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The bathroom serves as a place to get ready in the morning and unwind at night, and it’s no secret that the bathtub is one of the most used parts of this routine. The best way to prep for a bath is to gather all of your bath essentials before hopping in the tub.

We’ll help you figure out what essentials you need as a family so everyone can enjoy a little splash or a relaxing soak every now and then!

Prepping For Your Bath

 Kid peeking through the bath tub

Clean The Bathroom

Taking a bath should be a relaxing experience for both kids and adults. But it’s hard to relax when the bathroom is dirty. That’s why the first item on our list to help you prep for your bathtime is to keep the area clean.

The best way to accomplish this is to clean as you go. This means wiping down counters and sinks when you can and picking up clothes and towels off the floor each day.

This way, when the time comes to hop in the tub, you’re not scrambling around trying to get the bathroom in order!

Stock Up On Bath Essentials

It’s a good idea to keep all of your bath essentials close by so you don’t run out of them when bathtime rolls around. Keep your bathroom stocked with the basics, including:

Set The Tone

Set the tone in your bathroom before hopping in the tub.

For example, what type of lighting do you want? Maybe you like to dim the lights, whereas your baby may not care either way. (But if they’re playing with glow-in-the-dark bath toys, turning out all the lights is a must!)

However you like the lighting, the tone is all about the ambiance of your bathroom, the way the room feels.

Decor can also be a large part of this. To achieve ultimate relaxation, choose calming colors for your own bathroom and something visually appealing for your little one’s.

13 Bath Essentials For The Most Relaxing Soak

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1) Bubble Bath

If you need to unwind at the end of the day, take a bubble bath. If you need to calm your little one down during the day, give them a bubble bath. If you need your child to relax before bedtime, give them a bubble bath.

(We hope you’re noticing a trend here.)

We have just what you’re looking for. Our line of plant-based bubble baths has something for the entire family!

Try our 3 in 1 Eucalyptus Remedy Plant Based Shampoo, Bubble Bath and Wash. Made with eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary oil, it helps soothe and nourish your skin. What’s more, it’s great to use if you or your baby has a cough, cold, or congestion

We also recommend our Moisturizing Bubble Bath & Wash made with oatmilk, organic calendula, and gently scented bubbles to help relieve your baby’s extra sensitive skin.

2) Therapeutic Body Wash

 Sensitive Skin Fragrance Free Hydra Therapy Face & Body Wash

When soaking in the bath, you need something that’s going to work for your skin and not irritate it. The good news is that our bubble baths serve a dual purpose: They give you bubbles and cleanse your skin.

But if you’re looking for a therapeutic body wash, our Sensitive Skin Fragrance Free Hydra Therapy Face & Body Wash is made with plant-based ingredients. Use it on your face and body to help soothe and relieve itchy skin.

And for your little one, we also have a plant-based shampoo, our Moisturizing Baby Shampoo & Wash soothes and nourishes their skin. Made with oatmilk and calendula oil, it’s perfect for your baby’s cradle cap or eczema-prone skin!

3) Loofah

We suggest investing in a quality loofah to use with your body wash. It will help scrub away all the dead skin cells that accumulate throughout the day. Look for one that’s gentle on your skin but will also get the job done!

4) Bath Bomb Or Salts

Bath bombs or salts are a fun addition to any bath! For adults, it’s a great way to help you relax because there are so many scents to choose from.

And for children, it’s a great sensory activity to add at bath time to create a fun experience as you bathe your little one!

5) Bath Tray Caddy

 Kid taking a bath with all the bath essentials

A bath tray caddy can hold all of your bath essentials, like a washcloth, loofah, book, toys, body wash, or your favorite drink to sip on while you’re taking a bath.

Note: If your drink of choice is tea, wine, or beer, make sure to keep a glass of water nearby. Sometimes soaking in the tub for a while can dehydrate your skin and body, so it’s important to stay hydrated by taking sips of water every now and then.

6) Book, Activity Book, Or Toys

Maybe you want to challenge your mind and do some brain exercises with an activity book or get lost in your favorite novel. If so, keep this bath essential on your bath tray caddy for easy access.

For your little one, we suggest keeping bath toys stored in an accessible area in the bathroom. Let them choose a few toys to play with at bath time, and then choose a different toy next time.

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7) Bathtub Pillow

If you would rather lie back and close your eyes, use a pillow or headrest. You’ll be thankful for this little essential once you step into your tub, as it will keep your head and neck comfortable during your bath.

8) Diffuser

A diffuser is a type of aromatherapy and is used to diffuse different essential oils.

Using a diffuser is one way to set the tone for your bath or bathroom. The soothing scents help everyone unwind, so find one that specifically targets your needs.

9) Candles

Candles are another great way to add ambiance to your bathroom!

The right candles create a calming atmosphere with their look and smell. However, these are not very wise to use when your little one is taking a bath for safety reasons.

Flameless candles are an option if you want the look of a candle without the open flame, especially if you’re already using a diffuser to add fragrance to your bathroom.

10) Flowers

Flowers are pretty to look at and great to smell. Add a small vase of flowers to your bathroom as part of your bath essentials to create a relaxing atmosphere.

 Kid having fun in a bubble bath

11) Bluetooth Speaker

Don’t forget your Bluetooth speaker before hopping in the tub! This bath essential is great for both adults and children.

Put on your favorite tunes as you relax, or play some upbeat music for your little one to bounce along with.

12) Soft Bath Mat

When it comes to bath essentials, part of the right bath routine includes having things you need right after you get out of the tub.

Use a soft bath mat to give your feet a comfy cushion. Not only does this feel great, but it’s also a great sensory item for your little one. Plus, if you’re bathing your baby, the bath mat gives you a soft place to sit or kneel.

13) Plush Bath Towel And Cozy Bathrobe

This is where keeping your bathroom stocked comes in handy! When you get out of the bath, you want to be met with a soft, plush bath towel.

After toweling off, wrap up with a cozy bathrobe so you can continue to relax for the rest of the evening. You can even wrap your little one in a cozy robe after their bath for added comfort!

The Right Bath Essentials For Every Bath

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To get every soak just right, you need to make a few preparations, like keeping your bathroom clean, stocking up on bath essentials, and setting the tone.

When setting the tone, try using a diffuser, candle, or flowers. In addition, stay comfy in and out of the bath with a bathtub pillow, soft bath mat, plush towels, and a robe.

To stay entertained during your bath, use your favorite novel, activity books, toys for your little one, and a Bluetooth speaker.

All of these bath essentials will set you and your little one up for a relaxing dip in the tub. Don’t forget to use your favorite bubble bath and body wash from Babo Botanicals so you can make the most of your soak!