| In the first few months of life a bath can be a soothing and relaxing time for parents and baby. As your baby grows he will start loving splashing and playing around in the bath. Once your toddler gets bored of splashing, you will need toys or activities to keep your toddler content in the bath.
You can easily keep your toddler happy in the bath by having a wide range of bath toys available to play with. If you or your toddler is getting bored during bath time try one of our fun and educational bath time activities to make this routine event a little more interesting. Toddlers can dislike having a bath for a range of reasons, they may be scared of the plug or hate having their hair washed. These activities may make your toddler feel more relaxed and able to enjoy a bath again.
1. Freeze a small bath toy in a plastic cup of water, peel off the cup and watch the ice melt in the bath.
2. Add a couple of drops of food coloring to the water to have a colorful and fun bath. When your toddler is old enough she can choose the bath color, siblings can have fun negotiating the color they would like each day.
3. Get a shower pump for the bath, this can be suctioned to the side of the bath, when your toddler pushes the pump, bath water is sucked up and pumped out of the shower head.
4. Use a small washer to wash each part of your baby’s body, name each part as you do. On different days use a different textured washer such as a sponge so that your baby can experience different textures.
5. From birth get your baby use to having water splashed on his face, take him in the shower with you occasionally, this will help with washing hair and swimming later in life
6. Put a number of small bath toys in the water and give your child a net to catch them with.
7. The traditional plastic duck is always fun to watch float and squirt in the bath so make sure you have a few ducks to play with.
8. Bath books are great to distract your baby if she gets upset in the bath.
9. Pouring water out of a plastic cup from a height can keep children fascinated.
10. If your child does not like washing his hair let him wear goggles or a swimming mask to stop shampoo getting in his eyes.
11. If your child is a little fearful of taking the plug out, make crazy noises before and during the process to make the experience fun.
12. At the end of the bath get your baby to use a cup and fill a bucket with water. After the bath go outside and water the garden with the bucket of water. You will be setting a good example to your child by reusing the water.
13. Give your toddler a straw and get her to blow bubbles in the water.
Jen Hart is the author of the informative website http://www.baby-patch.com/bathtime.html providing parenting information, baby gift advice and ideas of how to create the perfect baby shower.
She is the mother of a charming baby boy and writes about him frequently on her blog http://www.baby-patch.com/blog
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