy circulation. Like I said, the goal for bath time with both of my kids is simple: RELAXING!

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Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Baby Lotion is light enough for baby’s sensitive skin, and it’s thick enough to sink into their skin without being greasy. Actually, sometimes I use it on myself too.

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One of the things that I love most is that Baby Dove’s Sensitive Moisture range has been developed for babies with sensitive skin. The Sensitive Moisture cleansers and lotion contain nutrients identical to those found naturally in skin, and the full range goes beyond mildness to help replenish essential moisture and skin-natural nutrients. It is also fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, created without dyes, parabens, phthalates, or sulfates.

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Once both kids are bathed, we all climb into my bed and read a few books together while we continue to wind down for the night. I love this time the most, and I look forward to it all day. It’s a great way to make sure that I’m bonding with both of my children and including both of them during bed time. My son also gets a bit more focus during this time, which helps him to remember that even though newborns are very demanding, he’s a big part of this family as well–and he gets some “Mom Time” at the end of the day as well, which is so so important.

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What is one piece of advice for bathing a newborn that you found super helpful?

Did you find things like bath time difficult when transitioning from one to two kids? Let me know!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Baby Dove.
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