For some kids, bath time is a day at the beach. A bath can fix or alter a bad mood while serving as a reset button to help quiet things down.
Still, not every child fancies a nice warm bath. And do they ever have ways to make clear their displeasure? So, to help make bath time a more agreeable event for everyone concerned, here are several tips that should do the trick.
Change your routine. If bath time is normally near bedtime, maybe washing away the dirt and baby food leftovers would produce a more calming effect earlier in the day.
Easy on the cheerleading. Telling a tearful child that a bath is great fun won’t do much to change their mind, especially if you give that little speech just before depositing them in the water. Better you should bring up the subject either well before bath time or on an off day.
Playtime. Place a few blocks in the tub and watch what can happen when they or some other toy is injected into an otherwise abhorrent environment. Children can be very creative, and here’s a chance for them to show you their stuff.
Bubble machine. Add a real wow factor to your child’s bath by incorporating a bubble machine. There are many inexpensive ones available at local discount stores or online.
Introduce new bath toys outside the tub. Let your toddler play with his boats on dry land, then show him how much fun it is to float them in water.
You should huff, and puff, and blow up a few balloons. After all, what’s fun outdoors or inside your family room can be just as much fun inside the tub.
Paint the tub – temporarily. Add some food coloring to shaving cream and grab a paintbrush. Kids can paint the tub and it washes right off. Join in the fun and they’ll be more likely to enjoy it.
“I can do it!” Show your child how to wash himself and only provide help when needed. This will give your child a sense of accomplishment and encourages self-care.
We hope you’ve found one or more ideas worth trying and, with a little luck, might prove successful. Speaking bath time, how’s your tub holding up? Maybe it’s old and showing its age, too small, or no longer consistent with your décor or decorating taste. If you’re ready to install something new and better, contact Mike’s Plumbing today. We’ll take out the old and remove it, and install the new tub, fixtures, and all, to your complete satisfaction.