If you are a mommy who is a little perturbed about bathing twins, then do not fret since we have got you covered.
It is always great fun to bathe your babies and it is not all that difficult. However, bathing twins is not as easy as it is when it comes to bathing singletons. Nevertheless, you will still be able to do great. You simply need a few tools to accomplish a successful bath time. Most of these items will already be available at your home.
There are so many resources such as the book titled The Baby Whisperer which talks about the appropriate technique to how to get it done impeccably. It discusses how to lower your baby into the bath and rambles on and on and on. It is basically nothing but rubbish to be honest. You only need to ensure that the temperature is appropriate; that is, it is warm but not burning hot. Simply slide them into the bath tub and there you go!
Mothers keep on wondering whether they need twice the equipment for bathing twins than that required for bathing a singleton. The answer to this question is a big fat NO. When it comes to newborn babies, until they are able to sit all by themselves, an assembly line routine would do the trick. You give bath to one baby in the tub while the other one rests in the bouncer or is handled by your partner or his grandparent. Then you make the switch!
Newborn infants can be wiggly and slippery when wet, so it is always a prudent choice to bathe them one at a time rather than bathing twins simultaneously. In addition, the assembly line bath time routine helps you spend some time individually with each baby.
Baby Bath Tub
Most of the bath tubs that are available on the market are 3-in-1 bath tubs that are appropriate for newborns and older babies. These are reasonably priced and tend to serve bulk of the population well. However, you can go for the laundry basket technique for bathing twins.
The Blue Tub by The First Years is our favorite 3-in-1 bath tub that costs pretty low. We believe that there is no reason to be spending more money than this on an infant bath tub. Period.
The Blue Tub and all of its other counterparts can be used through all stages of your baby’s infancy: the newborns are placed in the newborn sling.
Babies who are three to six months old use this tub in its reclined position with the newborn sling detached. When your baby learns to sit by himself, he can use the tub by sitting in an upright position with the hump detached. It grows with your little ones but we believe that you will not be using it for more than a year.
The huge drawback that comes with the Blue Tub and its counterparts is that it is not easy to fit in the kitchen sink. Moreover, it is always easier to give bath to an infant without having to bend over or to kneel down. So, if you get the angles right, you might be able to fit it in a larger sink but there are no guarantees.
Countertop and Sink Tubs
There are a few smaller sized tubs that can be used on the countertop or in the sink. A bucket style tub such as the Original Tummy Tub is an example of such tubs. But we would suggest you to save some money of yours and opt for the realistically priced WashPod by Prince Lionheart.
Here’s a little secret for you all: these are essentially buckets! Now, this begs the question: why put the infant in a bucket? This design gives the infant as if he were present in his mother’s womb. Moreover, some babies prefer to be in an upright position rather than lying back as is the case with the newborn sling in a 3-in-1 bath tub. If you are having trouble bathing twins in a laid back position in a 3-in-1 bath tub, we would recommend you to go for these tubs. The drawback associated with bucket styled tubs is that it is harder to access and clean your baby’s nether region which needs to be cleaned regularly.
Bathing Twins: Do It Yourself
The Baby bath tubs such as the Blue Tub or the newborn tub are quite mandatory when the babies are newborns. But as they grow up, you can let go of the tub and carry out some Do It Yourself innovations. There are a number of mothers out there who begin bathing twins together as soon as they learn to sit unassisted. A large laundry basket is the easiest and safest way to accomplish this style of bathing.
When your twins are about four to five months of age, you can take the slings out of the Blue Tub and attach them to each side of the laundry basket so that the twins have a safe and soft cushion to sit down on. You can then place the laundry basket in the tub, put some toys in, place the babies in the basket, run the water and there you have it: a perfect contraption for bathing twins at the same time. Using this technique, babies tend to enjoy a lot during the entire bathing session while the laundry basket ensures that they are safe so that they do not tip over. Once the babies grow up and require more room to play, then you can let go of the laundry basket and use the typical tub.
Towels and Washcloths
You can use the conventional towels and washcloths for adults. The benefit of purchasing typical baby washcloths and towels is that they need to be washed more frequently. Since these are small in size, so obviously they will not be taking too much space in the laundry. It is similar to washing twin sheets and king-sized sheets. Moreover, most of the baby towels come with little hoods which can be handy in wiping the hair and keeping the head warm.
There are no favorites in this section. You may get anything that you get your hands on. The towel in the figure is the Pottery Barn Kids which is a wonderful towel. Clevamama has come up with a nice towel too that keeps the mother dry as well.
Bamboo is a great fiber for baby towels since it is soft and highly absorbent. Here is more information about baby towels.
You will be needing some baby shampoo to keep all the nooks and crannies clean. Johnson’s Baby Wash is the most popular baby shampoo which is an ideal option for bathing twins owing to its no tears feature.
Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns is our favorite shampoo which is gentle and does not strip the oil from their soft hair.
Here are some of the more expensive natural options:
- Earth Mama Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash
- California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo & Body Wash
- Babyganics Baby Shampoo + Body Wash
We would prefer the soaps with no tears features to the natural options since they have the potential of having your baby’s eyes burns. But it is all up to you!
A hand-sprayer type of shower head can be handy to wet and rinse your baby’s hair and body. A plastic cup can also be used if you do not have a handy sprayer.
Frequency of Bathing Twins
It all boils down to your individual preference. Some mothers bathe their infants daily while others do it once a week. To be honest, babies are not playing around in the dirt or getting sweaty at the gym. So, bathing twins daily is unnecessary.
Having said that, there is plenty of spitting up, errant milk and an occasional blowout. Also, bathing twins at the end of the day can also help them sleep better.
Once your infants are on solid diet, you will be fortunate to bathe them once in a day. So, enjoy this little luxury as long as they are on soft diet.
Keep in mind that all the dirt and grime tend to get collected behind the baby’s ears and in the neck folds for some reason unknown. Ensure that you scrub those areas or else it could all become a bit tacky.
Finally, to sum things up, here are essential items you will be needing for bathing twins:
- Baby tub
- Towels and washcloths
- Plastic cup (if you do not have a hand sprayer)
- Your partner to hold one baby while you bathe another or a bounce