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Developing Bath Time Routines

Bath time is an essential part of a child's routine and what parents

want most is for their child to be relaxed and easy going at this time of day.

Although, babies don't need bathing everyday, they do need their face, neck, hands and bottom washed every day, which is often referred to as 'topping and tailing'. Choose a time of day when your baby is contented and make sure the room is also warm. Babies need bathing two or three times a week but if your baby does really enjoy it, then there is no reason not to bath them everyday. Bathing your baby before bed can help them to relax and become part of the bedtime routine. 

Here are some tips to make bath time enjoyable for your baby or child.

  1. Make bath time fun for your baby or young child by having various bath time toys such  Bath Squirters, foam letters such as the Fish 'n' Spell Bath Game, or an all time favourite the Infant Bath Time Bubble Maker.

  1. Make bath time appealing by making it personal to your child, perhaps by providing them with their own hooded towel or bath robe or special bath time shampoo or bubble bath. You can also purchase bath time tints and colours to make bath time more interesting.

  1. Choose an appropriate time of day, when you have plenty of time to spend with your child and are not in a rush.

  1. Spend time with your child and if possible try and ensure everything is prepared before hand, as this will make the experience less stressful and more enjoyable for your baby. When your baby comes out of the bath they will no doubt feel the temperature change and need to be kept warm. Putting the heater on before bath time in the room you will dress them in can reduce the chill they feel when coming out of the bath. Purchase some bath time accessories such as coloured, child friendly sponges and wash mitts.

  1. Take time to ensure the water is the perfect temperature, warm but not too hot. It is definitely worth using a Bath Thermometer

  1. Make washing hair as pleasant as possible by always using a baby shampoo or liquid. These are readily available at your local supermarket and pharmacy. They do not sting eyes and are soft and gentle on skin. 

  1. Invest in a Bath Visor to ensure dry eyes, dry ears and no fears. This is often one of a childÂ’s main fears about bath time, especially when they are very young.

  1. Never leave your baby or child in the water without adult supervision under any circumstances. If anything did happen, it could be fatal, and if not your child may loose their confidence in water which would be detrimental to them learning to swim.

  1. Encourage your baby or child to explore the floating bath toys and enjoy splashing and having fun in the water. For older children this could be made educational by using foam letters to perhaps help them spell their name or learn their tricky words. The bath tiles are perfect for this activity and provide a fun way for educational learning. 

  1. After bathing your baby dry them thoroughly, taking care to dry the creases in their skin. Then massage them with some Nourishing Baby Oil which helps them to relax and makes settling them to sleep easier. The best way to do this is to lay out a towel on the floor for your baby to lie down on.

To complete the bath-time routine settle your child into bed by singing them one of their their favourites number rhymes or songs or simply enjoy a favourite story together. 

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