Bath time can be a parent’s most relaxing time of day – right up until the day Baby starts wanting to follow you in. Unfortunately, babies though don’t always seem to understand the beauty of bath time. Bath time games can help you share how great it is to clean up, and if Baby is already an enthusiastic bather, baths can be even more fun.
From Tupperware to measuring cups, containers don’t immediately look like the most glamorous of bath toys, but Baby is still young enough to find the movement of water new and exciting, so filling up and pouring out the contents of containers is super-duper-fun for him. That stage doesn’t last forever so enjoy it while you can! Using a few different sizes of container and pouring water between them can help teach him about relative sizes and proportions. Pouring water into a colander may just make him giggle.
Baby Einstein, meet Baby Picasso
Bath time may be the only good time to let Baby’s artistic expression take over your walls. You can find bath crayons or paints at most toy stores, or make your own bath paint by mixing food coloring and shaving cream. Then hand Baby a brush and let his creativity fly!
Snow White had a point with “Whistle While You Work” – songs can change the tone of a lot of tasks. Singing Baby’s favorite song during bath time is a great way to make bath time more fun. If you want to stay on theme, try singing a song about water or improvising a few bath-specific lyrics to songs that are already Baby’s favorites.
Don’t forget to accessorize!
Bath toys are an essential part of any baby bath time, and having toys he likes that only come out when he is in the bath can help equate bath time with fun time. The rubber ducky is a classic, but having a small collection of toys, some of which float and some of which sink, can really help keep Baby occupied!