Some toddlers love bathtime. Some don’t. And sometimes toddlers who love bathtime suddenly start crying every time. These bathtime tips for toddlers are meant to help bath be a fun, happy time for your tot.
There are many reasons why your toddler might suddenly start hating bath time. I found this out the hard way.
Usually, the way it goes is like this:
He’s playing happily. And then suddenly he starts shrieking hysterically, with something clearly bothering him.
After speaking to many other moms, I discovered that this wasn’t unique to my son. Many toddlers who love bathtime will suddenly have that Something that bothers them. The challenge is to figure out what that Something is.
I’ve put together this little list of “fixes” that can really transform bath time, turning it back into that giggly time of bonding and play.
6 Bathtime tips for toddlers:
- Use a bath ledge to fix toys in place: M did not like when his toys floated away or sank. He liked to be in control. If this is the case with you toddler as well, use one of those bath trays that are meant for pre-motherhood soaks, but make a perfect play table for your tot.
- Take out a few toys at a time: One of my suspicions was that he got a little overwhelmed during bath time. An easy fix was to only offer a few toys at once, instead of all his bath toys. While we normally do this with regular toys, the bath ones are stored in the tub. Extending the “toy swap” many moms do with regular toys can help a toddler not be overwhelmed.
- Beware of shampoo in the eyes: A classic reason a toddler might cry is because a little bit of shampoo got into her eyes. Double check that this isn’t the case.
- Make it fun: A little bit of distraction can go a long way. If your child seems to simply not like bath time, making it fun can turn that around. Some ideas to try: bath paints, turning on music (this has become a go-to fix for us), and shampoo hairdos.
- Make sure your bath is a comfortable temperature: Bath temperature is something we focus on a lot with our babies. Don’t let this slip by in toddlerhood! Making sure that the bath is comfortable can help your tot be much happier.
- The right cleanser: M has sensitive skin and would scratch a lot at bath time. Soaps strip skin of its natural nutrients and can therefore irritate. Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar is not a soap and is therefore much more gentle. It contains a unique blend of mild cleansers and moisturizing cream, making it the #1 dermatologist and pediatrician recommended bar. Since it’s dye-free and unscented, it’s okay for use on children and infants with eczema.
Finding a cleanser that is comfortable for your tot can help make those bath time blues go away.
If your toddler cries when bath time comes around, try troubleshooting with these simple bathtime tips for toddlers. It could be a fix as easy as switching out your soap for a mild cleanser!
The right skincare products for your child’s needs can make the whole difference, helping you care for that delicate skin. It contains skin natural lipids that help replenish the skin and is suitable for infants as young as two months old, making it a perfect choice for the whole family.
Do you have any bathtime tips for toddlers to share? Comment below!
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