Infants do not need to bathe as often as you do. Save time and free up evenings for more fun activities by skipping bath time. Most twin parents I know (self included) only bathe their infants 1-2 times per week.
Twin bath time can be a daunting task, especially, if you are the only one home.
I know, I’ve been there. I’ve been the one trying to figure out if my infants fit in the baby bathtub at the same time – not really. I’ve been the one praying that my children don’t go to the bathroom while I carry them down the hall to grab more – tossing diapers into the tub while you wait your turn is a GREAT game!
After some trial and error here are a few methods for tackling bath time if you are the only caregiver on bath night (or day):
- For very young infants: Bring a Rock ‘n Play into the bathroom with you, along with diapers, wipes, changes of clothes and bath gear. Bathe your babies one at a time while the other rests comfortable in the Rock ‘n Play next to you
- For older infants / toddlers: Leave one of your babies in a crib in the bedroom while you bathe the other and then switch. Sometimes this isn’t as relaxing if your kids don’t like waiting their turn (my didn’t) but it’s safe and allows you to get some one on one time with each child
- For toddlers: Gather diapers, wipes, changes of clothes and bath gear in the bathroom ahead of time. Then guide both of your children into the bathroom and make bath time a big deal and super fun experience. Likely your kids will enjoy splashing around together and you only have one bath time. Drain the water first, then dry off and clothe your kids one at a time.
As a reminder, I am not a medical professional – click here to see bathing information from the Mayo Clinic.
Editor’s Note: Never leave a child (or children) unattended in the bathtub or in any water. Not even for a few seconds to run to the other room.