It’s not strange that your child doesn’t like bath time. It’s upsetting and scary to many children. However, they have to get used to it because it’s part of their healthy lifestyle. You just have to use your smart tricks to make them like this essential routine.
Why Don’t They Like Bath Time?
When you want your child under five years old to take a bath, you feel you’re taking on a difficult task. They may refuse for different reasons:
- Their imagination is scaring them. For example, they might believe they’ll drown in the bathtub like one of the characters they saw on television. That fear will fade when they turn six, as they start to distinguish between the imaginary and the real.
- They feel your worry and remember, for example, that you looked scared one day when their feet slipped in the tub. This worry has passed on to them.
- They’d rather play than take a bath. They tell you they’re scared of baths just because they know you’ll feel sympathetic.
How Can You Make Them Love Bath Time?
- Tell them a story that ends with the conclusion that bath time is necessary.
- Let them know you understand their fear of baths.
- Let them play: Wash their toys, play with soap bubbles, fill a glass of water and empty it, etc.
- Show them you have confidence in their capabilities. For example, let them choose their own shampoo and ask them to clean their face on their own. If they participate in the bathing process, they’ll feel in control of the situation.
- Announce all the steps you’re taking out loud: “Now I’ll clean your back; then I’ll wash your hair… Are you ready?”
Turn Bath Time into Fun Time
- Listen to music with them. Laugh and repeat the melody by “playing” the water. They’ll imitate everything you do.
- Make up a story about the sea and act out the plot using the water in the tub and bathing tools.
Our Advice to You
Make the bathroom comfortable: a room temperature of 22℃ and water temperature of 36℃, a complete set of bathing tools, special shampoo and soap for sensitive skin and eyes, etc.
- Do this in the evenings. It will help them relax.
- Dry their hair and skin and help them get dressed as quickly as possible. It will prevent them from catching cold, or any other illness.