Whether your tot puts up a fight when they hear the bath water running, or you’re the one who cringes at the thought of bath time, these tips will make the experience more enjoyable for both of you.
1. Play with Toys. If your little guy or gal is fussy in the tub, distraction is key. Load up the bathtub with their favourite toys to keep them occupied while you give them a scrub down. For older kids, try washable bath crayons and paints.
2. Use Your Imagination. Maybe your toddler has out-played all of their favourite tub toys, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have any fun when it’s time to get clean. Come up with fun, imaginative games that your children can play, like pretending the bathtub is a pirate ship, a rocket or an ocean.
3. Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles. If your child is frightened of the water or just against the idea of baths in general, show them how much fun they can have with bubbles. Create them with different sized bubble wands or a bubble-maker, teach them how to blow them on their own, and make silly sudsy bubble beards. This should ease their bath time anxieties and show them baths are good, clean fun.
4. Check for any hazards. There are plenty of hazards lurking in our bathrooms. Tubs are slippery, and toddlers’ movements are unpredictable. Invest in a bath mat or textured bath stickers that provide grip and prevent your tot from sliding around. Remove all sharp objects, lock up medicine and cleaning products and make sure appliances (like hair dryers and straighteners) are out of reach. Adjust water temperature so that it’s comfortable for your child’s sensitive skin. A fun faucet cover will prevent bumps, and a rubber-backed floor mat will keep you on firm footing, too.
5. Sing. We know you do it in the shower, so why not get your song on during bath time? It may sound silly, but according to Moms Health Zone, singing helps to release tension. If you have an anxious baby or toddler, the sound of your voice may calm them down and they may even join in. Our favourite bath time tunes are Sesame Street’s “Rubber Duckie” or Bobby Darin’s “Splish Splash I Was Takin’ a Bath.”