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Just Because I Can… a Lesson in Parenthood Efficiency

A couple weeks ago, I experimented with an event that can best be described as Super Bath. Bathing three kids every night is time consuming and hard, doing it when your flying solo for the evening – crazy. Usually I would just forget about it and wait till morning when I had some adult reinforcement. However, after a busy day at the park and some messy feedings all three boys need a bath if I wanted to avoid pigpen syndrome.

So I ventured to do the unthinkable, bathe two infants and one toddler all at the same time in our little tub. Here’s a step by step guide on how to create your own super bath at home:

Step 1. Prepare the Area- Collect all the pjs, diapers, and anything else needed in the changing process and stack it on the bathroom counter. Insert two bath seats in the back of the tub for any babies who are going to be participating in the super bath. Try to get them as close as possible to leave room for any kids who don’t need a seat. Put bath mat down in a weird direction to cover any remaining tub space and prevent really weird bath injuries. Get the water going and hope that your toddler who just dumped every single bath toy since the first day of his birth doesn’t jump in with his clothes on while you collect babies. Layout towels on the floor in front of the tub.

Step 2. Round Up Participants – Some how pry your excited toddler away from the bathroom so you can get everyone in the same place. Retrieve baby and lay on the safe towel area and repeat. Once all children have been gathered into the tub, undress and put into tub by order of independence. (in our case toddler first, then babies)

Step 3. Begin the bathing process- Use a detachable shower head which you can use to spray down kids, if you are lucky, your kids wont be freaked out by shower sprays. Focus on the little ones while the oldest “plays”.

Step 4. Dress- In the reverse order of how they went in, take out a child, laying them in the toweled area, dry off and dress. At this point in the process, my 2 year old decided that he needed to sit in the now empty bath seat. He was way too big for it, but thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. After the first child is PJ-ed, repeat with the remaining kids until everyone is out.

Super bath went off with out any major problems in our house. However I am unsure as to whether or not it saved me any time by bathing all three together. In conclusion, there are some things are definitely possible to do when you have twins or several kids close in age. Just because you can do something does not necessarily mean that you should. I think this will be the last super bath for us, until all three kids can hold their own in the bath tub.

What time saving ideas have you tried that either totally bombed or didn’t quite work as great as you planned?

 

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About Jamie

Jamie is a creative-techie mom, raising three boys under three (twins!) with her husband in Pennsylvania. Jamie now writes at The Red Robinson, www.theredrobinson.com

Comments

  1. Go you! I definitely remember that phase, and all the times I decided it was’t worth the effort.

    Tell me about the blue things on the side of your tub? I think I get what they would be for, but not sure what you would call them, and I must have one!

  2. Crystal,

    The seats pictured above are bath seats from Safety 1st. They have an arm that goes over the side of the tub, but it’s kind of hard to get them down over the edge. They are perfect for supported sitters and up. Will still fits in it too. The first time I saw something like it was on the show “Tory and Dean” (Oxygen).

    I love it! I posted a similar one up above that is available from amazon.com.

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