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Bath Time Help: Singin’ The Bath-Time Blues?

A toddler boy in a bathtub full of bubbles, pushing on a blue and green toy shower head, splashing himself in the face.

While most children look forward to bath time, many kids develop an aversion to the tub at one point or another

Unfortunately, bathing is not optional!

So, how can you make bathing easier and less stressful for you and your little landlubber? Start by identifying the source of your child’s discomfort and taking steps to address it.

  • Is your child afraid of getting pulled down the drain (a relatively common toddler fear)? Reassure your child, and explain why that can’t ever happen. And, until your child overcomes his fear, avoid draining the water until he’s out of the tub.
  • Does your child hate getting soap or water in her eyes? In addition to using gentle, non-stinging shampoo, take steps to shield those little peepers. Try a Shampoo Visor or a smart  Shampoo Rinse Cup. Parents report they work wonders!
  • Is your child afraid of falling? After all, tubs are very hard, slippery surfaces. Safety-proof your tub (by the way, even if you’re child isn’t afraid, these are all smart safety measures)!
  • Eliminate slippery tub bottoms with a Bath Mat or appliques.
  • Cushion the sides of the tub with a bath bumper.
  • Suction a handle to the side of the tub, so kids can enter and exit securely.
  • Use a faucet cover to cushion hard or sharp spouts.

And once you’ve addressed the source of your child’s unease, there’s plenty you can do to make bath time more fun.

  • Create some aquatic excitement with age-appropriate bath toys. Here are a few of our suggestions:

6727371 Bath Elephant

6727384 Lighthouse

6727376 Fish Basket

  • Need a super-duper distraction? Why not compose a bath time symphony, launch a submarine, or have a bubble party?
  • Get creative…just don’t use any ordinary washcloth and soap to lather up in the tub.
  • If baths don’t cut it, try a shower instead. We have some clever items that turn adult showerheads into gentle, child-friendly showers.
  • Instead of fretting about getting a bath, help your child focus on giving a bath to a favorite toy.
  • Make bath time special by rewarding your child with super-soft hooded towels.

With a little ingenuity and patience, you can help your child get past his bath-loathing phase. In the meantime, keep your sense of humor afloat!

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