Bath time for the baby or toddler does not have to be a hassle. There are actually ways to invoke baby’s interest in bath time, and make it a fun activity that the baby or toddler will actually get excited about doing
How to Get Baby to Love Bath Time
How to Get Baby to Love Bath Time: 1. Be Consistent
Bath time should occur at the same time, either every day or every other day, or however often bath day is. Try to give baby a bath within an hour of the same time each night. Night time baths are conducive to winding baby down for bed time, too. A bath two hours before bedtime will help baby relax and settle down.
Babies and toddlers need consistency. There will be occasions where you are out of the house, or bath time will have to be moved, but try to be as consistent as possible. When they know what to expect and when to expect it, baby’s anxiety levels will not rise.Consistency and patterns reassure babies and toddlers.
A consistent bath time will also let baby know that that bed time ritual has begun.
How to Get Baby to Love Bath Time: 2. Taking Away Fear
If the baby is afraid of taking a bath, especially in the big tub, get in the tub with baby. Wear a bathing suit, if that makes your morecomfortable . By getting in the bath with the baby, the baby will know that the tub is a safe and secure place. When you think baby is ready, try to give baby a bath by himself or herself. Keep both hands on the timid baby, and keep baby steady.
How to Get Baby to Love Bath Time: 3. Wash First
Once the baby is in the bathtub, wash the baby and shampoo the baby’s hair. By washing baby first, you leave plenty of time for baby to enjoy the warm sudsy water, and to play.
How to Get Baby to Love Bath Time: 4. Make It Fun
Bath time can be fun time, it’s not just about being clean. Bath time gives baby a chance to explore a water environment. They can splash, and move the water, and pour the water, play with bubbles, and may even try to drink the water.
Add some toys to the bathtub, including a rubber duck, a small cup or emptied baby shampoo bottle for pouring water, or any other fun bath time toys.
Let the baby know it’s okay to explore and splash, and make a mess. You will get wet, and the floor will get wet, but that’s okay.
With consistency, security and some toys, the baby and toddler can learn to love bath time. They might love it so much that you will have more trouble getting them out of the tub than into the tub.