Five Ways to Make Bath Time Safe and Easy!

5 Ways to Make Bath Time Safe & Easy | The Nursery Collective

by Catherine Nelson-Williams

As parents, we all want ways to make bath time safe and easy – as well as fun and relaxing, right? Whether you’re a Mum of a newborn or toddler (or both!), bath time is a time Mums often dread - and look forward to in equal measure! It signals the end of the day and the impending peace of bed time (on good days when they actually go to sleep quickly, and stay asleep!), but can also coincide with the dreaded witching hour - resulting in crazy, hyper kids and a bathroom resembling a splash pad!

Both my kids loved bath time as newborns, and both also went through a phase of suddenly hating it – a very common occurrence most Mums can relate to. But like all things in early motherhood, phases pass and all we can do try our best to get through these times (sometimes with a glass of wine in hand!) and make our lives as easy as possible! So here are 5 ways to make bath time safe and easy – hopefully these tips will help you enjoy the bath time ritual with your little ones!

5 Ways to Make Bath Time Safe and Easy!

5 Ways to Make Bath Time Easy and Safe | The Nursery Collective

Make Bath Time Safe and Easy – Schedule a Regular Time!

Kids love routine, and it’s important to schedule a bath time you can follow on a regular basis. Most parents choose the evening bath time/bed time routine as a way to help their baby or child relax and get ready for bed, but mornings can work equally well too. Ultimately it comes down to personal preference and what works best for your family and your child.

Bath Time Routines

We’ve always done bath time in the evening at our house which signals the wind down to bed time. These days with a 6 and 3-year-old, the challenge is to keep them from splashing and soaking the entire bathroom and dealing with the crazy wriggling and hyper towel drying after (seriously what is with that, just stay still!) but we’ve recently started having the eldest take a shower separately which helps, although his little sis always wants him in the bath 🙂

Choose a rough time and stick to it….routine helps babies and children know what to expect, and when they know what to expect life (generally) becomes easier with them!

Make Bath Time Safe and Easy – Safety First!

For a new Mum, bathing a wriggling little newborn can be extremely nerve-wracking! Firstly, trust yourself, you’ve got this! Stay calm and maintain a good grip and make sure the water temperature is right (check the inside of your wrist). Never leave your baby unattended (if the doorbell rings, scoop your baby out) and have all your supplies to hand.

Apron Towels for Making Bath Time Safe and Easy | The Nursery Collective Bath Time Safety | Towelling Stories

One product we absolutely love that truly does make bath time safe and easy is the Hands Free Baby Bath Towel by Towelling Stories. This unique hooded towel is different to other hooded towels available – it’s apron style allows you to securely fasten the towel around your neck with two press studs, leaving both hands free to undress and bathe your baby. Once bath time is over the towel is already on you and ready to go – genius! All you need to do is lift your baby to your chest, place the hood on their head, and use the sides to wrap and snuggle! It’s also wonderfully long and wide, perfect for drying all those newborn nooks and crannies whilst keeping them snug and warm, and it keeps you dry during splashtime too! The natural bamboo and cotton mix means these towels are also thick and soft and super absorbent. Find out more about these fantastic towels here.
Note: Image supplied by @themummysomniac

Make Bath Time Safe and Easy – Bathing a Baby and Toddler Together

I started bathing my two together when my youngest was only a few months old. Believe it or not, bathing your kids together can result in a shorter and easier bath time. Once you have a routine in place, bathing your kids together can also mean more face time with your kids, less whining from them and more fun for all of you! Here are a few key tips to make the process easier and less daunting.

Make Bath Time Safe and Easy with Baby and Toddler

    • Put your eldest in first, and make sure they go to the loo beforehand to save you draining the tub mid-bath or having to get their slippery little selves out before
      you’re ready! Also, get your eldest used to coming out last (can’t leave baby in by themselves!)
    • Again, keep supplies on hand so you can stay close by and keep your eye on the kids
    • A good bath seat for the baby is vital and there are a number of different options available depending on your babies age
    • Have fun bath toys available or both the kids – you can also adapt their other plastic toys to bath time such as stackable cups or pool and beach toys.
    • Encourage splash time and make it fun! As your little one gets older, they will enjoy bath time together even more.
    • If you need to feed your baby, you can allow your toddler to play in the bath while you do so (keeping both in view at all times)

Make Bath Time Safe and Easy – The Dreaded Hairwashing!

