10 Tips to Make Bath Time Good, Clean Fun!

Photo by Dmitry Naumov / iStock
Photo by Dmitry Naumov / iStock


The day is winding down, bed time is nigh, and very soon, you’ll get to snuggle up with your squeaky-clean favorite little person: Bath time really can be one of the best times of the day.

On the surface, bath time is about getting clean, but it also provides a wonderful chance to talk with your kids, help them become independent, or even teach them about science.

Of course, we also know that not all kids love bath all the time, but these tips will help ensure your infant or toddler stays safe, happy, and engaged in the tub—until he’s ready to sail on his own.

  1.  Safety first. Always remain in the bathroom and carefully watch your child while he’s in the bath. If you need to leave the room, even for a second, your child does too!

  2. The ideal bathwater temperature is the same as your child’s body temperature, so keep the water under 99°F.

  3. Show your child how to wash himself and only provide help when needed. This will give your child a sense of accomplishment and encourages self care.

  4. Check water toys for signs of mold. (In fact, it’s best to avoid toys that hold water inside, like those that squirt water when squeezed.) Rinse all toys and allow them to air dry before storing them.

  5. Talk with your child about why it’s important to keep her body clean in child-friendly language. Discuss the importance of washing away germs that could make her sick.

  6. If your child has a hard time when her hair is rinsed (as many children do), show her how to hold a dry washcloth across her forehead, or allow her to wear a plastic visor or even a fun pair of goggles. Some children might want to do all three!

  7. Water can sting scrapes and cuts. If your child has a boo-boo, try letting him use a spray bottle to mist the area before he immerses it in the water.

  8. Conduct a few experiments. Place an ice cube in the bath water and use words like “cold” and “melt” as your child explores. Add two ice cubes and challenge her to try to make one melt faster than the other. (Make sure the ice cubes stay out of your child’s mouth for sanitation reasons and to prevent choking.)

  9. Bring non-breakable containers of various sizes into the bathtub. Encourage your child to pour water from one container to another. Use words like “full,” “empty,” and phrases like “too much” and “almost full” as your child learns about volume and capacity.

  10. Gather different household objects that sink and float to play with in the bathtub, and talk with your child about how each object behaves in the water. Challenge her to guess whether an object will sink or float. (Take care to choose objects without sharp edges.)

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