When both of my boys were about this age, bath time was their favorite time of the day.
After dinner, we’d go run the water in the tub, and as it got warm, they’d start the pre-bath ritual of getting undressed and taking off their diaper. They loved to help “test” the water by me holding them above the bath and dipping their toes into the running water (make sure you test it first to ensure it really isn’t too hot!). They’d giggle!
Sometimes I’d slowly lower them into the water; sometimes we’d do a splash landing in the warm suds.
I liked adding a bit of baby wash to the water, but then my younger son started to try to drink the bath water so that habit ended abruptly.
Bath time can be a lot of fun for you and your baby.
Roll up a towel or buy a spongy mat to keep on the floor for you to kneel on next to the tub. I always had a generous supply of washcloths and towels handy for emergencies, too.
Bath toys can be great fun and a great way to learn, too. We’d pour water from one container to another. One son loved water poured on this head. The other did not, and I’d have to hold a washcloth over his forehead to make sure no water dripped while I was washing his hair.
My older son loved the running water. I’d pull the drain plug so it didn’t get too deep to let him run his hands under the faucet. The other son loved to lay down in the water, so I’d only put an inch or two in the tub.
After bath is a great time for baby massage and to rub lotion all over baby! They’ll love it and so will you.