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Magalog Flashback: Rub-a-dub-dub!

What do you get when you combine a catalog with a magazine? Our magalog, Surprises, is your guide to the best of our baby gear selection and the top toys of the season. But there’s more: each issue of Surprises is loaded with informative articles about babies and kids, and common-sense advice that you can use.

Just in case you missed them, we’re reposting our magalog backlog here on the Spilling the Beans blog. And we’ve got a great new issue on the way, launching in November 2012. Go here and sign up to make sure you get yours!

Rub-a-dub-dub: Some Tips for the Tub
By Dana Morgenstein

The smell of a clean new baby is intoxicating, especially to moms. Actress Jane Krakowski told reporters, “It makes me so happy. If someone could bottle that, I’d love to have it.” We’re working on it, but until then, keeping your baby smelling nice requires regular bathing, so that delicious baby smell isn’t hidden under the odors of spit-up and diapers.

For the first few weeks, you’ll want to stick to sponge baths, and you don’t need to bathe baby every day: the parts of his body that get dirty frequently (face, neck, and diaper area) are already getting plenty of attention, and daily spot-cleaning will suffice for the rest.

Once the umbilical cord (and circumcision) are healed, baths provide playtime and bonding along with scrubbing and bubbles. The Boon Naked Tub provides proper support for newborns, and expands to hold toddlers. When you’re done, you can collapse it and hang it up. Brilliant!

Water is fascinating for babies, and bath toys harness the novel properties of water to help keep babies cooperative and happy in the tub. Adding water elevates some classic toys to a whole new level of fun: for instance, the Skip Hop Fishbowl Bath Sorter adds colorful bath squirters to a shape-sorting toy, and doubles as storage. Gentle soaps are a must for baby baths, and your baby won’t need his hair shampooed more than once a week. When you’re done bathing him, a good moisturizer will help to keep dry skin under control.

Don’t forget: babies get cold easily, so bathe your baby in a warm room, and be ready to wrap him up in a towel right after he comes out. The Hooded Towels from 3 Sprouts have adorable animal faces, and their plushy fabrics are gentle on baby skin.

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