Last night my preschooler decided that he was NOT going to take a bath. Granted, we’ve had a really busy week and he’s borderline exhausted by 5:00pm, but he’s just not interested in bathing and I’ve found myself coming up with creative ways to get that boy in the bath and have a joyful attitude about it. The LAST thing I need is a meltdown right before bed.
What is it that I need to do to get this child in the tub without a fight? Does he need more bath toys? Fun body wash for kids? So, I asked him, “Honey. What would make the bath MORE fun for you? What will make you want to take a bath every night?” With a smile, he listed out five things and a few aren’t what I expected AT ALL.
1. Bath Toys: He reminded me that the toys in the tub are few and far between. Yeah, they get gross or broken and I just chunk ’em, but I rarely replace them. Bath toys don’t need to be expensive either. You can find some great ones on Amazon for less than $10.00. Or get creative using cups, blocks, or kitchen utensils you don’t use anymore.
2. Kids Body Wash and Shampoo: I knew my 7-yr-old daughter was particular about her shampoo and conditioner, but I had no idea my 4-yr-old son is too. I was surprised when he said, “Mom, you know that Sponge Bob soap? Yeah. I need more of that and maybe you can put my name on it so Zach and Abby don’t use it?” Having a fun kids shampoo or bodywash set aside for your preschooler is key in getting him or her to wash up. Suave has a great line of Nickelodeon Inspired Products like Smurfs, Dora the Explorer, and Sponge Bob Squarepants.
3. Bright Colored Towels: We have a few beach towels we have tucked away in our bathroom cabinet, but I didn’t notice, until now, that my child always grabs one of those before he’ll reach for the fluffy white towels I have folded nicely for him. For him, the brightness and fun patterns makes it that much more comforting when he’s out of the tub. Plus, beach towels are bigger, giving him more room to wrap up from head to toe.You can also consider looking for hooded kids towels. They’re like superhero capes!
4. Easy-to-Use Soap: This child brought up a good point. He stated, “Mom, I don’t like using that white bottle of soap you bought. It slips out of my hands.” Ok. I didn’t even THINK about his tiny little hands and the inability to grip the bottle when bathing. Suave Kids body wash and shampoos have easy grip bottles, making it easier to hold.
5. Transition: Is he too old for baths? The last thing he told me was, “Momma. Sometimes? I don’t want to sit in the bath. It gets boring and cold. Can I just take a shower like Zach?” Why yes you can. Transitioning your child from baths to showers isn’t easy, but it’s the road to independence.
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