I don’t bathe them every night.
My goal is Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday or Sunday until they can crawl. It does not always work that way. They generally get a bath 2-3 times per week, but they get a sponge bath every morning when I dress them. I use warm cloths I keep in a cloth wipe warmer. I got this as a gift, uncertain if I would use it. I didn’t at first, but eventually I found a way to use it that worked for me. Now I don’t have to wait for water to warm up at the sink in order to give them a sponge bath. It may sound silly, and perhaps it is, but I find it saves times and makes the morning routine more efficient.
Most of you are not going to care about the twins bath schedule — but believe it or not it was one of the things I went in search of on the internet.
How often do I bathe my baby? I actually typed this sentence into a Google search engine.
I think we stop trusting ourselves the minute we have a baby. Every question needs an answer from some authority — the fact is so much of it is common sense. And even more of it is about YOUR BABY. Our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers did not ask the question about how to bathe the baby, they just put the baby in some warm water and gave it a good scrub; careful to avoid dumping water in their ears.
The internet makes it so easy to ask mindlessly stupid questions.
The answer is simple. Smell the baby. Look at the baby. If the baby is dirty; bathe the baby.
Now that I am transitioning them to their cribs, I am working towards a more consistent routine. Bath time. Story time. Bottle. We have recently invested in Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suits for both boys. It was recommended to me by the woman who teaches our Babies First Class for Twins, Sue Darrison. I was skeptical because our boys hated the swaddle, they prefer to sleep on their stomachs. They break just about every rule ever written for putting a newborn to bed.
With that said, we have experienced some pretty dramatic sleep changes with the sleep suit. Last night Jackson slept from 10:30pm until 5:10am. Yes, it’s still early — but that is a long stretch of sleep, on his back in his sleep suit. James woke up once, but he slept in until almost 9:00am.
If you are a person who has landed here in search of your bath time or other twin answers, just know that what works for these two babies may or may not work for you — and both answers are correct. I try never to say you have to get this or that or do this or that. Take in as much information as you need to make an informed decision and then do what is best for your baby. I am an authority on nothing — but doing what is best for your baby is always the answer.
The Daily Dumplings pictures were taken tonight after I had looked at some pictures of their first baths. It’s pretty miraculous how much they have changed.