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10 Best Baby Bath Towels Reviewed in 2019

last updated Apr 15, 2019

When bathtime is over, all your baby wants to do is snuggle up and get warm and dry. With such sensitive skin, they’ll need towels that are specially designed not to irritate them. There are plenty of baby towels out there to choose from. We recommend a terry cloth or bamboo option and strongly suggest a hood. Many towels even have cute little animal faces on the hood for your baby to peak out from under. These ten bath towels were too cute for us to resist and we think you’ll love them too!

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Luvable Friends Animal Face Hooded
86.8/100 our score
Comfort
93
Design
87
Materials
82
Brand
85
Luvable Friends Animal Face Hooded
Why is it better?

Generous sizing

Cozy hoods to keep baby’s head warm

Machine washable

Super soft

Cute animal friends design

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86.8
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93%
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87%
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82%
Brand
85%
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$12.35
#2
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85.3
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91%
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85%
Materials
85%
Brand
80%
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$20.99
#3
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83.8
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90%
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85%
Materials
80%
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80%
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$19.88
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83.8
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90%
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85%
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80%
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$16.96
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83.8
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80%
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$18.99
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83.8
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85%
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80%
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$27.95
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$20.99
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82%
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$10.07
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$29.98
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In depth review top 10
  • Luvable Friends Animal Face Hooded
  • Clevamama Splash and Wrap
  • San Francisco Organic Bamboo
  • KeaBabies Hooded Organic Bamboo
  • Lucylla Super Absorbent Lamb
  • Channing & Yates Premium Extra Thick
  • Spasilk 23-Piece Essential Set
  • Hudson Pretty Elephant
  • Medical Grade Natural Antibacterial
  • Land of the Wee Extra Soft
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10 Best Baby Towels Reviewed

1. Luvable Friends Animal Face Hooded

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.8
Luvable Friends Animal Face Hooded
Comfort
93
Design
87
Materials
82
Brand
85
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$12.35

Generous sizing

Cozy hoods to keep baby’s head warm

Machine washable

Super soft

Cute animal friends design

Some users saw damage and wear very quickly

Luvable Friends is on a mission: bring parents affordable, high-quality everyday baby essentials in a variety of styles and options. At 30 x 36 inches, you know your baby will have plenty of cuddly fabric to dry off. The towels are machine washable and feature a hood to keep baby’s sweet little noggin warm. Choose from a snuggly bunny rabbit, a darling duckling, a friendly frog, and a kooky little monkey pal.

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Comfort

Children will love how soft, warm, and silly these Luvable Friends hooded towels are. Toddlers will also enjoy them too, so you don’t have to worry about your infant outgrowing their fuzzy new friend anytime soon.

Design

Baby’s noggin is important and also super sensitive. Keep them warm all over with these 100% terry cloth bath towels with hoods. The soft texture won’t irritate their skin, the fabric is hyper-absorbent, the hoods keep their heads cozy, and the cute animal designs will have both of you grinning from ear to ear!

Materials

These Animal Face towels live up to that exactly with their cute designs, generous sizes, and 100% percent terry cotton material.

Brand

Hooded towels help keep baby happy and toasty while they dry off. These sweet little towels are big enough to swaddle them, gentle on their skin, and leave them looking extra cute.

2. Clevamama Splash and Wrap

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
85.3
Clevamama Splash and Wrap
Comfort
91
Design
85
Materials
85
Brand
80
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$20.99

Versatile

Soft

Splash Guard

Can be used from age 0 to 4

Makes Bath time safer

Pilling occurs after several washes.

This award-winning towel has revolutionized bath time as it is perfect for mommy and baby. The towel ties around your neck allowing you to have two free hands as bath time begins. With two free hands, lifting your baby out of the bath is easier and safer. While you’re focused on bathing your child, the towel is acting as a splash guard and keeping you dry

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Comfort

The Wrap comes in four colors, thus you can easily find one to fit your little one’s personality. Even though this is one single towel, you will get plenty of uses out of it. The towel is an XL so you can wrap it around your baby as they continue to grow.

