Bath time can be tough for families. Sometimes there just isn’t the time, but you know they need bath. Other times the kids are in a poor mood and put up a fight. Plus, it’s a lot of work! Here are some ways to make bath time a success.
1. Make it part of your overall bedtime routine
A bedtime routine is super important for children. It subconsciously signals their brain that it will soon be time to sleep. This helps put them in the mode to fall asleep peacefully without much protesting.
Your bedtime routine can be as simple or elaborate as you like, but it should take at least a half hour so your child has time to mentally adjust.
Many parents use a lot of the same elements in their bedtime routine because they work the best. Start after dinner. It’s recommended that you turn off the TV and put away any gadgets or screens at this point. Those are highly stimulating devices that keep your child awake.
Insist on 10 to 15 minutes of quiet play that doesn’t require much movement. Blocks, puzzles, and stationary toys are great, just avoid roughhousing and lots of motion.
Then to the bath! A warm bath relaxes the muscles and makes a person feel sleepy. Encourage more quiet play. It’s not safe to jump around, so everyone should stay seated. Brush those teeth right after the bath before putting on pajamas.
Finally, cap your routine with more quiet play in bed or with storybooks. If you follow this routine every evening, eventually your kids will start to get tired after dinner before you even start the routine! You can add anything else you like to the routine, as long as you’re consistent with it.
2. Use bath products designed for kids
Children’s physiology is different from teens and adults. So it makes sense to use products that designed specifically for their growing bodies.
Most adult-oriented products use harmful chemicals, like preservatives, petrochemicals, and chemicals that imitate the function of hormones. I don’t recommend these for adults, but our bodies are tougher and less dependent on precise hormone levels for development, so we can tolerate them somewhat better.
Children, however, are far more sensitive. Their skin is more absorptive and their hormones need to stay in careful levels to ensure proper development.
We designed our lines of eco-friendly plant-based bath, skin and hair products for babies and kids (Bathtime Kids and Bathtime Baby) with careful formulations just for the sensitive skin of babies and kids. We use natural products, nourishing vitamins and antioxidants to care for your baby’s delicate skin.
3. Make it fun
I think this is one of the most important things you can do. It applies to any regular activity you’ll have to put your kids through. If you can find ways to make baths (or chores, or errands, or vegetables) fun, you’ll never have to fight your kids to do it.
Throughout the bath, always stay positive, even if your kids aren’t enjoying it. Play fun games with them. Rotate the toy assortment every few weeks in the tub to keep things exciting or include some fun tub activities. You can buy some simple, non-toxic bath markers for drawing on the tub and tile. Sing songs, play games, and do anything you can to make it a positive experience so there’s never a struggle.
How do you make bath time successful in your house?
Written by Leslie Presant, Owner of Bathtime Baby & Kids
Bathtime Kids & Bathtime Baby is a luxurious, eco-friendly baby safe bath time products for kids and babies that is gentle and formulated with all plant-based ingredients, skin nourishing vitamins, and antioxidants that protect and care for children’s delicate skin.
When the Bathtime Baby& Kids co-founder was expecting, she found natural/organic baby products completely greenwashed due to a corrupt industry that allows products to market themselves as natural but still contain ingredients with harsh chemicals and endocrine disruptors. She was motivated to create a better, safer skin care line of vegan bath products for kids. The result became a collection of natural and organic baby products that are paraben-free, propylene glycol-free, phthalate-free, petroleum-distilates-free and hypoallergenic.
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