If you often find yourself getting stressed out when giving your kids a bath at the end of the day, you’ll be glad to know that there are things that you can do to help make this time less stressful for you and for your little ones. And while we can’t guarantee that there won’t still be water splashed all over the bathroom floor and that toys won’t get suctioned to the bathtub stopper as you try to empty the tub, you may come to find that bath time isn’t such a battle anymore.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three tips for making bath time with little kids less stressful.
Start Creating A Bath Time Routine
Kids crave routines for almost everything in their life, including bath time. And while you might have gotten along without a bath time routine until now, figuring out a routine that works for both you and your kids can help bath time be much easier for everyone.
If your kids enjoy playing in the bath, consider having playtime either before or after they get cleaned up. And if you can create a routine where you quickly wash their hair and their bodies as part of the bath, they’ll come to expect this and—hopefully—won’t fight you as much once they get used to this routine.
Keep Everything Close By
For small kids, it’s important that you stay right by the bathtub while they are bathing, as drowning accidents can happen in even just a few inches of water. So to help you not be so anxious about your kids getting hurt in the bath, you should make sure everything you need is right next to the bath before you put the kids in the water. This includes having the right shampoos, soaps, toys, and towels within arm’s reach so you’re not having to run around the house collecting things or calling someone in to help you get what you need.
Choose A Less Stressful Time Of Day
For many parents, by the time it gets to the end of the day, their patience has been worn pretty thin. So when you try to wrestle your kids into the tub at the end of the day, everyone might be a little too worn out for this to be a pleasant experience.
Rather than saving bath time for right before bed, consider choosing a less stressful time of day to give your kids their bath. This might include moving bath time to a morning routine, doing it in the late afternoon, or around meal times. Even asking when your kids might want to bathe could make them feel like they have more choices and control.
If you need to make bath time less stressful for your family, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you learn how this can be done.