Design

You’ll surely fall in love with using this towel for bath time and you won’t have to worry about your baby growing out of it. Your newbie can use this towel until they grow into a toddler.

Materials

Acting as a splash guard, the towel will keep you dry as you bathe your baby. Its cotton fabric will keep your baby warm and dry. The Clevamama Splash and Wrap proves to provide an extra level of safety as it allows the parent to have two free hands at all times.

Brand

The Clevamama Splash and Wrap Baby Bath Towel is made of cotton and is large enough to completely cover your baby. In 2016 this towel won both the Maternity and Infant Award and the Loved By Parents Award

3. San Francisco Organic Bamboo

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83.8
San Francisco Organic Bamboo
Comfort
90
Design
85
Materials
80
Brand
80
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$19.88

Machine washable

Fun little animal ears on the hood

Super soft bamboo

500 GSM threads and high quality, durable stitching

Eco-friendly option

Some users found that it left fuzzy particles on other clothes when washed together for the first few cycles

These San Francisco Organic Bamboo Baby Towels are just the thing to tickle baby’s funny bone after their bath. At 35” by 35”, they’re extra roomy and will cover all of the baby, from the top of their head to their teeny little toes. The hood helps to insulate and retain heat around the baby’s head, and the silly animal ears will have you and them giggling together

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Comfort

They’re cuddly, cozy, cute as can be, and made to last.

Design

There’s no need to choose between what’s good for the environment and what’s good for your baby. These bamboo towels are 100% organic and manufactured with environmental impact in mind.

Materials

Ultra-plush, softer than cotton, and made with thick, 500 GSM threads and careful, tight stitching, this towel will last you a good long while, and is not only comfy but eco-friendly! Bamboo, a naturally hypoallergenic material, is gentle on newborns’ skin, and resistant to bacteria gathering or hiding in the folds.

Brand

The hypoallergenic nature of bamboo also makes these a great option for families with sensitivities, allergies, or medical conditions that leave the baby with a weakened immune system.

4. KeaBabies Hooded Organic Bamboo

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83.8
KeaBabies Hooded Organic Bamboo
Comfort
90
Design
85
Materials
80
Brand
80
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$16.96

35 inches x 35 inches

Two cute animal designs to choose from

Warm hood

Absorbent bamboo

Hypoallergenic

Only comes in white (which shows dirt and stains much faster)

KeaBabies wants to make sure that when you invest in one of their products, it will serve you for as long as it’s appropriate. That’s why they constructed this durable bamboo towel with a 35” x 35” spread. Your little one can use it from their infant years all the way until their five or six and still have plenty of room.

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Comfort

These towels seem to hold up in terms of durability and softness, even after a few washes. The hoods are super cute, and it comes packaged well in case you’re looking for a gift. It’s all natural and it’s gender neutral so it’s a perfect pick for everyone.

Design

Bamboo is hypoallergenic and remains untreated by chemicals, making it the perfect choice for soft, sensitive baby skin. Wrap your little lamb or little bear up and carry them from the tub to their room, all while they stay super cozy in your arms.

Materials

The bamboo absorbs twice as much water up to three times faster than cotton towels. They offer a 100% satisfaction lifetime guarantee with the towel and it comes with a cute gift box in case you’re looking for that perfect baby shower pick

Brand

This hooded towel will help keep baby’s head warm and the large spread gives them room enough to wrap up the rest of their body, too! Bamboo is a natural fiber free from harsh chemicals and proven to be a healthy, hypoallergenic choice.

5. Lucylla Super Absorbent Lamb

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83.8
Lucylla Super Absorbent Lamb
Comfort
90
Design
85
Materials
80
Brand
80
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$18.99

Unisex design

Resistant to odors, mold, and mildew

The silky soft material will prevent rashes and other skin irritations from occurring

Super thick and absorbent

Sheep design on the hood may pill after several washes

Your baby will be as snug as a bug in a rug when wrapped in the Organic Bamboo Hooded Towel. This all white towel is designed with a lamb’s face on the hood to add a touch of cuteness after bathtime. The silky soft bamboo material provides a gentle drying off experience for your baby and will not irritate their sensitive skin.

