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How To Make Bath Time Fun For Kids

Tips To Make Bath Time Fun For Kids. 

Bath time is one special time, a perfect opportunity to bond with our kids. It’s a lot of fun and can even be educational. However, there are few babies or toddlers who throw a lot of tantrums and even dread bath time. My kids, A&A, were no different when they were around 1 year of age. They would resist bathing and would cry a lot. The only reason I could figure out probably was the fear of water. So I planned to make bath time fun for them. I introduced a lot of activties and games to make bath time special and let my kids enjoy it.

Sharing below few tips that I follow and that work for me to make bath time fun for my kids:
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1. Letting bath time be a play time: Our bath time is no different than play time. We splash water, play with soap lather, blow bubbles in the air. To begin with, as a parent, I myself stopped taking bath as the regular baby chore. Rather added playfulness around it to make it fun.

2. Use water toys: Initially I brought a lot of water toys in the bath tub like rubber duckies, turtles, mini water guns, etc and let my kids play with it. Initial fifteen minutes I would let them play and then start the bathing process. Now at 3 years they don’t take elongated baths but they do take their soft toys, cars, etc to play or wash daily while bathing and I don’t stop them either.

3. Sing Songs/Rhymes/Tell Stories: There are days when toys don’t work, but I try other ways to keep kids engaged. We sing songs, rhymes, tell a story or sometimes just talk. This also gives us a little moment with kids to bond and interact.

4. Tell the child about the technique of bathing: Most kids want to bathe themselves. Initially I used to stop A&A from using the mug or soap themselves as I would fear they may put in eye or hurt themselves. But I realised the more I stop, the more they want to do. So instead of stopping, I let them do and infact teach them the proper technique of bathing. Like how to pour water over head, how to keep water/soap out of their face by tilting their head back, how to wrap a towel, etc. When we talk and inform them about the bathing techniques they become more comfortable and feel secured.

5. Keep the surrounding well protected: While giving them freedom to explore bathing on their own, make sure that they are safe. Put mats below to avoid them slipping, ensure there are no sharp objects nearby, check the temperature of the water, etc. Kids too tend to enjoy bathing if they know they are safe.

6. Introduce Fun & Educational Activities Once my kids started enjoying their bath time, I introduced some educational activties too that ensured fun as well as learning new things. For example-

Coloured IceI add coloured ice cubes in water to let them have some sensory fun and make them understand the concept of colours, cold , hot, etc

Add non-breakable containers of various sizes in the bath tub:  We practice pouring water water from one container to another. This helped them to learn concepts like ‘full / empty’, etc while developing their motor skills. 

Bring toys that explain science of water: We get a few toys that sink in water & few that float in water. Initially A&A didnot understand the concept but a visual image was formed in their mind. Now they know the concepts of sinking, floating, etc. We even experiment with salt, sand, etc to know what dissolves in water and what not.

Bath time fun for kids

Bath time has great potential- both for learning as well as fun. It’s best to ignore the mess and let the little one enjoy to the fullest. Make this time, a time of bonding and building memories. I hope these tips and activities help you to make your kids’ bath time fun and exciting.

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This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Surbhi Prapanna

    Great tips to make bath time real fun. Using water toys is really great idea and my girls had done this a lot.

  2. forbabynmommy

    That’s really nice post for all parents who struggle with bathing time for kids.. thankfully my daughter loves her bath time..😁

  3. Deepika

    My both the kids love bathing. My 3 year old son used to take his favourite toy in the bathroom and give it a bath too. It is really fun to see his activities while bathing. Your tips are also amazing for those who don’t enjoy the bathing process.

  4. jhilmildsaha

    Seriously bath time for kids can be quite challenging for parents. These tips are so amazing and definitely going to be superhit

  5. MeenalSonal

    We need to make such mundane tasks a fun for children. Liked all the pointers in the post, I use bathing toys for fun, shall try colored ice next time.

  6. I never thought so much about bathing honestly, my kids always love to take a dip anytime. Nice post.

  7. Neha Sharma

    Oh I remember there was a phase when Nemit would also dread bath time and it was a big task to make him bathe without crying. We used to follow some of the same ideas as you mentioned. I am sure these will be helpful for many new parents going through the similar stage.

  8. It is sometimes challenging to give my daughter a bath I sure these tips will help me out… thanks for sharing them

  9. momtasticworld

    That color icecubes idea sounds fun, let summers come, I will surely try this. My little one is such a water baby that I need some tips on how to bring the kid out of the bathroom 🙂

  10. Great tips Charu. I am glad to see we did used many of your tips during bathtime. The color ice cube are one of our loved painting activity.

  11. pythoroshan

    The coloured ice cubes in the bath is something I never considered… and yes, it would definitely be a fun educational activity 🙂

  12. Ranjini

    I’m not a parent. But this post made me curious. You make it sound so fun and simple! 😃

  13. Dipali Bhasin

    When my kids were small, bath time used to be such a fun time and we used water toys, splashed water on each other and sang songs just like you do. I loved the coloured ice idea.

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