Before you read anything here…watch the video above.
Did you watch it?
Now, tell me – is that what your baby’s first bath experience was like?
Ours was VERY different. I also have it on video, and it certainly did not look like the above video. But…we can acknowledge that the video above is gorgeous, it’s so precious, what a beautiful time of peacefulness that baby seems to be experiencing. Notice they didn’t show us how they drugged the baby before shooting that clip…right? Right?
When Caleb was first born, he didn’t really cry much. In fact, the nurses were rubbing his back pretty hard, kind of pinching his back, trying to get him upset and trying to get him to cry and scream to get some stuff out of his lungs. And he just kept not crying…so we thought that perhaps we lucked out. Maybe our baby just didn’t like to cry, didn’t think it really helped or did anyone any good.
But then it came time for his first bath.
And that did it. Our first attempt at a bath at home turned out even worse. Screaming, shrill screaming…we were using a baby bath tub, and he was just not a fan at all. Sarah and I tried a couple other times, until she heard about the Tummy Tub. Now, if you look at it, it looks just like an expensive mop bucket. But it is pretty cool. And the first time we tried a bath in the Tummy Tub, we had a much more enjoyable experience.
A few times later…he was back to screaming. But since we’ve recently been adding in the bubbles…things are a bit more calm in the Tummy Tub. In fact, last night was the first time I gave him a bath solo…and it all worked out fine.
Needless to say – at least for us – giving Caleb a bath has not been the magical, meditative, spiritual, contemplative experience that the above video portrays. And that’s fine…it doesn’t have to be. And so we can watch the bath video and be awed and mesmerized by the moment…but just know that it doesn’t mean we’re crappy parents if we’re not having similar bath time experiences…right?