Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Bath Time Fun with Babies

One of the most blissful times for babies is bath time when the child enjoys a warm bath brimming with bubbles. This is especially true for toddlers who love to splash mom or dad before going to bed. While parents or caregivers usually enjoy the toddler's bathing, many cases of concerned parents are seen especially the complaining mom who is worried about her kid trying to climb out of the bathtub while she takes a jiffy to reach for the shampoo. Yet other moms find their kids turning petrified of having their hair washed. Some do show tears and tantrums and the bath-giver has to yield. Many of these toddlers would rather eat spinach than having their hair shampooed, their nails trimmed, or their teeth brushed. Since kids must get themselves dirty and parents or caregivers must wash them clean, bath time is inevitable. To make this time fun rather than tears, some points of import are described below.

Acting Practically

A key point to make bath time free of tears is to make sure you have everything in reach. Do not leave things like shampoo or nail scissors etc. out of reach even if they would take only a couple of seconds to get for use. The child is likely to make a quick getaway attempt in the brief time you take to hand an item. When it is time to wash their hair, remember that toddlers are often as afraid of water pouring on their head as they are of getting their eyes irritate with soap. It makes things less painful for the kid if you brush the locks through before shampooing. This is helpful in detangling the hair. Use a shampoo that has a no-tears formula. Use a hand-held shower spray for extra control. For comfort and protection, put a flannel over the toddler's eyes. Since nails are the easiest to cut at bath time for they are soft then, it is the ideal time to get your baby's nails clipped. Use baby scissors or small clippers to cut the nails, either in the tub or afterwards. If the child resists to baby scissors or clippers, try an emery board.

Leaving the Kid a Go

Often the child's drive for independence is the source of the caregiver's irritation. But in several cases, allowing the baby to take control of the situation quells his/her fussiness. Let the baby help you rub in the shampoo or make bubbles in the bath. You may encourage the child to clean his/her own face. You can then take your turn to finish things off. If you find your toddler steadfastly resisting brushing his/her teeth, buy three different brushes and allow the kid to make his/her choice. Kids may pick a different one on different occasions (that is what kids are like!) so let them have their way. Before you take over, let the child brush his/her teeth. If the resistance continues, try to coax him/her into brushing teeth by promising that he/she can brush yours afterwards.

Making a Game of Bathing

Kids normally love to play and all situations, bathing included, are more fun to them if they are made to look like a game. To tackle the toddler's possible anti-bathing tantrums, make use of the role-playing opportunities that you will find on tap at bath time. For example, you can take the role of a hairdresser. You can make up a funny style to say to your baby girl, 'Now, dear madam what shampoo would you like for your hair?' and ask if the temperature of the water is easy for her, what style she would like after the hair is washed, and so on. A luring way for washing her hair is to let her do her doll's hair while you are busy with hers. Another fun game is Dentists. Let your child look into the mirror while you clean his/her teeth. Give a tooth-by-tooth commentary to amuse the kid. Try to make her laugh by doing things like brushing his/her nose or chin as if by a mistake. Trim the toddler's nails while playing This Little Piggy or any other amusing piece. Put a mirror at the end of the bath so that the child can watch making soapy funny hair sculptures. The trick is to create a situation that offers the kid lots of fun. You then get the cooperation and also the fun!

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