Bath time is an important part of your child’s routine, but it can be hard to keep your little one entertained. Luckily there are tons of ways you can make bath time fun for both you and your toddler!
Bring in Toys.
Another way to keep your child happy and busy during bath time is by bringing in some toys. This can be anything from rubber ducks to a small pool.
If you have a toddler, it’s important to avoid any small toys that could be a choking hazard. Instead, go for things they can play with while in the water, like rubber ducks or squirt guns.
If you’re using a baby bathtub, you can also try bringing in a few of their favorite soft toys.
Having something to look at and focus on will help keep them calm and distracted from the water. The key is to make sure the toys are easily accessible, so you don’t have to spend the bath time reaching for them!
I recommend toy letters and numbers to help you easily incorporate educational learning time with playtime. They are thick, brightly colored foam letters that stick to walls so they can spell out words. Take this time to teach your young children the names and sounds of the letters as you sing the alphabet song.
Put on Music.
One of the easiest ways to make bath time fun is by turning on some music. Sing songs, dance around, or play with your child in the tub! They might giggle when you splash them with water or sing into their shampoo bottle.
This can keep the mood light if you’re having trouble getting your child into the tub or if they’re resisting getting in at all. It also makes them more likely to dance while they scrub up which makes for good entertainment!
Try Pandora stations like Kids Bop or Disney Radio, so there’s no arguing over what songs come on next. There are tons of kid-friendly songs.
Incorporate Fun Activities.
There are plenty of other activities you can do during bath time that isn’t just playing with toys or singing songs. You can have races, play catch, or make some homemade bath paints.
All you need is some cornstarch, food coloring, and water. Combine one tablespoon of cornstarch with about 5-10 drops of food coloring in a cup. Stir until the color is fully mixed in, and then add enough water to make it into a liquid paint consistency.
Your child will love painting the walls of the bathtub (or themselves!) with these brightly colored paints. Just be sure to rinse them off with soap and water when you’re done!
Another activity you can do during bath time is playing with shaving cream. This is a great way to keep your child entertained and get them clean at the same time!
All you need is some shaving cream, a bowl, and some small toys or kitchen utensils. Fill the bowl with shaving cream and let your child play with the toys in it. They can pretend it’s snow, make mountains, or just have fun squishing it through their fingers.
When they’re done playing, help them scrub the shaving cream off with a washcloth and some soap. You’ll be surprised how much of the dirt and grime come off with it!
Have a bath party with friends or family.
You can make it a once-a-week tradition to invite over the grandparents or other kids in the neighborhood. It’s not only fun but ensures that bath time won’t be as traumatic if you have an extra set of hands around to help with your child.
All you need is some bubbles, toys, and snacks for everyone to enjoy after they’re done getting clean and playing in the water. This also helps take some stress off of parents who might be feeling overwhelmed by trying to entertain their child all on their own.
Not only will your toddlers enjoy the company, but they’ll also love playing with multiple toys. It’s a fun way to socialize with other young children while you focus on cleaning up your kids.
Add a bubble bath to the water.
If you’re looking for a way to make bath time more fun, consider adding some bubble baths to the water. This will create a bubbly and foamy mess that your child will love playing in.
Just be careful not to add too much, or it will be hard to clean off!
There are plenty of different bubble bath options to add to your water when you’re giving your child a bath. They can range from scented ones that smell like flowers to special bubbly formulas.
There are even some bubble baths that you can add to your existing water to make it extra bubbly. These work great when you don’t want to spend much on refills and can work in most bathtubs.
If you don’t want to go with a commercial bubble bath, try creating your own at home instead.
This gives you complete control over the ingredients, so you know exactly what is going into your child’s skin while they are playing in the tub.
All you need is some dish soap, water, and a few other optional ingredients if you want to make it smell nice or color it. You can combine this all in large containers or jars before placing them in the bathroom when bath time is coming up.
Once everything is mixed together, place your soap mixture into the bathtub with your child for some bubbly fun!
Make fun faces out of their toys.
This is a great way for little ones to pass time while waiting for you to wash their hair or scrub their backs! It keeps them distracted and gives their imaginations a chance to run wild.
All you need is a cup, some water, and some of your child’s toys. Fill up the cup with water and place the toys in it. Have your child look at the toy and then try to make the same face out of the water. This is a great way to teach them about reflection and how objects can be distorted.
When they’re done, help them pour out the water and put the toys away. It’s amazing how much fun you can have during bath time with just a few simple items!
Use fun-shaped soaps and lotion.
If your child is a little older, you can start using fun-shaped soaps and lotion during their baths. This will make it more enjoyable for them and help distract them from any worries they might have about getting clean.
There are a ton of different shapes and sizes that you can find at most stores. If you want to get creative, you can even make your own soap balls or lotion bars with some simple ingredients.
This is a great way to add some extra fun to bath time while also helping keep your child clean and smelling nice.
Let your toddler have a say in what they want.
Children love having some fun choices in what they want to do, especially when it comes to something they’re expected to do, like taking a bath. It can help them feel more involved and will make the process go by much faster.
If your child is old enough, let them pick out which toys or books they want near the tub during their next bath. They may even ask if they can bring certain items in with them for extra playtime!
This is a great way to teach responsibility without making too big of an issue over getting every toy picked up afterward. Plus, it’s more likely that your child will actually get cleaned up if you let them choose how their time is spent while bathing.
Add some fun colors and scents to your bathwater.
If you want to add some extra fun to bath time, consider adding some colorful water and scents to the mix. This can be done by adding a few drops of food coloring to the bathtub or pouring in some scented oils.
Your child will love watching the colors change as they play and will enjoy the smell of the different oils. This is a great way to make bath time more sensory-friendly and help them relax after a long day.
Be sure to supervise your child closely when using any of these methods, especially if you add food coloring to the water. Some colors can be harmful if ingested.
Lavender, peppermint, and vanilla extract are all great options when it comes to natural essential oils. If you want a fun way to add some scent, try combining a few of your favorite oils.
Incorporate stories into their baths.
If you want to make bath time even more special, consider incorporating stories into the process. This can be done by reading stories aloud to your child or having them read stories to you.
This is a great way to help them learn how to read and also relax them for a good night’s sleep. It can also be a fun way for you to spend some quality time with your child.
Bath time doesn’t have to be boring – with a few simple additions; you can make it an enjoyable experience for both you and your child!
Bath time doesn’t have to be a dreaded event. With a few tricks up your sleeve, you can make it into an enjoyable experience for both you and your child.
Try out some of these ideas and see which works best for you and your family.
Brenda Tillman is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Practitioner, a dedicated mom blogger, and a life enthusiast. She also has completed courses on Parenting Skills, Learning, and Education. She is married and is the proud mother of a boy and two girls. She loves being with her family and pets. She has been blogging for over five years now and enjoys sharing her thoughts on parenting, relationships, health & fitness as well as other topics that come up in life.