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Bath time should be a fun time for both you and your child. However, more often than not it can end up being a big bubbly, stressful mess. It seems to be a 'love it' or 'loathe it' time for little ones. Some babies and toddlers are thrilled to be in the water, splashing around and having a ball while others dread it and can't wait to be pulled out of the water and scooped up into a towel.
Here are a few tips to liven up your child's bath time and make it a splashing success!
filling and emptying containers
It's amazing how much fun your little one can have by emptying and filling up containers. Have a root through your kitchen cupboards and dig out any Tupperware and plastic containers you have lying around.
take a toy or two
My daughter hated having her hair washed in the bath. However, a friend suggested introducing her favourite (waterproof) doll to bath time. The doll gets a 'trip to the hairdressers' to get shampooed, and my daughter now loves having her hair washed just like her doll.
hide and seek
Encourage your child to guess which toys will float and which toys will sink in the bathtub or hide toys in the bubbles for them to find.
bath time books
Waterproof books are brilliant for keeping your child entertained while combining bath time and storytelling.
Depending on how much you treasure that pristine white bathroom suite, how about introducing paints and crayons to bath time for your little one to draw on the bath tub? There are plenty of washable paints and bath crayons available in the shops.
have a sing song
Nursery rhymes and songs are always a great distraction so warm up that voice and get singing! Your baby will love your rendition of “Five Little Ducks”!
let it glow!
I recently bought some submersible lights to pop in the bath. They are relatively cheap to buy and make bath time so much fun for little ones. Switch off the lights and create a magical multi-sensory bath time!
colour me happy
Make some coloured ice cubes using a drop of food colouring and drop them in the bath for your child to find before they melt!
Blowing bubbles is always a big hit with children so keep a bottle of bubbles at the ready next time you are tackling bath time.
hair-raising hair washing
Hair washing can be a real battle sometimes. Make it fun by creating fun hairstyles out of the bubbles and letting your little one see their reflection in a small plastic mirror. If hair washing has become a real issue, invest in a bath time visor which stops the soap going in their eyes.
Ball games that involve throwing and catching skills are great for bath time. Try setting up a basketball net at the end of the bath. Your little one will love the splashing it makes!
change it up
Swap toys around regularly so your little one doesn’t get bored of the same games and toys appearing each time.
involve older siblings
Encourage older brothers and sisters to share their bath time. They will do a great job of distracting their younger siblings. It’s a great time saver too!
Make sure your bathroom is a comfortable temperature, so your little one doesn’t get too cold in the transition from the bath to their towel. If your little one is too tired for their bath and is getting cranky each evening, try bringing it forward by ten minutes and then having some cosy chill out time reading after their bath.
IMPORTANT NOTICE – make sure you never leave your child alone in the bathtub.
Hopefully, the above tips will help banish the boredom in the bathtub and make bath time an enjoyable time for you and your little one. Happy splashing!
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