Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Is there room for that duck in that thing?


My amazing, charming, hardworking husband has landed himself a sweeeet new job at one of the CUNY campuses here. Not only will he be working part-time hours for full-time pay (!!!) but we'll no longer be shelling out $800 a month for health insurance because it's freakin' PROVIDED! I'm sure most of you are staring blankly at the screen wondering what all the hubbub's about but for those of us who have spent the bulk of our lives freelancing because we decided to follow our "dreams" and get a BFA instead of a nice, solid business degree, things like insurance and a 401K (I wonder if he gets a 401K...) are massive. He'll be working nights which sucks but he'll have his days free to write and help me rear the sprout. I'll need a breather considering I'll be doing the lion's share of the nighttime routine - which leads me to my question: How do you bathe an 8-month-old by yourself? We've always bathed with the boy, simply because it was easier. One of us would take the bath with him and the other would be there for the after-bath hand off, eliminating any life-threatening tub slippage. It was definitely a two man job. (He's not sitting up securely enough for me to plop him in the tub by himself, otherwise I'd just do that.) We tried a plastic baby bath when he was little but storage is an issue. I've seen these bath "pods", which are these clunky plastic contraptions that look like you're bathing your baby in a barrel, but they make me feel iffy at best.

Spill it. How'd you bathe your kids? And has anybody used a bath pod?

* I just read the Amazon reviews. Perhaps no.

"This. is. a. bucket. For thirty dollars, you can dunk your baby in this contraption. For free, you can stick them in the toilet because that at least has a rinsing option. This product is ridiculous. Mine was returned immediately and replaced with an actual bath seat. If you frequently stick your baby in a spaghetti pot and find that that is suitable for you and also you HAVE thirty dollars to spend, then get this thing. But, if you are a normal person who doesn't want to stuff their kid in a tiny bucket and fill it up with water and scare the crap out of them, then get something else. This product is nothing more than an overpriced bucket. You could get he same thing at Home Depot for two bucks."

8 comments:

ktbuffy said...

Yay for Matt! Boo for the bucket!

Can you guys consider giving Will a bath in the morning together, instead of at night, and eliminate the single-bathing problem for now?

Ali said...

Yeah, but there's a whole bedtime ritual thing that I'm loathe to F- with, simply because he's sleeping beautifully and if there's even a POSSIBILITY that sleep could be derailed, I'm out.

pursuedbyabear said...

I bathed with baby G until he was solid enough to sit up and handle it himself. Kind of a pain, but better than drowning .....

Ali said...

How'd you do it alone? That's what's thwarting me...

Elizabeth said...

I never really appreciated good insurance until we had the shitty stuff. It makes all the difference not having to worry about it.
For baths, first we put Eli in the kitchen sink, then the bathtub filled up with just a few inches of water and would lean over and wash him, and now he sits in the bottom of the tub while I take a shower. Then I get out, and he plays in the water while I dry off, and then I get him out.

Missy said...

I used a baby tub until they were sitting up and then we got a bath seat, that looks like a ring and suctioned to the bottom of the big tub. I will look and see if I can find a link to one, and e-mail it to you.

Colleen said...

We had a soft sponge thing, about 12" square, that we put in the bottom of the tub and set the babies on. I kind of held them with one hand and washed with the other--works best if they don't have much hair. Before putting them in I laid their towel out on the floor, open, so I'd just pick them up and lay them in the towel and wrap them up tight before they could get away! Remember swaddling? You can still do it if your towel is big enough! Good luck!

And CONGRATS on Matt's new job and health insurance. If our health insurance was paid for by our employers we could do stuff like take non-driving vacations! Enjoy your new benefits!

Woman with a Hatchet said...

Congrats to Matt! Yay for insurance!

As for baths, try the kitchen sink. If the boy can sit up, you're golden. It's at the perfect height! Then, when done, you just hold the towel under your chin like you were about to fold it and fold him into it for drying off.

Piece o' cake!