Few children complain about bath
time when allowed to splash around. However, there are times when
you'll have to rush Junior through the scrub down, but allow for variety
occasionally with these fun ideas.
Bath Buddies (newborn+)
Donít forget that you are your childís best friend for the first few years. You can have fun playing in the tub with him/her. This is a great way to ease a toddlerís fear of the water or to wash your infant!
For babies who startle easily, wrap your undressed infant in a baby towel. Get in the tub, have someone hand you the baby. Immerse your baby (leaving his head out, of course!). As your baby adjusts to the water, slowly unwrap him. Most babies love this. Itís thought to remind them of the womb and with you at his side, it must be a very familiar feeling. You can lay your baby on your chest to wash him, keeping a warm cloth across his body.
For toddlers who hate getting their hair washed, have your child lean back on your reclined chest. This way, you can pour a cup of water over her head without water dripping in her face. This also builds a sense of trust which will build into an even more joyful relationship (and fun in the water!).
never too early to introduce your child to music. Bath time is a
wonderful opportunity to use music to create a calming environment or to
sing and bond with your child. Here are some fun songs to include
in your repertoire.
Aside from the
numerous bath toys you can buy, your house, particularly your kitchen,
is filled with items baby would love during bath time! Try plastic
cups, bowls, plates, flatware, measuring cups (these double as
nesting/stacking cups!), measuring spoons, colanders, cooking utensils
such as wooden spoons, whisks and any other safe object you think your
child would enjoy!
Once your child can sit up in the bath and is becoming more observant of his/her surroundings, he/she will enjoy this activity. Add a couple drops of food coloring to your child's bath water. Be sure not to drop it too close to the child if already in the water, so as not to stain the skin. Unless you go "overboard", the water should be diluted enough not to stain your clothes, the washrag, or any toys. Remember to cap the food coloring and keep it out of the child's reach, though!
Children love bubbles so instead of just making bubbles in the tub with bubble bath, offer your child a bubble wand and a small container of bubble solution if he or she is old enough to blow bubbles. Otherwise, blow bubbles all around him or her for a snowy effect. You can also purchase "bubble guns" that are battery powered bubble makers. Do not get these near the tub, however, batteries and water don't mix!
No need for expensive bath toys if you have a working freezer. I came up with this when my 10-month-old seemed bored of her toys one night but enthralled with my ice water! Toss a
ice cubes (or one at a time) into the tub with your little one and watch him/her try to pick them up. (As with any other small item -- even food -- keep both eyes on your child so he/she doesn't eat/choke on the ice.)
Foam Bath (18 months +)
Use unscented shaving cream as a great finger paint for the tub. It's super easy to clean up afterwards! You can even color it with a drop of food coloring or washable paint. Provide popsicle sticks as razors so your child can pretend to shave. For less than a dollar for a full-size can (compared to several dollars for a tube of finger paint), you have many finger paint baths in your future!
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