If you’re like many parents, you’ll find that one day your little one doesn’t seem to like the bath tub any more. He or she
You can allay their fears by turning the bath into a fun experience. First, expect to spend more time in the tub than is necessary to get clean. Let them play and explore in the water under your supervision. If they’re having fun and you aren’t in a rush, let them stay in a while longer. Then, use one or several of the following tips to make it all more fun.
2. Food Coloring
Add some food coloring to the water to create a totally new experience. Pour drops in separate corners of the tub for zones of different colors and let your baby splash around and mix them up.
Grab a few cubes and drop them in the tub. Your little one can chase them around and try to catch them before they melt. This is good for their coordination and fine motor skills. Bonus: Add some food coloring to the ice beforehand for a colorful display.
3. Cups and Bowls
Bring an assortment of plastic cups and bowls to scoop and pour water. Pour on their arms and legs so they learn that bath time is fun and shouldn’t fear it.
4. Washable Markers or Bath Crayons
Let your baby have a blast drawing and coloring all over the tub and tile walls. They can even color on themselves. Since it’s all washable, it’ll come right off in the bath, and the tub is easy to clean.
5. Foam Shapes
You can find foam shapes in most toy stores, department stores, or dollar stores. When the foam gets wet, they’ll stick to most surfaces. If they don’t come in varying sizes, cut them into pieces so you can arrange funny pictures on the wall.
6. Spray Bottle
Fill a standard spray bottle with water and let them shoot it all over. If you’re up for it, let them get you a bit wet too! Add some food coloring so they can distinguish their sprays from the bath water.
7. Glow Sticks
Drop a few glow sticks in the tub and switch off the lights. Your whole bathroom will light up in different colors! Once you’ve finished, toss the glow sticks in the freezer to keep them for next time. Bonus: Use submersible LED lights that can be safely dropped in the water to play games with.
Leave a music player right outside the bathroom and encourage your little one to dance and splash around the tub. The excitement and fun will teach them that baths aren’t just a chore.
9. Story Time
If you’re short on time one night, use the bath as an opportunity to get the evening’s story in. Use little splashes to punctuate important moments in the tale.
10. Colored Shaving CreamPick up colored shaving cream or add drops of food coloring to regular shaving cream. Let your baby make a big mess by finger painting himself, the walls, and the tub. It all washes away easily.
Some toys can be a lot more fun in the tub if they float. Bring in your baby’s toys one by one until you find the ones he likes the most in the tub. Plus this is a great time to give them a wash if you haven’t in a while. Bonus: use ZizzyBee Bags, washable, reusable and see-through storage bags to store all your toys so when bath time is over, clean-up is a breeze. You can even teach your child to put all the toys back in the bag as an indicator that bath time is ending.
If you don’t have one already, pick up a nonskid mat for the bottom of the tub. Your child is more likely to have a good time in the water if he doesn’t feel like he’s going to fall over. You’ll make the experience more pleasurable.
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