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Comfort

With a 500 gsm, this towel is thicker than most baby towels. It absorbs water faster than cotton and will have your baby warm and dry in no time. The quick drying time will prevent your little one from catching a cold.

Design

As your baby grows they can continue to use this towel into their toddler years as it is 31 inches by 31 inches. With your purchase, you will also receive a small bamboo washcloth and a baby is sleeping door hanger.

Materials

With bamboo being antibacterial and antifungal you won’t have to worry about odors, mold, or mildew collecting on your baby’s towel. Composed of eco-friendly materials, this towel is great for your baby and the environment.

Brand

This towel is also available with a bunny face on the hood. Both unisex designs will have you rushing to grab a camera to snap the cuteness.

6. Channing & Yates Premium Extra Thick

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83.8
Channing & Yates Premium Extra Thick
Comfort
90
Design
85
Materials
80
Brand
80
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$27.95

Hood is attached in the center

100% organic and free of harmful chemicals

Absorbs 60 % more water than other fabrics

Large size and durability will allow your child to use this towel as they age

The stitching on the trim could be made more durable

We just can’t get enough of hooded Bamboo towels. The Channing & Yates Premium Hooded Baby Towels are all white with plaid ears on the hood and matching plaid trim. The plaid is available in beige, blue, or pink. Most designers attach their hood to the corner of the towel.

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Comfort

This towel has the hood attached in the center to allow your child to be fully covered. Now you can use the full length of the towel to easily wrap your child in. Made with bamboo these towels are super soft and durable.

Materials

With 500 grams per square, this towel is 2 times thicker than cotton and absorbs 60 percent more water. The variety of available colors makes this towel great for boys and girls everywhere.

Design

Combine the durability of the bamboo and the extra large size of the fabric and you have a towel that your child can continue to use as they grow. Completely free of chemicals, your child’s skin is safe. No more smelly wet towels crowding your bathroom. With this towel being made from bamboo it is odor resistant and antibacterial.

Brand

We’re not sure why, but it’s a popular design choice to put the hood of the towel at the corner. Channing & Yates foregoes this and instead attaches it to the center, allowing baby to luxuriate in the full coverage of their towel and bundle all the way up.

7. Spasilk 23-Piece Essential Set

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83.8
Spasilk 23-Piece Essential Set
Comfort
90
Design
85
Materials
80
Brand
80
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$20.99

Includes 23 pieces

Machine Wash Safe

Super Soft

Towels are designed with an attached hood

Towels feel a little thin

The Spasilk 23-piece essential baby bath set will allow you to spend less time hunting for baby towels or doing laundry and spend more time with your little cutie. There are twenty washcloths and three hooded towels included in this set. The washcloths are 9” by 9” and the hooded towels are 30” by 26”.

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Comfort

The towels are designed with an attached hood to keep your baby’s head warm after their bath.

Design

The set arrives in a carrying case that will allow you to keep all of the pieces organized until use.
All of the pieces can easily be thrown in the washing machine when they need to be cleaned. When purchasing you can choose between seven different colors. Each set comes with a unique animal design and pattern.

Materials

Composed of 80 percent cotton and 20 percent polyester these towels are soft and will survive the wash without pilling.

Brand

While this set is priced a little over twenty dollars, with twenty-three high-quality pieces you are getting a great deal.

8. Hudson Pretty Elephant

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83.3
Hudson Pretty Elephant
Comfort
91
Design
80
Materials
80
Brand
82
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$10.07

Terry cotton is highly absorbent

Arrives nicely folded and wrapped

Available in 28 adorable 3D animal designs

The extra large size allows your child to use it as they grow

Stitching could be made more durable

Prepare for your heart to melt as soon as you see your baby wrapped in the Hudson Baby Animal Face hooded towel. Whether your child is wrapped in a walrus, unicorn, or one of the other 28 available 3D animal designs, they will be warm and adorableToss them in the washer when it’s time for them to be cleaned.

