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It is difficult for us as parents to understand why our little ones might not always jump at the prospect of a nice warm bath. Many toddlers and young children can resist your calls to get them in the bath after a long day of playing. This post contains some of the best tips and tricks to ensure that bath time is an enjoyable experience, and allow you to spend some one-on-one quality time with your little tot.
1. Invest in some good quality bathroom toys
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Providing engaging and stimulating activities can be one of the best ways to ensure that bath time goes smoothly. If you don’t currently have any accessories for your toddler or child in the bathroom, and aren’t sure where to start, check out this collection of 40 fun kids bath toys. We all know as mothers that kids can get bored of toys very quickly. In order to preempt longevity of your bathroom purchases, try to look for good quality, engaging toys that will be age-appropriate for a number of years. It can also be a great way to integrate numbers and spelling practice into bath time without your little one even realising!
2. Get them singing with you
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If your little one won’t settle in the bath and is making a lot of noise, getting them singing and engaged in children’s rhymes can be a great distraction. One of the best songs for this is the classic Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Sing the song while holding hands with your child and following along with the rocking actions, and ensure to make a big, fun fuss about the splash at the end. This tends to be their favourite part!
Songs like this can be great for smaller kids, as they encourage splashing and playing in a controlled way. They can also introduce a sense of routine to bath times, and provided your child enjoys singing them with you, can be a good bargaining tool to get the dreaded hair washing out of the way.
3. Bubbles, bubbles, and more bubbles
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There’s no denying that bubbles make any bath time more fun, even for us adults! No surprises, kids love them just as much. If you think that your little one would enjoy some bubble fun incorporated into their next bath time, there are a number of gentle bubble baths on the market that are targeted at being child-friendly. Still, if you’d rather keep it simple, most standard baby shampoos can be a great alternative!
Get your tot picking the bubbles up and throwing them around, squishing them in their hands, or even drawing on make-shift moustaches with the bubbles! It will be a guaranteed way to make bath time more exciting and add another layer of fun for both you and them.
These are just a few of the best ways to make bath time fun for both you and your child. The key to always keeping them engaged is to ensure that no two bath-times are the same. Try to mix it up with different songs, different toys on each day of the week, and surprise them with bubbles for a nice treat!