Bathing & Dressing

How to give your newborn a sponge bath

You've been washing your laundry for years and your dishes for even longer. But washing a baby is something entirely different! Find out what supplies you'll need and what techniques are best when cleaning your baby the newborn way.

8 keys to bath time safety

your baby already spent 9 months at sea, so just think of her first couple of baths as a return to familiar waters. Of course, there's no comfy womb protecting your baby now, so now it's up to you to make bath time safe for the two of you.

Trimming baby's nails

We often think of babies as snuggly bundles of love (and don't get us wrong, they are), but when those babies enter the world, they often arrive sporting full sets of nails. Since babies are prone to swinging and sweeping their limbs in all directions, you'll want to learn how to trim your baby's nails before they can do any damage to either of you.

7 tips for washing baby's hair

So you've been doing this for a while by now, and maybe you and your baby have your bathtime routine all set, but just in case bathtime isn't always a delight, here are a few ideas that might help it run a bit more smoothly.

Baby bath time checklist

Giving your baby a bath is a serious job: once those little toes enter the water, the two of you are committed. So before turning on the faucet, comb through your bathroom to ensure that these 7 important bathtime supplies are within arm's reach at all times.

When to brush baby's teeth

As a parent or guardian, there are lots of fun things to look forward to in the future: birthdays, graduations, brushing teeth. Brushing teeth?

When can I move baby to the big tub?

your baby's world just keeps getting bigger, and bathtime is no exception. she probably can't fathom that there's a larger tub out there just waiting to be filled with warm water, soap bubbles, and floating toys. When and how can the two of you transition to wider seas?

Can my baby wear jewelry?

your baby may be the new reigning monarch in your home, but decking her out in some of the crown jewels may have to wait until she is a little older.

Top 3 diapering dilemmas and their solutions

Diapering isn't any parent's favorite part of the job, but it's also one that parents tend to get used to a lot faster than they're expecting. Still, babies tend to change their minds about even the most routine parts of their days, and change them fast enough to confuse even the most seasoned diapering vet.

Baby's first haircut

One day your baby's going to walk into the house with a mohawk or a head of bright blue hair. Until then, you're in charge of what's happening on top of her head. If you're one of the many parents who consider their baby's first haircut a big deal, you'll want to take these things into consideration before the trimmers come out.

4 bath time games for baby

Enthusiasm levels for bathtime vary greatly among babies. Whether your baby hates the tub or just can't get enough, bathtime games can make any young child's time in the tub time a little bit more fun.

5 safety tips for bathing with your toddler

Many parents bathe with their children, but before doing so, it's important to keep some tips in mind to keep everybody safe while you're splashing around.

How fast do babies grow out of shoes?

your baby's tiny toes get a little bit less tiny every day, and as she gets closer to using those little piggies, and the feet they're attached to, for transportation, keeping them protected from the ground and the weather becomes more and more important.

Help! My baby hates the bath

There's only so long you can go between baths before you start to get a little sticky, and if you're your baby, and your favorite hobby is rolling around on the floor, or flinging yourself into the mud, that time might be even shorter. But what's a parent to do with a little one who acts like she's allergic to soapy water?

Trimming your toddler's nails

Maybe nail-clipping isn't your favorite thing, either, but when a toddler dislikes something she needs to do, it can make life a lot harder for everyone around her.

How often to buy clothes for a toddler

Toddlers grow like weeds, but that doesn't mean they can't be dressed to impress. Shopping for a growing toddler is definitely a skill, though.

Bathing in the second year

A lot of things have changed since your baby was born, and bathtime is only one of them, but it's an increasingly important one as she grows more and more mobile.

Buying shoes for fast growing feet

your baby's feet are growing just as fast as the rest of her, and she needs shoes that can keep up with her.

Teaching children to dress themselves

your baby is growing more independent every day - she should be ready to start putting on her socks on her own any day now ...right?

