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How Do You Get a Toddler to Sit Through Bath Time?

By Danielle |

Making it fun!

My oldest son always loved taking a bath and to this day still does. He will also jump in the shower with me and was up quickly with no issue. Then came my middle son – my toddler who hates taking baths.

It is a downright nightmare to get him into the bathroom once he hears the water running. He hasn’t always been like this, but I am still looking back trying to figure out where the hell it all went wrong.

Now I am down to coaxing him into the bathroom with treats, toys, bath crayons or whatever I can do to actually get him into the tub with his brother.

Hell, I even thought having big brother in the tub with him would make it fun… like another opportunity to play. The fact of the matter is it didn’t help at all.

While it is starting to get more tolerable, it still isn’t smooth sailing getting my dirty kid clean. And when I call him the dirty kid… I mean he is like Pigpen from the Peanuts. Within an hour of a bath it looks like I sent him into a mud pit in our backyard and I have yet to figure out how he manages to get dirty like this.

One day I will find his secret stash of filth… one day!

In the mean time I put together my list of tricks and I also reached out to the readers for some advice on making bath time more — easy.

Be ready for a laugh because the readers really dished some jokes!

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Surviving Bath Time - One Tip at a Time!

Bath Crayons!

This has been a huge help recently in our bath tub experiences. Simply giving them washable bath crayons to decorate your tub while they was works wonders! And several readers also suggested using bath crayons!
Lifesaver in my eyes!
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0 thoughts on “How Do You Get a Toddler to Sit Through Bath Time?

  1. Tara says:

    Our son loves the bath, so I can’t totally relate to a child hating it, but Melissa Jordan posted the idea (on her blog) of putting glow sticks in the bath and dimming the lights for an extra level of fun. We tried this last night for the first time and it was a big hit! We got a multicolored pack of glow sticks from Target for just a few dollars and will be using this again!

    My hubby works and travels a lot and when he is home it is his favorite to hop in the bath with our son and he loves that, too. Who doesn’t love a playmate?!?! Definitely makes the bath a lot more fun and opens up the opportunity for more bonding time.

    1. Danielle says:

      @Tara – Surprisingly we actually tried the glow stick trick. Unfortunately it turned into a nightmare.
      The glow sticks we had were too thin and the two year old ended up actually BREAKING it and it splashed INTO his eyes. Total disaster.
      Needless to say after the glow stick bath incident – glow sticks are officially banned in our house. At least the thin ones!

  2. The Mommy Psychologist says:

    Where does all the filth come from? And the sand? Sand has taken over my house. Love the bath crayons. We are already huge fans. Also, a basketball hoop has helped him enjoy his baths a bit more too.

    “The child psychologist who thought she had all the answers to parenting until she became one herself.”

  3. Jaqueline Straus says:

    My 17 month old son used to hate taking baths, he still doesn’t like water over his eyes, so we use a foam visor (got at Target on clearance in craft section) when washing his hair. Recently, he has enjoyed having plastic cheap beach toys in the tub, a small sand bucket, shovel. He is also enjoying using a washcloth to “wash” himself with a pat here and rub there.

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