Oh, bath time. I really used to enjoy you, but now I dread you.
I’m not talking about my own bath. No, I’m talking about bathing a baby who absolutely hates water. Screaming, crying, squirming, wrestling…you name it and it likely happens during our bath routine.
We have tried some different strategies already to warm Becca up to the bath. Talking in soothing voices, making sure the temperature is just perfect, providing a rubber ducky and some cups to play with. But, we always end up with a naked baby squirming to climb out of her bathtub as we quickly try to scrub her off.
So, this week, I decided to try something different. I’m not sure if Becca is scared more of water or just her bathtub in general. To cover all the bases, I took her baby bath out into the driveway and filled it with a little water.
I had purchased these toys from Amazon with the hope that they would be something fun and different to distract her.
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I love these toys! They are colorful, educational, and they stick to the surface of the tub when they are wet. They are each an animal, representing a letter of the alphabet. You can pop the letter out of the center of the animal, so when the child is a little older, they can work on putting the “puzzle” back together. As they enter school age, they can also use the letters to practice spelling words while in the tub! So fun!
They are also great for the teething baby, as they are made of a soft rubbery material that your baby can chew on. So many uses!
Once I had some water in the tub, I put the toys in and began playing with them. Becca sat back and observed for a while as I lightly splashed around, stuck the animals and letters to the side of the tub, and talked about the different colors.
I could tell she was definitely interested, and it didn’t take long for her to crawl over and begin exploring.
She reached into the water and played with the toys for a good 10 minutes! We talked about the animals, spelled words out on the side of the tub, and pointed out different colors. It was fun for both of us!
I plan to do this with Becca a few more times, and then we will try it during bath time. I’m hoping she will begin to see the tub and the water as non-threatening and associate the toys with bath time fun!
This activity is a great chance for sensory water play with your toddler, regardless of whether or not they need the extra bath time help. We used her baby bath, which many of you probably already have. If not, you can use a plastic tub, or a baby pool, or even the sink in the kitchen!
As always, PLEASE supervise your child during water play! No matter what age, drowning is always a serious risk, and adult supervision is needed at all times.
Leave me a comment with some ideas your bath time routine! What toys do your little ones enjoy?!