Bath Time Tips for Little Ones

Does your little one  look forward to bath time or do you struggle with this task?

Here are some tips to help make bath time fun for both child and parent:

Be Prepared

Little ones do not like to wait for their parents to be ready so get ready ahead of time. Gather all of your supplies and run the bath before you bring your little one in for his/her bath.  I know that once my toddler sees the water running, he wants to get in right away.  I must have his towel, shampoo, clothes, diaper and bath toys on hand.  You must never leave a child unattended in the bath even for a second.

Check the Water

You also want to make sure the water is not too hot.  Use your wrist to test the temperature or use a bath thermometer.  Lukewarm water is best for children.  If it feels a bit hot to you, it will feel really hot to your child.  You only need a few inches of water or about waist-deep for toddlers and little ones.  When children are older, more comfortable in the water and able to move around, they like a deeper water bath.

Protect the Eyes

One of the main reasons little ones do not like having baths is because they get soap in their eyes or they do not like the feeling of the water on their face.

You can use an inexpensive bath visor like this one to shield your child’s eyes from soap, shampoo, or water.  Make sure to have a towel or wash cloth on hand to wipe his/her face if needed as well.

Have Some Fun

You do not have to spend a lot of money on expensive bath toys.  Use cups to pour, bubbles or bring in plastic dolls to wash. Sing a song, or play a little game.  My son likes to bring in action figures or dinky cars.  We make them jump off the side of the tub into the water starting with “1, 2, 3….go!”  He likes to play this one over and over again.  Sometimes, his older brother takes a bath with him.  Bathing two children at once can be fun and serves a dual purpose for us parents.  If you have rubber ducks, make sure to squeeze the water out of them once you are done or seal their holes with a hot glue gun to keep mold from gathering.

Towel up right away

Don’t let your little one get cold.  Keep the bath time short and sweet and then towel up right after.  Luke loves his bath but he absolutely hates getting out!  He used to scream and cry.  Now, when I wrap him up in this large Aurorae towel he is warm, cozy and happy.

This beautiful swim towel  is so large I think I could easily wrap up two kids!  It comes in a variety of colours and is super soft and absorbent.

Thanks to Aurorae* for the bath/swim towel. Not only do they sell towels, but they also sell clothing, footwear, yoga mats and accessories and gifts.

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You Are All Fools! April the Giraffe Spoiler

Spoiler Alert!

Have you been watching “April” the Giraffe’s live video on social media?  “Any minute now” she is expected to give birth to her baby and thousands of people are tuned in.  I almost got suckered into watching it, but I get bored quite easily so I kept scrolling.  I have seen it pop up in my feed for what seems like weeks now; definitely several days anyway.  I kept thinking, “She hasn’t had the baby yet?”  Then it dawned on me.  This would be a fantastic April Fool’s prank.  The giraffe’s name is April!  On the 1st of April they can reveal the truth that there will be no giraffe baby and you are all a bunch of fools.  Or, if it is real and I am WAY off, then I am the fool.  Either way, this whole thing is pretty stupid and we are all fools.  I didn’t want to watch my own children being born, so why would I sit and watch a giraffe give birth?  I’m all about the miracle of life, but show me the cute little thing after the fact.  I hate to give you the spoiler here, but if I am correct then I do not want you to waste any more of your time on April the Giraffe.

Planning the Ultimate (Travel-Free) Spring Break for Your Kids

Guest Post By: Maurine Anderson

With spring finally here, many of us are starting to look forward to warmer weather and more fun outdoors. Before you know it, the kids will be out of school for spring break and itching for some fun adventures. Spring break is definitely an ideal time for family travel, but sometimes our budgets simply don’t allow us to travel as much as we’d like. Enter: the staycation. There are a ton of fun things you can do with your kids during spring break, all without leaving your hometown. Here are some fun and creative ideas for adventures you can have with your kids.

Put together a scavenger hunt.

Scavenger hunts are so much fun, and your kids will love running around from place to place in search of the “secret treasure.” Simply plant clues that will lead your kids from place to place—ones that aren’t too hard but that will get them thinking a bit. Then prepare a prize for them to find at the end of the scavenger hunt. Maybe it’s a new movie for the family to watch, a basket of favorite treats, or some fun toys.

This is a great way to re-imagine the Easter Egg hunt, or to re-enact it for kids who just can’t get enough. You can make it themed with treats that suit the season, or pretend like you’re tracing the steps of the Easter bunny. If your school district’s spring break is earlier in the season, you might want to make it leprechaun-themed to get the kids excited about St. Patrick’s Day.

Have a special movie night.

Movie night is an easy go-to activity in many families, but you can make it more special by making the evening revolve around a theme. Play a game beforehand that matches the movie of choice, like Disney trivia before enjoying your family’s favorite Disney hit. If you’re lucky enough to be in an area that’s already enjoying warmer weather, you might even make an extra-special evening out of it with an outdoor movie night. During spring, the evenings come earlier, so you won’t have to stay up late with your kids in order to enjoy the dark. This article has some great tips on how to set up equipment and create the ultimate viewing area for an outdoor movie night.

Camp in the backyard.

Want your kids to feel like they’re on a camping trip without leaving home? Set up the tent and sleeping bags in your backyard and act as if you’re out camping in the woods! If you have a place for a campfire, put together some campfire snacks and s’more supplies as well. Do some traditional camping activities, such as singing campfire songs, playing “I Won’t Laugh,” telling stories, or playing telephone.

Hike some local trails.

If you’re lucky enough to live near some hiking trails (and you probably are), try taking your family to some local hiking trails and exploring the nature around you. To make things extra fun for your kids, hand them a (sturdy) camera to take pictures with, or have them do a scavenger hunt, collecting different types of leaves and rocks as they go. Spring is a really great time to watch for birds, too, since the branches are still bare enough that you’ll get a good view, but it’s warm enough for birds to be busy and active, building nests for summer.

Start a family garden.

Fewer and fewer children today understand exactly where their food comes from. Help your children become active participants in their meals by growing fresh vegetables from the ground up.

Even if you don’t know much about gardening yourself, there are numerous easy-growing plants that will be exciting for both you and your children. Sprout beans and tomato plants indoors if you don’t have a yard to work with. If you’re not interested in vegetables, but you’d like to watch the growing process, plant some giant sunflowers. Their stalks grow so fast that your kids will want to check in on them every day!

Set up a photo booth.

When was the last time you took family pictures? Try setting up a photo booth with your kids, either outdoors or indoors. It’s easy to set up a simple photo booth backdrop frame with PVC pipe, and once you’ve done that the possibilities are endless! Hang up a plain sheet and then take your kids to a local party supply store for extra backdrop decor and fun photo props. Then set up the camera on a tripod, or have a friend stop by and run the camera. Tip: If you’re going to set up your photo booth outside, try to plan on taking your pictures about one hour before the sunsets. That’s when you’ll have the best lighting!