Make Bath Time Fun for Kids

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Bath time provides a perfect opportunity to bond with your kids. It's a lot of fun, and can even be educational, but some kids don't like bath time and fight it. They may associate the bath with unpleasant experiences like getting soap in their eyes, enduring cold water or slipping on a wet floor.

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Making Bath Time Fun

Luckily there are plenty of tricks parents can do to make bath time fun for their Kids. Below are just a few ideas:

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    Combine bath time with playtime
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    Taking a bath doesn't have to be a chore. Add toys and playfulness to make bath time fun for your kids.
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    1. Get a toy boat and watch how it floats in the water.
    2. Throw in some rose petals.  
      1. Experiment with how different things float.
    3. You can even tint the water blue with a safe dye and pretend to be mermaids.
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    Bring in the water toys
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    1. Rubber duckies are always great.
    2. Try mini water guns for some messy, silly fun.
    3. Waterproof books are perfect for a calmer bath experience.
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    Provide good company
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    If your child is just not into all the toys, they might prefer your company instead. Sing, tell a story, or talk about your day with your child. They may learn to look forward to alone time with you during bath time.
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    Learning through imitation
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    Give your child a waterproof doll and have them give the doll a bath. Let your child imitate on the doll what you do with them
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    Sit and splash
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    To make your kids gradually more comfortable in the bathtub, put in just enough water to cover their feet so they can splash around. Alternatively, you can give them a big bowl and let them fill it up and play around in it. If your child is occupied and having fun, you'll have an easier job washing them.
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    Give friendly warnings
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    Give your child a warning before you pour water over their heads. Teach them how to keep water out of their face by tilting their head back or using a washcloth to cover their eyes.
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    Make baths a safe zone
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    Your kid will also enjoy taking a bath if they know that they are safe. Line the tub with a non-stick mat that they can stand on. This way you can shower them with a sprayer while they hold onto the wall. This is recommended if your toddler is resistant to sitting in the tub. Don't have any glass candle holders or vases anywhere near the tub. One wayward elbow will shatter it, making an accident nearly unavoidable.
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    Wash top to bottom
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    Giving your toddler a bath is no different from washing a baby. You need to work your way from the top to bottom. With a washcloth, start with the face, giving extra care to the sensitive parts. Focus on the folds or crevices such as the neck and armpits. These are often grimy. Thoroughly soap their hands and feet because these are the most exposed. Wash their bottoms last for obvious reasons.
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    Leave the shampoo for last
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    1. Don't start the bath on the wrong foot. This is usually your toddler's least favourite part of the bath.
    2. Shampoo is often the cause for irritation for toddlers since it's likely to get in their eyes.
    3. Stand your child up once the shampoo is sudsy, so tit can flow down the drain while you rinse with water.
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    Keep it short
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    Bath time should be limited to just 10-15 minutes. Longer baths can result in dry skin. After the bath, you can apply moisturizer if needed.
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    Soap and shampoo need not be done daily
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    You don't need to give your child a full bath every single day. Try rinsing them off with pure water or just a little bit of soap every other day or so. You may find that your child enjoys the rinsing, unlike the shampooing. Doing these kinds of baths will teach your child to enjoy it, rather than dread it.
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Hopefully these tips will help you turn bath time into an enjoyable experience for you and your child!

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Recent edits by: Yuliya, Eng, Julia Moliere

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