10 Tips To Help When Your Child Hates Bath Time:
1. Invest in a bath-time visor:
A visor is a simple and inexpensive solution for kids who don’t like getting water in the eyes when they’re getting their hair washed.
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 for the bath tubDrop 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! It can be enough of a distraction for your child to forget about his 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”:Crayola Fingerpaint Soap or Bathtub Crayons make bath time SO much fun! Kids may just forget about their fears and apprehensions if they’re allowed to draw on the walls.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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