Baby Bath Time

bathtime5 I think I might love my kids’ bath time as much or more than they do. Before Edie could sit up on her own one of my favorite things to do was to get in bath with her. Holding that soft, chubby, nudie, slippery baby in the bath was one of the highlights of my day! Now that she can sit up on her own in the bath pretty well (though with very close attention), I usually stay out of the bath and enjoy it from the marginally-dry bathroom floor. bathtime13

Often Henry would join us as well. I’d give him some instruction on how to he could help wash the baby, which inevitably ended up in soap beards and unauthorized splashing but I guess that’s pretty expected for a 6 year old playing with an 8 month old.


Keep reading to hear more about our bath routine and the Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target bath products we checked out for baby’s bath…   Featuring Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target products: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Bubble Bath, SheaMoisture Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Head to Toe Wash & Shampoo, SheaMoisture Baby Bar Soap, Seventh Generation Baby Lotion …plus stroller links, and Munchkin Ten Squirtin’ Sea Buddies Bath Toys

This post is sponsored by TargetThe Made To Matter line has been handpicked by Target to bring you brands that make things better for your you, your family, and the place we all call home.

Photography by Liz Stanley bathtime12

One way I’ve tried to make this transition as an older brother easier for Henry is to involve him as much as possible and play up his skills as the mature, older sibling. It would have been easier (and resulted in less soap in her eyes) for me to wash Edie myself, but I wanted Henry to feel like he was involved and big enough to help with this super serious adult task, so I let him wash her.

(Also, if you haven’t read it yet, I love this post by Joanna on sibling relationships. She has some great tips for making that difficult adjustment as a big brother or sister.)




Bubbles are a special bath time treat we do every once in a while. Henry was delighted that I let him add the Burt’s Bees Bubble Bath by himself for Edie’s bath. It’s one of our favorite products in the tub (and I don’t stress too much about that occasional handful of bubbles that ends up in her mouth since it’s made without icky SLS, sulfates, phalates, petrochemicals and parabens). bathtime9 bathtime11

Henry was having so much fun helping clean Edie with some SheaMoisture Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Head to Toe Wash & Shampoo (which smells amazing, fyi) that he decided he needed to get in with her. Why should she get all the attention on camera? I obliged and upon immersion Henry immediately gave Edie an impressive soap beard, which she of course was completely oblivious to (babies are hilariously entertaining, aren’t they?). bathtime14 bathtime6

And then of course he had to give himself a matching beard as well (for equality’s sake). bathtime4    bathtime2

After all the bubble and soap has been washed off, I rubbed her down with Seventh Generation Baby Lotion and we snuggled in this handmade bath towel a friend made for Henry when he was an infant. A sweet, clean baby just out of the bath is the most delicious thing on earth, don’t you think?

And just for fun, here’s Henry in the same towel 6 years ago:

IMG_5868-575x383 What’s your kids’ bath time routine? What kinds of baby bath products do you love?

Also, in case you missed them, here are the other posts in this Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target series so far: Intro postBaby Food Challenge, and The Great Diaper Swap, Teething Challenge 


It’s the best! I often bathe with my babies too. What sweet moments!

What sweet photos, bath time is the best and we love the burts bees bubble as well

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