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  • This Bath-Time Routine Can Help Encourage Independence In Your Toddler

    Here are ways to make bath time fun and exciting!
This Bath-Time Routine Can Help Encourage Independence In Your Toddler
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  • Bath time is a unique bonding experience for a parent and child. But as kids grow up, getting themselves clean becomes a lesson in self-sufficiency and independence.

    By the time children reach the age of 3, you can begin teaching them the proper—and safe!—way to take a bath. At this point, they can already participate during the task and follow simple instructions. Aside from basic hygiene, teaching kids how to bathe also provides structure and instills discipline.

    Make bath time a fun learning experience for your toddler by following this guide:

    Step 1: Choose the best time.

    Choose a time in the day when kids can begin to wind down. Bath time can start off your nighttime routine, so before or after dinner would be a good idea. Having a regular activity right after bathing, such as a meal with the whole family or storytelling before bed, also establishes the duration for kids to complete this task.

    Step 2: Set up the stage.

    Organize all essential items kids will need before, during, and after the bath. These include a towel, special bath slippers (to avoid slipping on tiles), pajamas, bathing products, a small bucket with their own “tabo,” and even a toy they can play with during bath time. Put all of these items in a small plastic basket so you won’t have to gather all of them every single time.

    You can also use kitchen items to make your toddler’s bath fun. A strainer can be used as a rainmaker, while a plastic funnel can become a makeshift waterfall tunnel. Get crafty and creative!

    Step 3: Play that funky music.

    At this stage in their lives, kids are still discovering their bodies. Why not help them along by busting out a tune of “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”? Help your child scrub the body parts featured in the song as you sing it together.

    You can also program your phone to play three or four of your kids’ favorite tunes. This is a great way to introduce them to the therapeutic effects of singing in the shower. Of course, it goes without saying that a waterproof speaker would be needed.

    Step 4: Use bath products suitable for kids.

    To make sure kids won’t irritate their eyes, scalp, and skin during their bath, make sure the bath products you’ve picked for them are gentle and hypoallergenic.

    For their hair, try Baby Dove Baby Shampoo Rich Moisture. It helps replenish essential moisture in the scalp as it gently cleanses your toddler's hair, leaving the hair and scalp feeling soft and delicately scented.

    Step 5: Tell and show your child how to scrub and rinse properly.

    Be clear and specific when giving them instructions on how to bathe properly. Better if you show them how much shampoo or body wash they would need and demonstrate the motions of cleansing their scalp and body parts.

    Also, remember to explain to kids how many times they would need to do these movements to make sure every part of their body is taken care of. (Click here for a more detailed step-by-step guide.)

    Step 6: Dry up and cuddle!

    Blot the excess water off kids’ bodies and wrap them up in their dry, fluffy towels. Help them get dressed by demonstrating how to do it. And last but not least, hug your kids and tell them how clean and “mabango” they smell!

    Cherish these moments, mom! Before you know it, your toddlers will be all grown up and bathing by themselves. Enjoy this fun bonding time while it lasts.

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This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with Baby Dove.