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The best way to make bath time fun for toddlers is to add educational activities in their bath time routine. Kids are naturally curious and are always trying to understand their environment. They have an organic thirst for knowledge and so it’s imperative to help spark their imagination.
Think of imagination as a muscle. The more you exercise a muscle the stronger, healthier and energetic it becomes. The less you exercise it, the weaker and deconditioned it unfortunately also becomes. So one way to expand their imagination is to help them learn and become more creative while taking a bath.
Here are some amazing tips on how to make bath time fun for toddlers.
- Foam letters and numbers – cling to the wall when wet and read
- Name that body part – let them name a body part then wash it
- Read in the tub – get water proof books
- Listen to kids audio books – keep devices at a safe distance from the tub
- Sing rhyming songs – helps them learn the alphabet and pronunciations
- I spy game – last thing to spy should be the towel
- Plastic stacking cups – great for teaching volume
- Lego bath – throw in some lego bricks in the tub
- Bath puzzles – improves problem solving abilities
- Bubbles – Lowen’s Natural Bubble Paste for ultimate fun
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The goodness in our bubble paste doesn’t stop there. It also makes sure that it works in tandem with Mother Nature instead of against it or by choking it. In other words, it’s toxin free and safe for the environment.
Benefits of making bath time fun for toddlers
Builds a healthy bond
Playing fun games during bath time allows you as a parent to bond with your child. For kids, healthy and strong bonds help them develop good connections between brain cells. Furthermore, the bonding process provides children with a blueprint or model of what healthy and intimate relationships look like.
Teaches self-care skills
A Fun bath time helps your kiddo develop a sense of structure and independence. They anticipate certain procedures which help them feel safe and in control of the environment they’re in. This not only teaches self-care skills but also helps reduce parental exhaustion because expectations are established.
Introduces technical skills
Different bath toys varying in shape and color are a good way of teaching math skills. For instance objects that sink or float can help introduce concepts such as density and buoyancy. As mentioned in our tips above, plastic cups can be used to teach capacity, volume and fractions (i.e. halves and quarters).
Promotes language development
Singing, spelling and listening to audiobooks helps kids distinguish sounds and pronunciations. As time goes by, this helps them develop the ability to communicate more efficiently. Therefore, listening to sounds is a good way to lay the foundation for good reading, writing and thinking skills and abilities.
Helps kids sleep well
It’s recommended that adults get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. For kids, the hours are much longer at 11- 14 hours. A nice and soothing bath helps a child fall asleep easily and makes them sleep better. Their immune system also gets time to do its job and to protect the bodies from diseases.
Safety tips for fun bath time
1. Do not leave your child unattended
The one thing to consider before learning how to make bath time fun for toddlers is safety. Always bring your A-game during your kiddo’s bath time. If possible make a list of all the things required for bath time so that you don’t have to step away.
Say you forgot something, it’s best to simply ask someone else to get it for you or if it can wait, let it wait. If you have to go get the door or if your phone rings, cover them up and bring your little one with you. Do not leave them unattended even for a second.
2. Increase traction to prevent slipping
Bath tubs are slippery and so are the surfaces around them. Install non-slip strips to increase traction and to make it safer for kids. Alternatively, you can place non slip mats outside your bathtub so that you don’t slip when holding the baby.
As they grow older they’re going to want to get in and out of the tub on their own. To make movement much safer and easier, you could also get step stools. Now instead of climbing over the side of the tub or grabbing onto something on the wall that could be loose, they’ll use the steps.
Additionally, you can install removable or adjustable grab bars as an extra layer of protection. They come in handy when kids want to lift themselves as they’re coming out of the tub. Do not forget to cover sharp points, faucets and edges with protective sleeves.
3. Always check the water temperature
Before your kiddo gets in the tub, always check the water temperature. Warm water of about 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius should do. Make sure to have a bath thermometer to make the process easy. This helps prevent dehydrating your child’s skin and scalding.
You can also install LED faucets that warn you when the water is too hot. That alongside a ducky that changes color as the water temperature falls or rises. It’s a fun way of teaching your kids about water temperature. They’ll know not to go into the water if the ducky is a certain color.
Another way of making sure the water is the correct temperature is by checking using your wrist and elbows. Avoid using your fingers because they can tolerate higher temperatures which can be misleading when it comes to children baths. Lastly, as the kids grow older, teach them to always run cold water first followed by hot water.