Fun and games: toys for bath time

Once upon a time, the best bathtub toy was a rubber ducky. But nowadays there are lots more options for entertaining your baby while she is in the tub.

When your toddler grows out of an old favorite

It's wonderful when your little one finds a favorite thing. If it's a favorite pair of shoes, you know there's always one pair your baby is willing to wear. If it's a shirt, she has a go-to outfit for special days. But when your baby's favorite item starts to disintegrate or get too small, favorite items have to slowly transition to former favorites.

When your toddler hates diaper changes

Dirty diapers are smelly and gross. You know this. your baby knows this. So why is she resisting diaper changes, all of a sudden?

How to get your toddler out the door on early days

It's nice that your baby loves her home so much, but sometimes you need to get out of the house with a limited amount of dilly-dallying. On especially early days, parents can use all the help they can get to move themselves and their little ones out the door.

Toddler fashion choices that can be safety hazards

All the world's a runway, so it's important to make sure your baby takes a safe walk across that catwalk.

When should I stop using baby shampoo?

Now that your baby is less of a baby and more of a toddler, a lot of her baby things have disappeared. Eventually, baby shampoo will end up going with them.

Why do some toddlers hate having their hair washed?

Bubbles, rubber duckies, what's not to like about bathtime? If your toddler would answer, "why, hair-washing of course," you're not alone.

Your toddler and fancy clothes

Is it time to get your baby all gussied up? Hollywood glam squads could learn a thing or two about from watching parents get their toddlers dressed up for fancy events. There is skill, precision, and a little bit of bribery involved, but it's all worth it to see the cutest person in the world in her fanciest clothes.

How soon is too soon for potty training?

Maybe you feel like the time to potty train can't come soon enough, but for your baby, it can be hard to figure out when the time is right. Do you know what signs to look for that she might be ready to potty train?

Matching clothes for multiples?

The idea of matching babies is seriously cute, but should twins really match all the time?

Brushing up on your toddler's oral hygiene

As your toddler get closer and closer to collecting the whole set of baby teeth, it only becomes more important that she takes care of those teeny tiny pearly whites well.

When can or should my toddler go barefoot?

Toddler toes like to be as free as toddler spirits, but are bare feet the way to go?

Bathtime games for your toddler

Life's a game for your toddler, and bathtime is no different! There's no reason she can't learn a little from your fun and games, though.

When can a child brush their own teeth?

your baby is getting more and more independent every day! When she starts reaching for the spoon and trying to feed herself, it can be a sign that she is ready to start trying to take over some feeding duties. Is the same thing true for when she starts reaching for her toothbrush?

Hiding while pooping: A step towards potty training

Of all the quirky habits your toddler might pick up, finding somewhere private to make a mess of her diaper can feel like a pretty unremarkable one, but it's a habit that can say a lot about future potty training.

Help! My child hates wearing clothes

your baby may want to be Tarzan when she grows up, or she may just be getting overheated when fully clothed, but either way, a toddler's nudist phase can be a tricky one for her parents to navigate.

Can my toddler wear nail polish?

If your baby sees you doing something that looks interesting, she might want to participate. You probably understand this well from all your experiences with your baby sneaking a bite of your food, checking on you in the bathroom, or "helping" you with household tasks. If you're putting shiny stuff on anyone's nails, your baby might want in on the fun.

The building blocks of teaching your toddler about hygiene

your baby wasn't born knowing how to wash her own hands, and it's a skill she's going to need by the time kindergarten rolls around, so why not start now?

Clothes shopping with your growing toddler

It is so fun to pick out cute clothes for your little one. So fun, in fact, that your baby makes sure to grow out of clothes seemingly as fast as you can buy them. How considerate of her! Buying clothes for your toddler can feel like shooting at a moving target, but there are ways to make it easier.

Great haircuts for your little one

If toddlers grow fast, their hair only grows even faster. Here are a few ideas for keeping your tot's locks neat!