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Comfort

At 33 by 33 inches, these towels are good and roomy, giving your little one plenty of soft, dry fabric to snuggle into. The hood is not just fashion-forward (and funny!) but functional too as it serves to keep baby’s head warm. It’s important to keep children warm and dry to maintain their health so invest in a good baby towel that will be soft and snuggly.

Design

With the price being so affordable you can purchase a couple of towels and allow your child to choose which animal they want to be after bathtime.

Materials

Made from 100% woven terry cotton, these towels are super absorbent and soft. The high absorbency of the fabric will provide a warm and cozy environment for your child to lay in while drying off.

Brand

Before these towels are shipped they are folded neatly and wrapped with a bow, thus making these great gifts for your mom to be friends. With the towels measuring in at 33 by 33 inches, your little one will be able to enjoy it as they grow.

9. Medical Grade Natural Antibacterial

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
82
Medical Grade Natural Antibacterial
Comfort
85
Design
80
Materials
81
Brand
82
best offer for today
$29.98

The soft material won’t irritate your baby’s sensitive skin

Hypoallergenic

Breathability of the material prevents odors and mildew

Gender Neutral

Honeycomb embossing provides quicker drying times

Many feel this towel set is expensive.

The Love My Baby Bath Towel set comes with three medical grade baby towels. They are 100% cotton which makes them super soft and absorbent. The breathable material will keep odors and mildew from collecting inside the towels.

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Comfort

The honeycomb embossing speeds up the absorption rate which allows your baby to dry quickly. The towel is large and soft enough to double as a baby blanket. In fact, you can even use it as a nursing cover, burp cloth, or a stroller cover.

Materials

The durability of the cotton allows them to survive countless washes. The all-white color of these towels makes them great for both baby boys and girls.

Design

With the towels being hypoallergenic, they are great for babies with allergies. These towels can easily be washed in the washing machine and thrown in the dryer after.

Brand

When it promises quick-dry, this towel means it. It’s specifically designed to speed up moisture absorption. On top of that, the towel is soft, large, and hypoallergenic. What more could you ask for?

10. Land of the Wee Extra Soft

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
81.3
Land of the Wee Extra Soft
Comfort
85
Design
80
Materials
80
Brand
80
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$26.98

Includes a washcloth

Bamboo is organic, soft, and odor resistant

Drying loops allow the towel to hang dry

Double stitched trim provides durability

Washcloth dries slowly

If your baby has super sensitive skin the Land Wee baby towel is perfect for them. Composed of bamboo these towels are hypoallergenic and provide a luxuriously soft feel to your child’s skin as you dry them off. Bamboo has the ability to thrive in nature without needing pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides.

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Comfort

Bamboo has a lot of properties that make it one of the best choices in material for baby towels. Not only is it soft but it’s also absorbent. It’s hypoallergenic and bacterial resistant as well, meaning no odors and less chance of baby getting sick as a byproduct of nasty bacteria hiding out in their favorite towel.

Design

Bamboo is antibacterial, which makes this set odor resistant. No more picking up wet towels off of the floor. Both the towel and washcloth are equipped with drying loops to make storing the towel stress-free. The material is 40% more absorbent than other fabrics, thus allowing your little one to dry quickly. Reinforced with a double stitched trim, the attached hood is designed to survive plenty of bathtimes.

Materials

There will be no harmful chemicals coming into contact with your child as this towel is composed of organic materials.

Brand

When purchasing you can choose between four different adorable designs and towels. Each set includes a 9-inch by 9-inch washcloth that is designed with a hand pocket to make washing even easier.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Comfort

Bath time is about so much more than just cleaning your little one. It’s a great time to bond and play with your child while also stimulating their development. For newborns, the warm water provides a sense of security

Materials

A crying uncomfortable baby after bath time is never a good thing. Cotton, muslin, and bamboo are the three main types of fabrics we recommend as they are all very soft. However, chenille is also a good choice as it soft and grows softer with every wash. It is important to gently stroke or pat the water from your child’s skin because rough drying motions will irritate their skin.

