I think one of the greatest joys of parenthood is being able to bath our baby. First we start with a beautiful baby and the next thing you know they are telling you they are big enough to take a bath or shower “all by myself!” But there is so much more power in bath time than you may know, it’s not just to get your kids clean. Here are some tips to help you make the most of the power of bath time.
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Bath tub time memories
Bath time for my girls has always been a special time. Just us with bubbles and toys, imagination and the sweet scents of lavender, because Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Bath was a favorite of mine and the girls. (Shhhh, it still is!) When they were babies I would watch them splash and play their bath time away.
As they became toddlers it became a whole new game. The girls are only one year apart and sometimes seem more like twins and wanted to play and bathe together. Bath time started with a tub full of toys which of course included rubber duckies. Other favorites included hoops, stacking cups and fishing toys.
As they grow the toys change as does the amount of time they spend in there. Foam toys with ABCs and 1,2,3 give us time to practice for preschool and sing songs together.
Now they are all grown up and at the ripe old age of 7 or so declared they are too big for baths and want to take showers on their own. While I’m proud of their independence, I admit to missing the days when I sit by the tub and hear their coos and giggles, followed by their chatter about their day as they got older.
As you can see, there is more to bath time than just getting baby (and kids) clean, it’s an opportunity to bond. Bath time allows you to make memories (look at how many parents have a picture of their kids in the bath tub!) as well as actually teach your child important things.
The Power of Bath Time
There is a power to bath time, not only in making memories but in making kids stronger, healthier and smarter. Did you know those stacking cups creatse more than bath time fun? That game actually encourages hand eye coordination! Did you know that talking to your baby and your toddler during bath time can actually improve their language skills? There is all that and more in the power of a bath time.
Tips for making the most of bath time
- Turn off your cell phone and leave it in another room. Not only does it mean your attention is fully on your child but it is a whole lot safer for your baby and your child too if you don’t feel the need to answer that ring or texting ding.
- Get everything ready for the bath before the bath. Keep a basket next to the bath and collect what you need before it and easily put it away after it. Don’t forget the Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, Bedtime Bath or other favorite products along with toys, towels and wash cloths.
- Turn on some music and let it play play play. (Inner Taylor Swift may have come out there as the kids play “Shake It Off” in the background while taking their shower). Even now they like to have music playing – in another room safely away from the bath tub or shower.
- Talk to your baby or child during bath time. Look them in the eye and play back with them as they learn about the fun in the tub.
- Don’t rush it. We all need a little down time. Do you like your bath interrupted?
Want even more tips about making the most of bath time so you can harness the power of it? Johnson’s Baby offers these tips and let’s you know how it helps your baby.