Does hearing the words “hair washing” fill you with dread? This is often the most stressful part of the bath time routine! Many toddlers and babies put up quite the struggle with hair washing so here are a few tips to get through the battle!

    • Find a way to keep the water (and shampoo) out of their eyes and off their face as much as possible. What works for my kids is leaning back (I tell them to look up at Mummy or the ceiling), and we have a detachable shower head so I can get my hairdresser vibe on and focus where the water hits. Another option is to get them to hold a wash cloth to their face either leaning backwards or forwards. There are also different caps and visors available, or a toddler may even find using goggles fun!
    • Work out what suits your child best when rinsing – some kids might find the shower head too noisy and intimidating and might prefer a small cup or bucket or even a toy watering can. Let them roleplay with one of their own toys too.
    • Don’t over wash - washing hair once or twice a week is fine! Consider shorter hair for toddlers if that makes life easier.
    • Make sure you choose gentle baby and kid friendly shampoos – we love the KIDS 2 in 1 Shampoo and Body Washes by Weleda (photo below) which are perfect for kids over 3 with cute packaging, kid friendly scents and super mild and gentle on their skin. For newborns and babies, their organic and plant based Calendula range, including their Shampoo and Body Wash is gentle, tear-free, and perfect for bath time!
    • To calm your little down straight after washing, get them snuggled up in their towels. My new favourite bath time product is the Bamboo Hair Wrap from Towelling Stories. I recently bought a matching set for my daughter and I, but my son often steals mine! They are ultra soft and absorbent, lightweight, and super easy to use with a button and loop to keep them secure. Plus they look totally adorable – we love them here at TNC HQ as you can see in the photo below of me and my little miss!

Towelling-Stories-Hair-Wraps Make Bath Time Safe and Easy | Recommended Hair Products

Make Bath Time Safe and Easy – Bath Time Play Time!

There are so many ways to make bath time fun with bath toys and games, a guaranteed way to help your little ones enjoy the bath time experience!

Make Bath Time Fun | The Nursery Collective

  • Bath Toys – from simple stackable cups and watering cans, to squirty bath toys, there’s a bath toy to suit everyone! If you’re a bit OCD about mold forming inside the squirtable toys, a bit of hot glue to seal them up does the trick, or make sure they’re emptied out after each bath and thoroughly dried! You can also boil them occasionally, or stick them in the dishwasher, or soak them in a water and vinegar mix.
  • To keep things safe, make sure you have a bath toy organization system in place! A few drainable plastic tubs and a tension rod works perfectly (see this example), or there are many other great options available such as the IKEA Stugvig basket or Laddan Storage board
  • Games – Keep it simple with word games like I Spy, or try using washable watercolour paints in the tub! Mine also love me to blow bubbles while they’re in the bath so they can pop them, and often if they need calming down, we do an extra bed time story during bath time too. Here’s a link to some fabulous bath games you can try with your kids.

And lastly, if you’re looking at ways to make bath time safe and easy, simply try and relax and have fun! By simply enjoying the process, bath time can be fun for both you and your kids. Remember that these moments pass all too quickly, before you know it your kids will want to shower on their own and will scoff at the idea of games and bath time snuggles (sob!). So even on those days where bath time might be pushing your patience levels, remember it ALL passes. (And if all else fails, there’s always a glass of wine or cup of tea to be had once they’re finally in bed!) ♥

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This post is in collaboration with Towelling Stories and Weleda

Catherine Nelson-WilliamsCatherine Nelson-Williams is the author of this article and founder of The Nursery Collective. She is a mum of two and juggles being a WAHM with blogging and running The Nursery Collective - a haven for mamas navigating the early years of motherhood, where you can find unique boutiques and services for Mum, Baby & Kids all in the one place.

 

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