Design

Playing in the bath will stimulate your child’s senses and development in many ways. Their fine-motor skills will increase as they splash around and reach for bobbing bath toys. Their senses will be stimulated as they use all five in the tub. They will feel the warm water and the different textures of the bath toys. Some toys make noises, allowing them to stimulate their hearing. Most bath toys are brightly colored and will appeal to their sight. Babies love to put things in their mouth, thus their sense of taste will get plenty of stimulation as they taste the water and bath toys. The smell of warm water and a whiff of baby shampoo will dance through their nostrils as they are bathed.

Brand

The absorbency level of the toddler towel is very important because your baby will need to be warm after bath time. Babies get cold easily as they have a harder time maintaining their body temperature.

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Parents should know

Keeping them warm after a bath will prevent them from getting sick. Thick fabrics will soak up the water quickly and provide warmth for your baby. The quicker the water is absorbed, the quicker you can get a diaper back on your baby thus preventing accidents from happening. Bamboo and cotton are both highly absorbent and provide extra warmth.

Parents should know

As your newbie relaxes and floats in the water, you will have your hand resting gently under their neck for support. This is the perfect opportunity for you to soothe your baby by calmly singing or talking to them. As your baby continues to grow, bath time doubles as play time.

Other Factors to Consider

Texture

A baby’s skin is highly sensitive. In fact, way more sensitive than that of an adult. While it is possible, we recommend that you get your baby a towel of their own instead of using one of yours to dry them off. A towel that you have been using for weeks, months, maybe even years has more than likely lost it’s plush. If you take that towel and try to dry your baby, it will irritate their skin.

Durability

Durability was a priority for us because we know raising a child can be expensive. As a couple of these towels can be considered pricey we wanted to make sure they would last, especially if they were made big enough for your baby to use as they grow into a toddler. Polyester is one of the strongest fabrics. Therefore towels that are made up of a cotton-poly blend are guaranteed to survive multiple washes. Bamboo is able to resist bacteria and odors! This will allow it to outlast towels composed of other materials. Muslin is another fabric known for its durability. It’s natural lightweight fibers have been proven to withstand several washes without pilling. Once your child falls in love with the softness of their towel they will want to keep it forever. Forever might be impossible, but the durability of the towels on our list will ensure that your child will get plenty of uses out of their favorite towel.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: Why can’t I use an adult towel for my baby?
a:

The skin of an infant is far more sensitive than that of an adult. The fabric of an adult towel is too rough. Also, adult towels are way too big for a baby.

q: What should I look for when picking out a towel for my baby?
a:

Choose a fabric that won’t be rough on your baby’s skin. Cotton, muslin, and bamboo are all good choices.

q: Do all of my baby towels need a hood?
a:

While the hood would keep your baby’s head warm, it is not a necessity. Once your baby is lifted from the water, their bodies start to chill. We love hoods because it’ll warm them back up.

q: How many towels do I need?
a:

Babies don’t need to be bathed every day. In fact, two to three times per week is fine for a baby. It all depends on how often your willing to do laundry. You can reuse the baby washcloth for several baths, thus we recommend having at least four baby towels in your closet.

q: Can both of my children use the same towel?
a:

We strongly recommend that you do not let your kids share towels. Wet towels are capable of harvesting germs, which will raise the chances of all your kiddos getting sick. We suggest getting each child a different colored towel to prevent them from using each other.

q: Should I give my baby a sponge bath or tub bath?
a:

You should only give your baby a sponge bath for up to four weeks after they are born. This time period allows the circumcision and navel, from the umbilical cord being cut off, to heal completely. Although, if your baby has trouble with tub baths, in the beginning, you can go back to sponge baths for a couple of weeks and then try the tub again.

Sources

  1. Organic Lifestyle Staff, Benefits of Bamboo Towels, information page
  2. fabric.com , Fabrics We Love: Chenille, Blog
  3. Baby Club Staff, Bathtime and your baby’s development, Online Article
  4. What To Expect Admin, After a Bath — How to Tend to Your Tot Post-Tub, Online Article
  5. Rachel Harris , Can I use a normal towel for my baby?, Blog Post