Posts Tagged ‘bath time’

Ways to Keep Bathtime Fun When Your Toddler Is Not a Fan

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Ways to Keep Bathtime Fun When Your Toddler Is Not a FanMy son Levi is just shy of 18 months, and for a while now, he dreads bathtime. Me, well, I dread it too, if I’m honest. He hears the faucet start to turn-on and all of a sudden, Levi is nowhere to be found. We have to coax him into the bathroom, and once he hits the water, magic happens. He is fine.

Many little ones have fears of bathtime as they grow older. Taking a bath in a strange place, strange floating specs, and cold water can cause any toddler to have a meltdown. Anyone else been there? My daughter went through a phase where she was afraid to take a bath anywhere but at home. This was not a fun scenario while visiting our family out-of-state. Many little ones are also fearful when it comes to washing their hair and having water poured over their heads. Remember you are there to take care of your little one, so it’s important to figure out what the problem is.

While I am no expert, here are some practical ways to keep bathtime fun.

Spice It Up
For my family, this is a big success. My kids fuss way less when they take a bath together. There are less tears when a child isn’t over-tired, hungry, or done for the day. We try to take a bath before bedtime, but sometimes we just need to mix-it-up. Offering a morning bath or afternoon splash can sometimes help. I try to play with my kids while they are getting clean. Sometimes this means getting bubbles on me, as well. Get creative! If mommy always gives a bath, let daddy do one occasionally.

Toys, Toys, Toys
You can never have too many bath toys, in my opinion. Cycle them out. Kids get bored with the same bath toys after a while. We keep new ones in the closet for just these nights. Squirty toys are fun, but remember the water can stay inside and cause mold. We have a little bubble machine we use sometimes. Try investing in a couple nicer toys like this cute seaplane by GreenToys. This sport boat would be a huge hit with my Levi.

Keep Fears at Bay
Ease into a bathtime routine if you know your little one will not be happy. Sing a silly song as they get undressed. If your little one is afraid of getting their hair washed, do it at the end. Many companies make baby bath hats and visors to shield bubbles from shampoo. If your little one is scared of the bathtub drain, let the water out after they are dried off and dressed. Do what you can to make it stress free, since you know your child.

Bathtime is a necessary part of life, so it’s important to make it fun and something your child enjoys. I am looking forward to the days when I turn on the faucet and Levi comes running with a big smile on his face. It’s coming. I know it is.

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of two in Northeast Indiana where she lives, writes, and bathes her kiddos with lots and lots of bubbles.

Rub-a-dub-dub, I Love the Primo Tub!

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Rub a dub dub I love my Primo Tub!When my daughter was born, we didn’t have a bath tub for her. I can’t even remember now if we’d registered for one, but we hadn’t received one as a gift and hadn’t purchased one. Honestly, I wasn’t too worried. Newborns do well with the occasional sponge bath, and after that a sink works quite well for a time. That, and baby baths are always available second hand at consignment and thrift stores.

After a week or two, though, I wanted a real baby bath tub, since our sink wasn’t well suited to the purpose. A quick browse of Craigslist led me to pick up a Primo EuroBath at a screaming deal. I went with it because the reviews on Amazon were fantastic and that it offered the ability to grow with baby. It has two sides, one a molded support like a cradle for young babies and the other a more open end for once baby sits unassisted. I liked that it allowed baby to really be in contact with the water, and that it didn’t have any mesh parts to worry about drying properly or growing mildew.

Let me tell you, those 5-star reviews aren’t lying. That tub was one of the best investments we ever made when it came to baby items. When she was teeny tiny, it supported her in a safe way that allowed me to have both hands free. At first, just because she was so light, I would first lay a towel in the cradle area to give it a little grip so that she wouldn’t slip. In a matter of weeks, that wasn’t necessary. I always felt safe with the way it positioned her and she must have as well, because she absolutely loved bath time. She would lie there and splash for just as long as we’d let her. The open end was a great place for us to entertain her with bath toys, and by having a self-contained tub, we saved having to fill the whole bath tub with a layer of water.

Once she was sitting fairly well on her own, we moved her to the more open end of the tub. If we thought she’d enjoyed splashing before, nothing compared to the new found freedom of the “deep end”! I enjoyed that I still wasn’t filling a full sized bath tub while still allowing her a full bath experience, and that it still kept her well supported without my assistance. She enjoyed all of the water and the fact that her toys were always close at hand, since they couldn’t float away! (Of course, we were always immediately next to her the entire time. Never leave a baby unattended in a bath or anywhere near water).

Draining is simple, thanks to the plug drain in the bottom. Cleaning was easy too. We just wiped it down after each use, tilted it on end inside the shower until it dried, and then moved it into our master bedroom closet. I should mention that this is billed as the largest baby bath tub on the market, and for good reason. It is, essentially, a miniature version of a full-size bath tub. For people with space/storage concerns, this may take the Primo out of the running for you, and something like the Puj, which hangs flat, may be a better fit. But if you have a spare bathroom where you could just leave it inside the big bath tub, this thing is awesome!

So, in short, I loved our baby bath tub. Yes, it’s big and harder to store. But the memories that I created with my daughter during the year that we used it are priceless, and I highly recommend it to everyone I know.

Kate Cunha is a Pacific NW mama who also happens to be a huge fan of a nice, deep bath.

Silent Saturday: Sneaky Mama

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

My 1.5 year old suddenly hates taking bath, yet loves to get super messy! After several failed attempts to wrestle him into the bathtub, I decided a new approach was needed.  This is what “bath time” now looks like at our house.

He thinks it the best thing ever to play outside in a container full of water and toys… I throw a few squirts of soap in there and viola, he’s clean!  Such a sneaky mama! 🙂

What have you done to creatively work through similar types of challenges with your little ones? Would love to hear ideas and stories from readers like you! 🙂