Bathtime is the signal of bedtime around the world for millions of babies, toddlers, and kids. It’s the time of day to start winding down, scrubbing dirty knees, and soothing your little one into a relaxed state ready for a peaceful night’s sleep.
(unless you’re trying to wash your toddler’s hair, then the relaxing part usually goes out the window and is replaced by screams, howls, and shouts of NO MOMMY NO…. as you wonder if your neighbors will call Child Welfare/social services … or is that just me??)
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Bathtime, (all screaming aside) is more than just cleaning off the day’s dirt, it’s the perfect time of day to soothe little ones to sleep, ease diaper rash soreness, prevent cold’s and so much more. In this post, I’m going to show you the 4 different types of bath your child should have.
What is an oatmeal bath?
Just as the name suggests it’s a bath made with oatmeal and water, that literally takes seconds to make yet has incredible benefits. No fancy ingredients here! yup, just the regular plain old oatmeal you find in the supermarkets.
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Oatmeal bath benefits
So how exactly will an oatmeal bath benefit your child? Oatmeal has long been known for it’s incredible and amazing abilities at soothing itching and irritated skin.
Mosquito bites, eczema, dermatitis, rashes, and even diaper rashes can all be relieved naturally by soaking in an oatmeal bath.
Not only do oats help with skin irritations, but the natural starches in oats also bind to the skin creating a protective layer over the surface, enabling the skin to retain its natural moisture.
How to make an oatmeal bath
To make an oatmeal bath, grind 1-2 cups of oatmeal into a fine powder. Pour the oatmeal into the bath and run warm water until the oatmeal is thoroughly blended. Let your infant or child soak in the bath for 15-30 minutes.
You don’t have to rinse after the oatmeal bath, but if you choose to, rinse with tepid water. After the bath, make sure to pat or blot your child dry, avoid rubbing as this will irritate the skin.
Note: Use certified gluten-free oats if you or your child have celiac disease or are sensitive to gluten.
Epsom salt bath
What are Epsom salts?
Unlike the name suggests Epsom Salt is not actually a salt but a mineral compound called magnesium sulfate. The name Epsom comes from Epsom, England, where the mineral was discovered in the 17th Century.
Why Your Child Should Have an Epsom salt bath – The Benefits
Just like oatmeal, magnesium sulfate can relieve itchiness and skin irritations, but that’s not all Epsom salt can do!
Soaking in a warm bath of Epsom salt can also:
- Reduce inflammation
- Improve blood circulation
- Fight off colds and the flu
- Repair Muscles and heal bruises faster
- Help flush toxins from cells
- Improve nerve function
- Helps kids to relax and sleep better
- Relieve Irritability and Stress
How To Make An Epsom Salt Bath
Pour 0.5 cups to 2 cup salt in the bath and mix thoroughly with warm water until the salts have dissolved. If bathing an infant in Epsom salt, use 1/4 to 0.5 cups and make sure they do not ingest it. Although it’s not harmful it may cause diarrhea.
Note: Make sure to only use high-grade pure Epsom salt meant for baths like this one.
What is a breastmilk bath?
A breastmilk bath is made by mixing pumped out breastmilk and mixing it in water until the water has turned milky.
Benefits of a breastmilk bath for infants
Breastmilk has long been called liquid gold and for good reason! Not only does it give your infant the perfect balance of nutrients on the inside, but it can also help on the outside by:
- reducing itching
- soothing bites
- treating cradle cap
- soothing diaper rash
- helps clear up baby acne
- moisturize dry skin
How to Make a Breastmilk Bath
Pour in enough breastmilk (either frozen, from the fridge or freshly pumped) into warm water and swish until the bath has a milky look. For a regular size baby bath, around 1 bottle of milk should be sufficient.
Even if you don’t have that much to use for a bath, add whatever you can, every little drop will do!
If your not breastfeeding don’t worry! your child can still benefit from a regular milk bath!
The Chamomile Bath
Chamomile may not be the first thing you think of when thinking about baths, but it has some great benefits and therefore it’s included in this list!
Benefits of a Chamomile Bath
Chamomile is renowned for it’s soothing and relaxing properties, and it is also very gentle on the skin. Chamomile helps reduce stress, can naturally keep blond locks bright and light, soothe sore muscles, alleviate skin irritations, and promote sleep!
How To Make A Chamomile Bath
Making a chamomile bath couldn’t be easier! Simply brew a pot of chamomile tea by using tea bags and add it to the bath water, make sure to add cooler water until the bath water is a comfortable warm temperature for your child.
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These four baths are ideal to add into your bedtime routine. They all naturally help boost the overall health of your child. Not only that but they are cheap, easy, natural and best of all good for our kids! Happy Bathtime! (unless it’s hair washing night of course ?)