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Bathtime Tips: How To Make Bath Time Fun For You And Your Family

Posted on April 17 2020

baby having fun with bubbles during bath time

For some kids, bath time is the highlight of their day. Others go kicking and screaming into the tub. Whichever category your little ones fall into, this article is for you because, at the end of the day, all kids have to get clean!

Here at Babo Botanicals, we think bath time can (and should!) be fun. We want to help you make it as enjoyable as possible for everyone involved!

The best bath time is a breeze for parents, fun for kids, and safe and healthy for your little one’s delicate skin!

We’ll give you several tips for having a blast and making the most of bath time, but first, let’s quickly go over some basics about bathing newborns, toddlers, and kids.

Bath Time For Newborns

newborn in tub at bath time

For tiny little newborns, bath time should be short, sweet, and relatively infrequent!

Brand-new babies have very delicate skin, and bathing them too often can dry out or irritate their skin. Plus, it’s especially important to be careful with your newborn’s skin if they have eczema.

While sometimes a diaper blowout or a big spit-up calls for an extra bath, in general, aim to bathe your newborn no more than about two or three times a week.

Keep baths short — around 10 minutes— and use a soft washcloth to clean their body, paying close attention to those cute folds of skin.

Before you begin bath time, set out all the supplies you’ll need because once your baby is in the bath, you won’t be able to leave them alone. Safety first!

After getting your newborn out of the tub, complete the bath routine with a hydrating and protective lotion. Choosing the right lotion is especially important for babies with eczema or sensitive skin.

Babo Botanicals’s Sensitive Baby Daily Hydra Baby Lotion is a great option!

With 2% colloidal oatmeal and ultra-moisturizing calendula, chamomile, shea butter, and jojoba oil, this lotion is perfect for everyone — even babies with dry, sensitive, irritated, or eczema-prone skin!

Bath Time For Toddlers And Kids

Siblings playing with bath toys during bath time

Once your little baby grows into a toddler and then into a big kid, their skin will be able to handle more frequent bathing. You might even find that a nightly bath is a nice addition to your child’s bedtime routine!

Cleaning your child’s skin (and paying attention to nooks and crannies) is still important at this age. So is washing their hair with a hypoallergenic shampoo and applying lotion after they hop out of the tub.

One of the things that makes a toddler or child’s bath different from a newborn’s bath is that with kids, bath time can also be playtime!

Many children love to splash around in the water and could play in the bath for hours on end. Others will put up a fight every time you try to bathe them.

Whether you simply need new ideas to keep bath time fun and interesting or are desperate for some tricks to make bath time go smoothly, we’re here for you.

We’ve put together several tips on how to make bath time less stressful for you as a parent, more fun for your little one, and good for your child’s skin!

toddler at bath time using Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Shampoo & Wash

9 Tips For A Fun Bath Time

1) Relax

If your child goes kicking and screaming into the bathtub, relaxing might be the last thing you think of when you picture bath time!

But the right products can calm your child and even help get them ready to sleep, which is super beneficial if you bathe your little one right before bedtime.

To promote relaxation, try Babo Botanicals’s lavender-scented products, like our Calming Shampoo, Bubble Bath & Wash or our Calming Baby Lotion for post-bath moisturization. Both are made with the soft, soothing scent of french lavender to relax, soothe, and facilitate more restful sleep.

baby getting dried up after bath time

Plus, they’re both easy on your child’s skin and gluten-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and contain no synthetic fragrances!

Let lavender work its magic to put you and your kids at ease during bath time and even help to get everyone in the mood for bedtime!

2) Add Bubbles

When it comes to having fun in the tub, a bubble bath just never gets old! Plus, if you choose a bubble bath that’s good for your child’s skin and doesn’t contain any yucky chemicals, it’s a win-win all around.

For example, our 3 in 1 Eucalyptus Remedy™ Plant Based Shampoo, Bubble Bath and Wash is EWG Verified™, made with a plant-based formula, and created for even the most sensitive of skin — all the way from babies to adults!

Babo Botanicals Bath Time Shampoo, Bubble Bath & Wash

Since our bubble bath uses plant-based bubbling agents, it doesn’t foam like synthetic products. But it will create great bubbles if you know how to use it!

All you have to do is pour at least two capfuls of the formula under vigorously running water when you start filling the tub.

Bubbles will form, and your little one will soak in the natural vapors of eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary oil to soothe, calm, and nourish their skin and body.

3) Make Hair-Brushing A Breeze

Bath time doesn’t refer only to the time your child spends in the tub. They’ll associate “bath time” with the whole process, including getting dressed and brushing their hair afterward.

If your child always seems to have impossibly tangly hair, brushing it out can be a real pain. Literally. And you don’t want a perfectly good bath time to end in a battle over tangly hair!

Use a leave-in conditioner, like our Smoothing Detangling Spray, to control and detangle your little one’s locks. Our spray-in conditioner is also great for eliminating frizz, calming flyaways, and preventing static.

“Handy to have around” is an understatement!

Bath time detangling spray

4) Sing Or Play Music

Fun in the tub usually involves lots of bubble bath and fun bath toys. But think out-of-the-box to keep bath time interesting and motivating for your kids.

If your kids love music, consider creating a bathtime playlist and playing it from your phone. Whether or not the songs have to do with splish-splashing, your child will enjoy the fun tunes!

Or, if you’re feeling creative, inventing your own bathtime song to sing. For example, make up your own words to the tune of a kids’ song. This is the way we wash our toes, wash our toes, wash our toes…

5) Embrace Simple Toys

Bath toys don’t have to be fancy! To liven up playtime in the bathtub, take a peek in your kitchen.

A plastic cup, a new sponge, or a strainer might be just the thing. Funnels, measuring cups, and slotted spoons are also fun options. As you can see, the possibilities are endless!

6) Use Pool Toys

While sometimes simple toys are the best toys, other times you’ll need to bring in some reinforcements: the pool toys.

Pool toys are made for fun in the water, and that’s just what bath time should be! Sift through the beach bag and bottles of sunscreen to find your kid’s favorite pool toys. Give them a good scrub down before putting them in the tub.

7) Have Storytime

If your child loves reading and storytime, why not tell them a story while they’re scrub-a-dubbing? Incorporate those bath toys we mentioned above as the main characters in the story.

Let your imagination run wild and spin a tale of fish, boats, and sharks at sea!

If your little one prefers looking at books, think about getting a couple of waterproof books (yes, that’s a thing!) for the bath.

Dad with baby during bath time

8) Make It Educational

Don’t rule out learning when it comes to bath time! Whether your child is learning colors, practicing sight words, counting, or learning the names of their favorite animals, they can do it in the bathtub.

Look for foam bath tiles with letters, numbers, colors, animals, trucks, flowers…you name it! Choose something your child loves and have fun with it.

9) Play “I Spy”

Who said you can’t play regular games during bath time? Play a game of “I Spy” or adapt another one of your child’s favorite games for the bathtub.

Good, Clean Fun

Mom playing with baby during bath time

Even if your child isn’t the biggest fan of bath time, there are ways to make it what we would call “good, clean fun!” Use the nine tips we listed above to get some ideas on how to make your child’s bath time easier and more enjoyable. 

We think that one of the building blocks of a great bath time is bubble bath. So, start by stocking up on a Babo Botanicals’s Plant-Based Bubble Bath, and then choose some toys and games that suit your little one. Get them clean and have loads of fun at the same time!

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