Co-bathing is gaining popularity among parents, particularly of the millennial variety. It's not a revolutionary concept, really. Basically, you hop in the tub with your baby. It's perfectly safe, and it has great benefits like relaxation for mom and baby, like skin-to-skin contact and regulating the temperature with your own body. It's not without its disadvantages, but you may find that it's the right fit for you and your child. There are sacrifices you make when you co-bathe, but they're totally worth it.
I didn't intend on co-bathing. Until my baby's umbilical cord fell off, I sponge bathed her. After that, I used a little baby bathtub and only bathed her every few days. The problem was, she absolutely hated the tub. Even when she could sit up on her own, she would cry during her bath. Eventually, I just decided to get in there with her. She was much calmer when I held her on my lap, and as time went on, she started to love bath time. She's now a toddler who bathes alone happily, but I still bring her into the big tub in Mommy and Daddy's bathroom on occasion. When we've had a particularly frustrating day, I like having that time together without distraction to wind down.
I'm a big proponent of co-bathing, but as with anything, it's not for everybody. If you can get past the following, I think you'll find it's actually quite wonderful.