Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A turd in the tub

Lovely title, isn't it? My husband, who doesn't like to talk about body functions, would be appalled! But, the truth is, if you've ever bathed a baby, you've dealt with this issue. So when it happens, what do you do?

First of all, relax. As long as it came out of your baby (and isn't some errant doggy defecation or something), just scoop it out, toss it in the toilet, rinse out the tub and start all over again. Keep in mind, your baby's skin is well acquainted with his poop.

When it comes to peeing in the tub, there's nothing to worry about here either, unless your little one has a UTI. Urine is sterile and contains urea, which is a known antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral agent. As a matter of fact, many commercial ointments and lotions contain urea (check the ingredient list) and there are proponents of urine therapy out there that not only recommend applying urine to the skin, but advise drinking it as well. I know....ewww. The healing benefits are out there, folks. Some even try to bring the wisdom of Solomon into the picture, by quoting (or misquoting, perhaps) Proverbs 5:15 -- "Drink water from thine own cistern and the streams of thine own well." But we're not going there.

All I'm saying is that when you plop your little one into the tub and something else "muddies" the water, don't panic. It really is okay. As a matter of fact, your baby or toddler is safer in a tub of water with his or her own urine or feces than when wearing a chemically-laden super-absorbent disposable diaper! Just saying....

So grab some organic and safe baby wash, such as Earth Mama Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash and fill the tub with some warm water. I know you don't need this reminder, but I'll post it anyway -- Never, never, never leave your little one, even for a minute, alone in the tub.

Keeping it real,



  1. Green Grandma, you are a genius! This is a great topic and so many of us moms (and grand moms) can relate. Yes, a man would still be squirming while we had already extracted and flushed the Baby Ruth. My favorite is when you are giving two (or three) kids a bath and one lets loose. The shrieking and screaming is almost worse than the floating biohazard. I have to confess that I'm the Blogs Mama for Earth Mama Angel Baby. If you want, send me an email to and I'll re-fill your Angel Baby Shampoo & Baby Wash. Then, I'm going to tell a couple people to come read this post. :-)

  2. Awesome! Thank you so much...for the refill and the referrals!!

  3. Ditto- followed the link from Facebook. Look forward to using EMAB products with my baby due in August :)

  4. Haha! So true...but I've never heard about urine being anti-bacterial - weird! I absolutely LOVE EMAB products!

  5. By the way - you could win a $25 GC to EMAB on my blog -


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