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:
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.
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