Bathing Your Toddler (2-4 years)
Toddler Bath Tips and Tricks
There are always times where things won’t go as smoothly as you would hope. Bath time should be fun for everyone and can be a great bonding experience for Mom, Dad and baby. Here are a few tips to help keep bath time full of laughs, song and bubbles.
- Avoid giving your baby a bath immediately after he’s eaten. Baby is more likely to spit up post-meal, and you don’t want him to need a second bath before he’s even out of the first.
- Baby has probably been in the big tub for a while now, but to keep him extra comfy, try using a bath seat or a bath ring (find one which securely attaches to the base of the tub) to keep baby from slipping.
- Avoid giving your child bubble baths. Evidence shows that they increase the incidence of bladder inflammation.
- Bathtubs are incredibly slippery, so outfit yours with a rubber bath mat for more secure seating. This can also be important since your little one will try to stand on his own. (Make sure you’re holding on to your toddler, even with a no-slip mat)
- A rubberized or spongy spout cover can protect your toddler’s head from nasty bumps or cuts. Also, be sure that any sliding glass shower doors are made from safety glass. Make sure the bathroom is warm, draft-free, and a place you both can relax and be comfortable.
- Remember to keep the baby diapered (especially boys who are known to shoot straight up at less than opportune moments) until you’re ready to wash that area, or place baby in the tub.
- If your toddler is potty-trained, be sure to ask them if they need to go before getting in the tub.