10 tips to help when your child hates bath time!
Does your child hate bath time? If you answered “yes”, you are not alone!
This is one of the more common parenting challenges that my readers ask about.
While many kids love the bath, there are others who do not. Often, it’s because they’re afraid of getting water in their eyes, or they hate having their hair washed. Sometimes all it takes is one bad experience in the tub to turn them off. Whatever the reason, if your child hates bath time it can super-stressful for you and your little one.
Because it’s such a common problem I took the question to my Facebook page. I asked my followers “what can you do you do when your child hates taking a bath” and they responded with lots of creative solutions.
Today I’m sharing 10 of their suggestions with you Hopefully, with these ideas, a little patience and a whole lot of love, your little one will be splashing happily in the bath-tub in no time.
10 Tips To Help When Your Child Hates Bath Time:
1. Invest in a bath-time visor:
So many kids are afraid of getting water in their eyes, but a visor is a simple and inexpensive solution.
Remember to keep a dry wash-cloth nearby. That will make it easy for your child to wipe his or her eyes if need be.
2. Buy a bunch of glow-bracelets:
Drop several into the bath and dim the lights.
This makes things so fun that your child may even start ASKING for a bath! (Remain close to your child at bath time and especially so if the lighting is dim).
3. Transition your child to the bath tub:
Here’s how you do it…
…start by giving your child a sponge bath in the sink for a few weeks. Next, transition to a sponge bath in an empty bath tub (instead of a sink). Then, a few days later, add a minimal amount of water to the tub. Do this until they are comfortable sitting in the water. After a week or two, you will have transitioned to a “normal” bath.
4. Try a different bath time:
If bath time normally takes place in the evening, before bed, your child might be more receptive to a daytime bath. Try a morning or afternoon splash.
5. Let them bring their dolls into the tub:
Kids LOVE giving their dolls a bath and washing their babies’ hair! Give them a small bottle of watered down shampoo, a baby wash-cloth and comb, and let your child bathe his or her baby.
6. Blow bubbles in the bathtub!
I’ve never met a child who isn’t fascinated by bubbles! The might be enough of a distraction for your child to forget about his or her anxiety. Bonus: you won’t have to worry about spills because your child is already sitting in soapy water.
7. Add colour to the bath.
Make bath time extra-fun with a few drops of food colouring or with Crayola Bath-time Colour Tablets.
Toss in a few coordinating toys (blue water with sea animals for example) for your child to play with too. You can switch up the colours and the toys with every bath.
8. Make bath time “art time”:
9. Protect her eyes from splashes:
Let your child wear googles or even a swimsuit to make it more like “pool” time than “bath” time.
10. Skip the bath altogether:
It’s possible that your child may enjoy a shower much more than taking a bath.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.