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Posted on 02/02/2015 by Room to GrowBabies
Your baby is one of a kind with a unique personality. As a result, they respond differently in each new situation they encounter. Some babies will love the bath whilst others may not; if your baby hates bath time it is important to discover what you can do to make it enjoyable for your little one. You can avoid problems and even correct your child’s fear or dislike of bathing by following a few simple guidelines
As with other areas of your child’s life such as eating and sleeping, establishing a routine is of primary importance for creating a pleasant bath time experience. Have bath time at the same time each day and choose a time of day that is best for both you and your child. Some children are relaxed after a bath, and others are actually stimulated by bath time. If bathing is relaxing for your child, an evening bath in preparation for sleep is a good idea. However, if bathing stimulates your child, a morning bath time may be better. You also need to ensure you’re choosing the right time for yourself. Avoid bathing your child when you are tired or stressed. Your child can sense your emotions, and this can result in an unpleasant bath time for you both.
Some children react negatively when they are either too hot or too cold. Purchase a thermometer to check the temperature of the water – it should be comfortably warm. Also, make sure the room is cosy so that exposed limbs are not too cold.
For your infant, consider purchasing a bath pillow. Some
children feel insecure in a watery environment and a bath pillow can allay
If your toddler hates to have their hair washed, purchase a
hair-washing hat. Shaped so that the water and soap run down the back of the
head, this inexpensive item protects your child’s eyes.
When you remove your child from the bath, have a warm, cuddly towel or robe ready to avoid an after-bath chill.
Even an infant will respond to a squeezable rubber toy that
squeaks. Sing and talk to your baby during the bath and put a smile on your
face. Kissing fingers and forehead works for some small children.
For a toddler, have some special books with stories about
bath time or aquatic animals to read to them while they are bathing. Bath toys,
strainers, cups for pouring water, shaped soap, and animal shaped washing
mittens all add to an enjoyable bathing experience for your little one. For an
older child, consider small inflatable swimming pool toys. Bath crayons and
bubble baths also work well to make bath time fun.
Listening and watching your little one will provide clues as
to what they like and dislike about bath time. Build on what they respond to
and remove any apparent irritants and you create a bath time both you and your
child will enjoy.
Note: Remember; never leave your child alone in the
tub. Drowning can and does occur in as
little as two inches of water.
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