With summer approaching, many of you may be planning for easter holidays away from home, a road trip, or vacations abroad; travelling with a baby requires some extra preparations. Believe it or not, it can be exhausting and daunting for you and your baby as the whole routine gets disturbed. But that does not mean you should not enjoy your holidays. Other things that you will require most for caring for the baby, the most overlooked is how you will bathe a baby while travelling. Once you are on-road or staying in a hotel away from home, you may realize that the baby needs a bath, and you don’t have anything around when you need to get it done.
While it is not possible to pack your baby bath with you, there are many ways to give your baby a bath when travelling with minimum stress.
Tip 1. Call and Discuss with Hotel You are Going Stay.
It is always best to call the hotel ahead of time to discuss your concern regarding bathing a baby while you stay there. It will help them know if you need any special arrangements. Or help you determine if you need any extra to pack with you. Most hotels will have a bathtub in their bathrooms, but some of them may only have shower enclosures. Therefore, discussing your requirements when booking a hotel room will help you determine whether you will be able to give your baby a bath comfortably. If it sounds like not a suitable place to stay with a baby, then you ask to change the room or look for it at a different hotel.
Tip 2. Take Bathing Supplies with You.
There are portable baby baths available in the market. You can get one for your baby. These are lightweight and take less space. In addition to that, you will need to take a few baby bathing essentials with you. When you plan to give the baby bath, simply set up the bathtub and keep all the essentials near you for easy access.
Tip 3. Take a Bath with Your Baby.
Most of the hotel bathrooms have bathtubs. Although these are of adult size, you may also use them for baby baths. You need to simply take your baby to the bath with you. You may used to do it with an older kid at home. However, it may be possible for a baby too. You will need to take water levels to a minimum and hold the baby in your arms. Alternatively, you can also make him lay on the bath surface and use the showerhead to rinse the baby with water.
Tip 4. Use Sink Baths.
There are various types of baby sink baths available on the market. These are handy and can help you give a baby bath with ease. So, you don’t even need to discuss with the hotel about your requirements as all you need is a large sink in the bathroom or any other place. In case you don’t have anything available, an old-fashioned way can be to use a sink directly for it. However, it is highly recommended to clean the sink properly, preferably with disinfection. In addition to that, you should make sure it is free from any bottles, soaps, or anything else around the sink taps. Before you start, it is important to always check the water temperature, so you don’t end up hurting the baby with water that is too hot or too cold.
Tip 5. Baby Baths in a Shower Enclosure.
In case you end up in a hotel where the bathroom has a shower enclosure instead of a bath, it is still possible to use it to wash the baby. However, you will need to make sure there is a showerhead available there. You can also ask the hotel staff if it’s there. They will be able to help with it in most cases. You can either give the baby bath while laying him on the shower tray or wash him with a handheld shower. Alternatively, you can hold the baby tight while standing and turn the shower on. It is important that you check the water temperature and the force of spray forehand to avoid any problems. In case you are going to do it by standing, then keep the spray force at the minimum level and stop it every few seconds to let the baby adjust to it. You must also avoid continuously showering the baby or face rather focus more on other parts.