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Not all children are thrilled about spending time in water, especially when it means it’s bath time. Some children have breakdowns when exposed to water. Making bath time run a little smoother takes a little practice, a few tricks up your sleeve, and a whole lot of patience.
Pick a Dedicated Time for Bath Time
It is a good idea to get your kids on a time schedule with bath time – especially during the week. The time can slack a little bit on the weekends since that is time to relax as a family. Pick a time within two hours of dinnertime to give your children a bath. After dinner, they know the end of the day is coming and that it will be time for bed soon.
Consider Skin Sensitivities
The chemicals in some soaps and the harshness of some city water systems can irritate a child’s skin. This can be one of the causes of your difficulties at bath time. I tried TruKid Rockin’ Relief Remedy for my son’s eczema and it has calmed it. Bath time is becoming less of an issue with him. The spray is easy to use and doesn’t make his skin greasy at all.
Kids need something to do in the tub beside splash in the water. Let them have a toy or two – or even bath time soap crayons to play with. They are still getting clean; they are relaxed and are having fun. Entertainment items that double as hygiene products are great for kids because they have fun using the product while getting clean.
Consider Aromatherapy Options
Aromatherapy refers to calming and relaxing scents used in quiet settings (for the most part). Lavender is a common scent for evening relaxation and bath time. You can implement aromatherapy techniques by adding essential oils that are fresh smelling or calming to the bath water. If you can find a kid’s aromatherapy bubble bath option, that will have their attention a little more.
I have found that my kids enjoy fruit flavors and scents, so the TruKid Watermelon Bubble Pods were a good choice for them. They enjoyed the smell, the soap did not irritate their skin and the pod was perfectly measured so that too much bubble bath wasn’t used.
Allow Some Play Time
Sometimes your child might just want to sit in the tub without playing or doing anything for a bit, that is okay. Make sure that business is taken care of but do allow your children some time to play in the tub. They need to be comfortable and cooperative so allowing that bit of time helps relax the entire process.
Talk to your kids about what kind of hygiene products they like. Their opinion does matter because giving them items they want to use or have fun using means that bath time is going to become less of a hassle each day. If your child has a severe fear of water, be patient and go slow – never force the child but use methods of periodic introduction in slow increments to make them less afraid.
How do you tackle bath time woes at your homes?