Registering for our Baby with Down Syndrome – Part III: BATH TIME

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I LOVED preparing for our baby girl. I loved cleaning and organizing her nursery. I loved seeing it all come together. I would sit in her rocker, hands on my baby bump, and picture holding my beautiful girl instead.

I didn’t, however, love putting together our baby registry, which was surprising to me. I wish I would have had someone holding my hand, telling me exactly what Kara was going to like and what I should not waste time or money on.

Sadly, this was never going to happen so I dove head first into over-researching what we needed to start life with a tiny human. I ended up picking two places to register at (Target & Buy Buy Baby).

TARGET. Because I’m obsessed with Target (who isn’t?). Plus, they have never-ending deals, an amazing return policy, an awesome welcome kit and a 15% registry completion discount. Target allows you to add from outside sources as well which is an option I LOVED and took full advantage of. (This is where Amazon comes in).

BUY BUY BABY. This gave my friends & family a little bit of variety on location and product. Buy Buy Baby also takes Bed Bath & Beyond coupons which was an awesome perk and they also offer a nice registry completion discount.

Next, I used the pre-made registry lists they provide. It helped a TON!

Lastly, all that’s left to do is be thankful that you have amazing friends and family willing to help get you started and keep receipts taped to the items because you never ever know what you’ll end up using.

We were so very spoiled with baby showers last summer and now Kara has some really great stuff that have become major must-haves for our little family. After many inquiries, I’ve decided to share our most favorite items, divided into categories. (You will find the full list at the end of this post.) Stay tuned in the coming weeks and I’ll share much more about each item’s details, a few quick thoughts, and how we use it in relation to Kara’s Down syndrome.

This week I’ll go through our favorite items for

[BATH TIME] 

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Keep in mind, these are my absolute favorite items special needs or not, and the ones that I’ve found most useful (so far) for raising our Baby Lemonade.


::::: Fisher Price 4-in-1 Tub from Target [$23.99] :::::

FullSizeRender 2For whatever reason, registering for a bath tub is something that sticks out in my memory. I must have been having a day where my anxiety was shooting out of the top of my head. It seemed like every tub I viewed was only recommended up to 6 months old. What if she isn’t sitting on her own by then? Well here we are, almost 9 months and she is just now starting to sit unassisted, so my worry wasn’t without reason BUT choosing a bathtub shouldn’t have been that stressful.

Regardless, we went for this tub because of the four stages it supports:

  1. Newborn Sling
  2. Infant Insert
  3. Sit-Me-Up Support
  4. Toddler Tub

I figured that wherever she was in her development, she would have a place in this tub. Right now, we’re somewhere between stages 2 & 3 and I love that I can switch back and forth. Bath time is one of her favorite times of the week! I have gotten accustomed to our bathing routine and can now handle filling, bathing and draining (& a slippery baby) without losing my mind. It comes with a squeeze bottle and whale toy for rinsing/playing (which we love), a plug that makes draining simple, and a hook for storage.

**Buying tip**  If you have a Target RedCard, you know that you can get this 5% off + free shipping (sign up here).

::::: Baby Mantra Shampoo/Lotion/Massage Oil from Amazon [$34.33] :::::

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People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for lots of things and sensitive skin is one of them. For this reason, I started out using Babyganics products on Kara. Babyganics is great for lots of people, but after every bath, I’d notice a mild rash on Kara’s forehead. I decided to do some research and found the Baby Mantra line of baby soaps that are allergy tested, EWG verified, and uses natural ingredients.

I love this gift set because I feel like I have all bases covered. I use the shampoo + body wash in the bath tub, the calming lotion on her body once we move to her nursery, and the massage oil on her scalp and cheeks just before bed time. She smells so {clean} and {wonderful} when I lay her down & I know that her skin is well protected.

This is a major Mom Win in my book.

**Buying Tip** If you’re signed up for Amazon Prime, you can get this with free 2-day shipping (Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial). 

::::: Oball O-Float Bath Toy from Amazon [$5.99] :::::

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Oball might be the best line of toys ever. Google Oball anything and I bet they have it. Bath toys, teethers, rattles, toys that suction, toys that roll, you name it. The bright colors and signature, easy-to-grip “O” shapes make these toys FANTASTIC for a developing baby.

Kara has a couple different Oball toys, but we use the bath toy the most. It floats and spins in the water & she always responds to it. If it floats near her hands, she will reach for it and lift to her mouth (then she’ll usually toss it behind her head, but that’s besides the point). If it floats near her feet, she’ll kick it until the bath giver is soaked to the bone. That’s okay though, I am on board with anything that motivates my little one to move & think!

**Buying tip** I originally bought this toy from Target, but it isn’t pulling up anymore and its cheaper from Amazon anyway. With Amazon Prime, you can get this with free 2-day shipping (Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial). 

::::: Boogie Mist Sterile Saline Nasal Spray from Amazon [$5.99] :::::

I mentioned this product last week under the New Parent Survival Kit. That’s because its a must-have for stuffy noses. Its incredible how bodily fluids take over your life when you become a parent.

I don’t know if we just have a baby that is more susceptible to congestion or if it has to do with her shorter nasal passages, but I stopped trying to figure out once we found a solution. This mist is MAGIC. I thought she’d hate getting something sprayed up her nose, but she really doesn’t mind it at all (sucking it out is another story).

If there’s something way up there that we can’t reach, we shoot this up her nose, wait a few minutes and suck it out with a nasal aspirator.

It works Every. Single. Time.

This is something that isn’t going to dry out her nose and is okay if she swallows. Plus, one can seems to last forever. I use it almost every night on Kara and we’re still on our first purchase, which was months ago.

*With Amazon Prime, you can get this with free 2-day shipping (Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial), it is also available for Subscribe&Save where you can save anywhere from 5-15%.

Bottom line is that a baby with Down syndrome is a baby first. Though there are some things to keep in mind and some things that they might get some extended use out of, you might be surprised to find that there isn’t much extra needed to accommodate that extra chromosome.

Below is my full list. I will include details in the coming weeks


PLAY TIME 

Boppy Newborn Lounger

Best Ever Lamb Baby Mat

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes

Manhattan Winkel Rattle & Sensory Toy

Ark’s Baby Grabber Chewie

Plastic Rainbow Slinky

NAP & CHANGING TIME 

SoundSpa Sound Machine

Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Graco DuetConnect LX Swing and Bouncer

Little Remedies New Parents Survival Kit

Dexbaby Spin Changing Station

BATH TIME 

Fisher Price 4-in-1 Tub

Baby Mantra Shampoo/Lotion/Massage Oil

Oball O-Float Bath Toy

Boogie Mist Sterile Saline Nasal Spray

LUNCH TIME 

Boon Swap Baby Utensils

TalkTools Honey Bear

Munchkin Weighted Straw Cup

Ingenuity Trio High Chair

MOM TIME

Ninja Master Prep Professional

Rumina’s Relaxed Pump & Nurse Bra

Up&Up Breast Milk Storage Bags

Seamless Racerback Sports Bra

Starbucks Gift Card

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