Bathing your baby can be a nerve wrecking task, especially if you’re a new parent. Many parents complain about bath time being riddled with anxiety, screaming and overall unpleasantness. If you find yourself in this situation, fret not, for we are here to equip you with some ingenious ways in which you can take the dread out of bath time. Read on to find out more on how you can make your baby’s baths more fun!
1. Play Some Music
One of the best ways to add an injection of fun into your baby’s bath time is to involve music into the process. Whether this is playing some of your baby’s favourite nursery rhymes or singing a soothing song to your little one, you’re certain to add to the sensory experience of bath time by hitting those high notes. Don’t just stop at singing - you can always clap to the rhythm of the music, and tap on baby’s knee to teach her rhythm! Music is known to have a calming effect on babies, so we can’t think of anything better to lessen the stress and anxiety during bath time!
2. Everyone Loves a Rubber Ducky!
There is a reason rubber ducks and other bath time toys are so popular. These toys encourage imaginary play during bath time, whilst building your baby’s skills at the same time. The options are truly endless when it comes to bath toys in 2019 - looking for submarine spray station or a cute water squirter? You’ll be spoilt for choice with the options available online. Turning bath time into playtime has never been this easy - your baby won’t even be able to tell the difference!
3. Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble!
Is there anything that captivates a baby’s attention more than bubbles do? You baby will absolutely love watching bubbles float in the air and in the water, so don’t forget to purchase some bubble bath that is specially formulated for babies the next time you’re out. It is important that you purchase the right kind of bubble bath, as the skin of a baby is highly sensitive and prone to drying out if you’re using the wrong products.
4. Jump In There Yourself
Another fantastic way to inject fun into bath time is to jump in there yourself. Depending on the size of your bath, this might get a little squishy - but fret not, for we are certain that your baby will have no issues with this whatsoever. Babies enjoy skin to skin contact, especially with their mother, and you’ll make a bonding experience out of bath time. Always remember to check the temperature of your water when bathing with baby, and ensure that it is not too warm. What may feel tepid to you may be too warm for your baby’s sensitive skin. An ideal temperature to aim for is somewhere between 36-38 degrees Celsius.
5. Bathing Al Fresco
Last but not least, who said baths have to be contained within the home? If the temperature and weather is right, why not take the entire bathing experience outside? You can always turn a play pool into an outdoor bath in the backyard, and don’t forget to bring bath toys, flower petals and anything else your baby may enjoy to the experience.
We hope this article has given you some ideas on how you can make your baby’s baths more fun. With a few ingenious tips and tricks, bath time needn’t be one bit stressful!