One of the sweetest parts about the newborn stage is the constant snuggles. In fact, it's really nothing but snuggles, whether they're sleeping, eating, or bathing. In fact, co-bathing is a popular option among many parents simply for the convenience and closeness it provides. But if you're new to the co-bathing front, you'll need a few hacks for co-bathing with a newborn because it isn't always the easiest thing in the world. But once you get the hang of it, it will quickly become one of your favorite moments with your tiny one for months to come.
With all of the benefits of skin-to-skin time — among them are stabilizing blood sugar and body temp, boosting breastfeeding, increased milk production, and providing comfort, according to Today's Parent — co-bathing is just another way to sneak it in. Additionally, most newborns aren't terribly fond of their bath time for the first few weeks. The feeling of being in the water without contact may seem frightening, so holding them against your skin is the perfect way to keep them calm while you get them clean.
You're probably well aware that bathing a tiny baby can get, well, slippery, so taking the necessary precautions via these hacks will ensure that your shared bath is as safe, relaxing and bond-forming as possible.