Twinfant Tuesday: Bath Time

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Bath time can be kind of tricky with multiples. To me, it felt like less work to kind of do a marathon of baths than to do each kid at completely separate times.

The first several months we used a normal little baby tub and did them one right after the other. I’d just roll up my pants and squat down in the bath tub to save my back from leaning over the edge of the tub.

At first I would only do it when my husband was home to help, but then I got comfortable going through the process by myself too. That happens a lot when you have twins. Sink or swim, right?

When they were about 6 months old we started putting them in the bath tub together in Bumbos. Use caution because the more water you put into the tub, the less stable the Bumbos become. Again, at first I would only do this when my husband was around in case I needed back up, but now I’m fine to do it safely by myself.

They LOVED bath time this way. They could splash, play with toys, etc. It has been a really fun and convenient way for us to do bath time.

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Splash on, Mom.

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Sarah is a stay-at-home mom to 3-year-old Cameron, and fraternal twin boys, Jackson and Benson, who are 1.5. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Dance and teaches ballet lessons part time. Her husband is in his third year of medical school and part of the United States Air Force. When free time pops up she enjoys digital scrap booking, reading, bubble baths, and dates with her husband. She hopes that she can provide a realistic, but very up beat voice about life with twins, and ultimately motherhood in general.

9 thoughts on “Twinfant Tuesday: Bath Time”

  1. We never thought to use Bumbos!
    Bath time was always hubby’s job as I fractured my spine and couldn’t bend over or lift the kiddos in or out. He used to do one at a time until they were about 9 months (and could sit unaided) and then we put them in together. We kept the water shallow and we have a bath mat that goes from one end of the bath to the other so no slipping.
    Now they go in together every night and I get to sit next to the bath and join in the fun! Of course now they’re 14 months old it’s all very raucous as they crawl around the bath and then stand up to throw their toys – and the water – all over the bathroom floor!

    1. A bath mat! I need to put one of those in my tub, because the slippery wet tub floor is the only thing holding me back from doing bath time without the Bumbos. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Bathing the girls together was the one aspect of parenting I felt that I just. could. not. do. I panicked at the thought of it. Like hyperventilating, “someone’s going to drown” panic. I eventually got comfortable with it, but it took a looooong time.

    1. I totally get you. I have to have everything ready to go before bath time so that I am 100% focused on what’s happening in the tub and I never leave the bath room. There are too many horrible, sad stories out there. I’ve had that same anxiety creep up more than once.

  3. This is a great idea! My twins are 4 months old and we recently bought a new bathtub so we could use our tub instead of the sink– but at some point I would really like to bathe them together. I am definitely not comfortable even bathing one alone, let alone two– mostly it’s getting their slippery little bodies out of the tub and safely into a towel! The day will come when I need to attempt it alone and I’ve been thinking about how we’re going to do baths in the future– what a perfectly timed post!

  4. Our tub: PRI EuroBath, Pearl White by Primo http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000056OV0/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_dJwdtb03RZ5KR.
    Bought when our firstborn was an infant, and she still uses it today at nearly 4. Our twins bathe in it as well, sometimes together on opposite ends. It’s a permanent fixture in the kids’ bathtub, and other than the handful of times we’ve been on vacation, we use it for every single bath, which means this thing gets a big workout being filled and emptied 3 times a night.

  5. I love your journey through the different stages. I could write quite a progression myself! :) I will say that, at maybe 3 1/2 or 4, our girls were mature enough to play independently (with me close by, of course) in the tub. Now they LOVE to play in the tub, and more recently, in the walk-in shower. I’ll admit occasionally to offering them some tub time so I can sit down for a few minutes. 😉

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