Bath time when kids are young is either a dream or a nightmare, depending on the child and even, sometimes, the day. Many children hate bath time because it means they have to stop having fun and start getting ready for the worst part of the day: bedtime.
If your child fights baths every time they need to get clean, check out these interesting and effective ways to make bath time fun for kids.
Invest in Some Fun Bath Toys
Investing in some fun bath toys can help to make bath time just as fun for kids as playtime. It can also give a welcome distraction to your kiddos while you focus on getting them clean quickly. There are tons of bath safe toys for children.
What can help to make it even more exciting is if you allow your child to pick out their new bath toy with you at the store. When a child has a hand in choosing something for themselves, they typically will be twice as excited about it. They may even ask for an early bath time for the first few nights after getting the toy!
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Make the Bathroom More Kid Friendly
Making the bathroom your kids bathe in more fun and kid-friendly is a great way to motivate them into taking a bath without the fight. If you have a “kid’s bathroom” in your home, try to choose fun and bright colors for the walls. Even consider investing in some mermaid tile for the nautical and magical creature lovers in your home.
Seeing the cute mermaids and being in the fun, kid-themed environment can be exciting and make bath time less intimidating for your kids. Take their interests into consideration when choosing your theme, but keep in mind that children’s interests change constantly, so it’s best to go with a more general kid-friendly theme.
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Make Bath Time Story Time
Every child loves to hear a fun story. Many parents like to read their children a book before sending them off to sleep each night as a loving way to help them wind down and get comfortable while getting in some quality family bonding time.
Try combining bath time with story time by reading one short picture book to your child while their hair soaks up some conditioner in the bath. This way, they’ll have something to anticipate and distract them during the perils of bath time.