In the NICU, they "taught" us how to give him a sponge bath. They laid him onto a heated bed, under heat lamps, and we bathed him one limb at a time. He LOVED it. Although I would too if I was on a heated bed under heat lamps.
At home, for his first bath, we laid him next to a space heater and bathed one limb at a time, just like we were taught.
He loved it.
The following week, we thought, "Heck, let's try the little tub!"
He hated it.
Back to sponge baths.
Love the fluffly hair he gets after a bath!
Next bath, we stuck with the sponge-bath routine.
What? He hated it!!
But his hair still fluffed up afterward, which was cute.
Finally, after another sponge bath spent screaming, Marcus tried to talk some reason into the kid.
He had a heart-to-heart with him about why baths are nice, warm, cleansing, and there is no reason to scream.
Then, lo and behold, we've had a really rough week.
Lots of fussing and crying, especially at night.
So, I thought, maybe a good cry will wear this guy out and help him sleep!
Or maybe a warm bath will soothe him and help him sleep.
I brought out the old whale tub. (Scroll back up to see what happened last time we attempted the whale tub).
I decided to put in one of his towels and get it all wet with nice warm water.
I wrapped him in it and then proceeded to give him a sponge bath, exposing one limb at a time while the rest of him was wrapped in a warm wet towel.
He LOVED it!
And we were all asleep by 10:45 for the first time in weeks. :)
Oh, and please note how extremely chunky this little guy is getting!!