Great haircuts for your little one

If toddlers grow fast, their hair only grows even faster. Here are a few ideas for keeping your tot's locks neat!

Flossing and your toddler

If flossing regularly was easy, it wouldn't be so many people's New Year's Resolution, but if your baby starts early, she'll be well on her way to strong, healthy teeth through adulthood.

The pros and cons of training pants

If you've decided the time is right to start potty training, you'll first need a potty chair. After that, some families have also found potty training pants helpful during the process.

When should a child dress him- or herself?

When your baby was a newborn, her wardrobe probably consisted entirely of onesies and funny costumes, but as she gets older, these clothes more resemble regular, grown-up clothes. But when is your baby ready to dress herself?

Your toddler's unique dress sense

When toddlers start to take over dressing themselves, stripes next to polka dots is only the beginning, and even parents who are completely charmed by their kids' creativity occasionally have to step in as the voice of reason.

Help, my toddler hates haircuts!

It's normal for a toddler to have fear or nervousness around getting her hair cut, but you know what they say: hair today, gone tomorrow.

Cavities in baby teeth

Baby teeth are sort of like your baby's training-wheels teeth, but they can have a big impact on the internal landscape of her mouth for the rest of her life.

Teaching a child to groom

You aren't going to be able to bathe your baby forever, so it's a good idea to teach her some basic principles of self-care.

Cutting your toddler's hair at home

Whether it's the convenience of your own home, or if your baby has decided the hair salon is her least-favorite place on earth, if you're thinking of doing your baby's hair-styling in a more informal setting, you're not alone.

Teething remedies for those last molars

Teething has been a marathon, but you and your baby are almost ready to sprint to the finish line.

Convincing a reluctant toddler to love bathtime

As your baby grows, she'll have plenty of phases, but the really-hating-the-bath phase has the potential to get messy, so it can be helpful to have a strategy in mind.

What if I started potty training too early?

Getting your baby out of those stinky diapers can feel like a race to the finish line, but what if you started running before the starting signal?

Thorough tooth brushing in the third year

Scrub-a-dub-dub - not just for the tub! It's a lot harder to make tooth-brushing fun and exciting than it is with bathtime, though.

A toddler self-dressing timeline

your baby can walk, talk, can feed herself (mostly) without getting it all over the floor, so when can she add dressing herself to her repertoire?

Introducing your toddler to flossing

Flossing can feel like too adult of an activity for a toddler, but those little teeth can be at risk for some pretty big cavities.

Potty training resistance

Potty training is one of the hardest things most toddlers have learned to do at this point in their lives, and it's very common to have a few setbacks.

Bathtime safety and your almost-three-year-old

Rubber ducks, bubbles, what is there not to love about bathtime? But getting clean isn't all fun and games, and even now that your baby's pretty big and strong, it's still important to be careful.

Potty training pitfalls

Of all the milestones your baby is going to meet and surpass over the next few years, potty training may be one of the most anticipated - but the road to a fully potty-trained tot doesn't always run smooth.

Hair washing battles and your toddler

One reasons fears can stick around longer than they might otherwise is because parents feel that ignoring or downplaying the problem will make it go away.

Should my toddler be dressing on their own?

The skill of dressing yourself isn't just about keeping patterns from clashing, and your baby is probably still in the 101 stage of learning how.

Toddler shower safety

Your toddler is growing up, and she may be ready to start exploring the wider world of bathing - including showers!

Your toddler's sense of style

At this age, toddlers are eager to have some independence in any way they can, and picking out clothes to wear is a great way for them to assert themselves.

Potty training: What to do when regression hits

your baby is learning more every day, but some of the skills she learns can go through rocky stages before she masters them.

When can children bathe by themselves

Bubbles, rubber duck, parental supervision? It's still important to make sure your baby has all the bathtime essentials when it's time for her to get clean.

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