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
- 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.
- 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
- Choose an
appropriate time of day, when you have plenty of time to spend with your child
and are not in a rush.
- 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.
- Take time to
ensure the water is the perfect temperature, warm but not too
hot. It is definitely worth using a
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.
- Invest in a Bath Visor
dry eyes, dry ears and no fears.
This is often one of a childs main fears about bath time,
especially when they are very young.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.