Make Bath Time Fun for Kids
Edited by Melvin Magadia, Lynn, Julia Moliere, Eng and 1 other
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, slipping on a wet floor.
Luckily there are plenty of tricks parents can do to make bath time fun for their Kids. Below are just a few ideas:
Making bath time fun
- 1Mix bath time with play time.Taking a bath doesn't have to be a chore: add toys and playfulness to make bath time fun for your kids. Get a toy boat and watch how it floats in the water. Throw in some rose petals and experiment with how different things float. You can even paint the water blue with a safe dye and pretend to be mermaids.Advertisement
- 2Bring in the water toys.Rubber duckies are great, but try mini water guns for some messy, silly fun or waterproof books for a calmer bath experience.Advertisement
- 3Provide good company.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.
- 5Sit and splash.To make your kids gradually more comfortable, 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 may have an easier job of washing them.
- 6Give friendly warnings.Give your child a warning before you pour water over their heads. Teach them how to keep water out of the face by tilting their head back or using a washcloth to cover eyes.
- 7Make baths a safe zone.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.
- 8Wash top to bottom.Giving your toddler a bath is no different from washing a baby. You need to work your way from 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.
- 9Leave the shampoo for last.Shampoo is often the cause for irritation for toddlers since it's likely to get in their eyes. Leave the shampoo for last so the bath time doesn't start off on a negative note. Stand your child up once the shampoo are already sudsy so that it can flow down the drain while you rinse with water.
- 10Keep it short.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.
- 11Soap and shampoo need not be done daily.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 rinses more, which can grow into an enjoyment of actual baths.Advertisement
Hopefully these tips will help you turn bath time into an enjoyable experience for both you and your child!
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
Categories : Parenting
Recent edits by: Eng, Julia Moliere, Lynn