The first time I gave my newborn daughter a bath, I was a hot mess. She cried, I cried, I almost dropped her, and as soon as I took her out of the bath she pooped all over me. After that horrifying experience, I hated giving her baths and she hated getting them. Then my son was born, and I found a ring sling designed to go in the water at a local baby store. I started co-bathing with him, and it was magical.
The first time I co-bathed with my newborn, I had no idea what to expect. To be honest, It never occurred to be that you could bathe with your baby, and I definitely didn't expect to like it. When the sales clerk told me that the sling could be used to co-bathe with baby, I was a bit skeptical about how it would work. I mean, it sounded like an efficient way to get a shower every day, even when someone wasn't around to hold the baby or chase around the toddler, but I honestly thought it would be complicated and difficult.
It turned out to be super easy and, after only one bath session, I was hooked. Baby got a stress-free bath, I got to clean up, and we both got some snuggles and skin-to-skin time. It was way less stressful than giving my daughter baths in the kitchen sink. Come to think of it, there were few things about the "fourth trimester" that were this easy. Seriously.
When my youngest son was born, I decided we'd co-bathe, too. We both love the closeness and bonding, I don't have to stress out about giving a wet, slippery newborn a bath in the sink, and he doesn't get cold, so it's pretty much win-win for everyone.