Originally Posted by justKate
There are a few baby things I'm still working out in my head, like how do you (eventually) bathe a child when you don't have tub in your house, but nothing urgent. I have a feeling the second half of the pregnancy is going to be sort of boring! But of course that is a good thing.
Hope everybody is having a good week!
We bought a really nice baby tub and used it like twice. It was a pain to deal with honestly, because if we used it outside the bathroom, we had to have a space heater set up so the room would be warm enough. And using it in the bathroom was no good on my back -- leaning over the tub to support her weight hurt.
I gave up and got in the tub with her and just took a bath with her on my lap/in my arms. Totally easy. Some people love baby tubs and get lots of use out of them. Some (like me) find it easier to just bathe with babe.
But since you don't have a tub, I'd go with the sink. It can work great for lots of mamas!
I never used the sink because our sink has lots of stuff around it -- plants and whatnot, and all well within grabbing reach. But if we'd not had a tub, I've have cleared all that away and used the sink for sure. I'd put a towel down in/around it when baby is tiny though, to add some padding in case s/he were to jerk back or something.
As for showering, I personally wouldn't unless I'm wearing baby in a sling. Their skin is soooo slippery when wet, it just didn't feel safe at all to me when Guinevere was little -- I didn't have a mesh sling and just tried holding her and it was scary honestly. We shower together all the time now, but she sits on the tub floor or stands. But if you have a shower and your sink doesn't work well for you, you could invest in a mesh sling and just shower with babe.
PSA: Don't use soap on baby often at all. It dries out skin and contributes to eczema and other skin conditions. Plain ol' water works great.