Bath Time Essentials

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bath time essentialsBath time is a very beloved activity in our house. It gives my kids a chance to play, and I get a few moments to enjoy them at the end of the day.  

We have gone through a lot of different products in our bath time ritual. Here are some of our very favorites.

Angel Care Baby Tub I had a more traditional baby tub with my first child, but a friend turned me on to this one when I was pregnant with my daughter. It is wonderful. While it won’t work too well in the kitchen sink, my daughter highly preferred it to our other tub. Best of all, it allowed me to safely bathe my kids together from the start.  
 
Castile Soap I don’t really like tear-free shampoos and baby soaps. First of all, they’re not really tear-free. (Try washing your hair with Johnson’s and keeping your eyes open during the rinse. It doesn’t feel great.). More importantly, the tear-free thing is achieved through chemical additives. My kids have done fine with diluted castile soap as shampoo and body wash. You can find it at the grocery store or pharmacy, and it’s super cheap.
 
Crayola Bath Products  These products are super fun, probably full of problematic ingredients, but we use them only occasionally. The bath paints are very cool and easy to clean, and my kids love mixing different colors of the bath drops to change the color of the water.  
 
Apron Towel This thing is killer for washing babies. Do not, I repeat, do NOT register for any of those hooded baby towels. They are big enough only for newborns and small infants, and people are obsessed with buying them, so you’ll get them whether you ask for them or not. Leave them off the registry and instead add an apron towel or two. This bad boy will allow you to wash and dry your little love without getting soaked yourself.
 
Green Toys Bath Toys I hate having to replace rubber duckies every few months. (They get mildew and mold in them, so you need to get rid of them on the regular). The Green Toys bath toys can be soaked in bleach and cleaned with an old toothbrush. We have a seaplane and a boat, and they’ve lasted forever. Major bonus – these toys are made in the US from recycled materials.
 
Plan Toys Bath Toys These are made of wood, and I haven’t had ours for long enough to speak to their longevity. I can, however, say that my children love them, and they are super cute. You can find them (and Green Toys too!) at Penny and Ting in Ossining.

What are your favorite products for bath time with kiddos? Please share them with us in the comments!

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Amy is a Hudson Valley native and educator working in New York City schools. She has two little kids and one little dog. Before moving to her current home in Ossining, Amy attended college on Long Island and then spent most of her 20s in Brooklyn and Queens. New York is truly home for her, and she’s thrilled to be living closer to her hometown of Garrison and her extended family. As a mom, Amy believes in empowered parenting, and she’s passionate about raising her kids to be partners in the fight for social justice. When she’s not working or trying to figure out nap time, Amy loves hiking, yoga, swimming, and relaxing with her family.