When baby's about to outgrow the baby bathtub, it can feel a little like taking the training wheels off a bike. So, how do you know when your baby is ready for the big bathtub? First, you'll want to be sure baby has good head and neck control. Second, you'll also want to have the right equipment on hand.
Prepare yourself with these suggestions:
Invest in a rubber bath mat or a baby bath ring to help you keep baby from slipping. (Funny how similar wet babies are to wet fish.)
Have all the bath supplies nearby before you start the bath. A cute supply basket or even a plastic bin designed for household cleaning supplies will hold baby wash, washcloths, shampoo, a comb/brush, cotton balls, a cup for hair rinsing and a few tub toys.
Hooded towels are nice, but a plain old bath towel will dry baby off just as well.
Double-up a bath towel or consider buying a garden kneeling pad to save your knees from kneeling on the hard bathroom floor.
Not sure you're ready for the transition in baby's bathtime routine yet? One Step Ahead has a Secure Transitions Baby Tub
that might help you bridge the gap.