Every parent loves to spend time with their baby, and what better way than bonding over a bath? Honestly, babies love to bathe because of the splashing of water and so many other fun reasons.
However, it is essential to ensure extra safety from water while bathing a baby. Choosing a perfect bathtub is of utmost importance.
Is a baby bathtub essential?
While many parents choose to bathe their baby in their family bathtub, it is recommended to use a baby bathtub instead. Some parents also choose to shower with their baby but holding a baby and standing in a wet shower can be risky and challenging.
Another option most parents try is bathing their baby in a sink, added with a baby bath seat that provides support.
Despite all these options, a baby bathtub remains the safest choice for your baby. Such bathtubs are made with the safety of the baby in mind. Such bathtubs mostly have an anti-slip surface that helps to hold the baby upright while bathing. As newborns cannot hold their heads up for long, it is essential to bathe them in smaller vessels initially rather than adult-sized tubs.
Note- Always keep a watch on your baby while in the bathtub. Never leave them unattended.
Bathtubs offer your baby a comforting space to splash and play with water. Cleaning such a baby bathtub is also a convenient experience as a cleansing wipe or warm soap water can do it. It is always a 100% more hygienic option than bathing your baby in a sink or adult bathtub.
Top qualities to watch out for in a baby bathtub
We understand that babies are where the heart of every parent lives. This is why here we have mentioned some qualities of a baby bathtub to check before your purchase–
- A non-skid surface in the tub’s inner and outer parts is a must. It ensures that your baby or the tub will not slip while wiggling or playing with water.
- The edges of the baby bathtub should be smooth and rounded. It will reduce the chances of bruises if the baby falls while bathing.
- The bathtub should be easy to carry wherever you want to bathe your baby. Also, it should be flexible so that it can be used for a couple of years when the baby is growing.
- The cleaning and water drainage of the tub should be efficient. Lack of proper drainage will lead to mold and mildew, making the tub unhygienic for the baby.
Now that you know the importance of the perfect bathtub for your baby, here are some ideas to make bath time even more fun-filled!
Top ideas to make bath time more enjoyable
Pick the best bath toys.
Bath toys are available in plenty in the market. However, the best ones are those that help the baby to learn while playing.
You can select plastic cups for them as it will encourage them to learn to pour, dump and fill. Also, you can choose floating sea creatures, which will quickly let them know the names of various sea creatures.
Kids love bubbles
When your kid is younger, you can blow the bubble and let them pop. As they keep growing, you can ask them to blow while you pop. With bubbles, your kid will start learning the concepts of big, small, float, and pop.
The kid will learn these new words easily without effort and all in the bath time game! When they blow the bubbles, they will also know the idea of fast and slow to form those soap bubbles.
Bring on the Sponge
A sponge is every kid’s love! They soak and squeeze them while pretending to be cleaning something. Early math skills such as water displacement and volume can be learned while playing with a sponge in the bath. Combine sponges of different shapes and sizes to add to the fun and excitement of the kid.
Let your kids squeeze the sponge back into the container, as it will give them ideas about water and its impact on shape.
Make more foam
When there’s more foam, kids love it! With foam, you can let your kid make different figures in hand. Also, you can make a beard and mustache on your kid’s face when you have ample foam.
You can try out various hairstyles on yourself, and this will definitely make the kid burst into joyful laughter.
Try singing and bath books.
You can start singing popular bathing rhymes or any of your favorite songs when inside the tub. Your kid will also join, and it will enhance their skill in singing and understanding rhymes in a fun manner.
There are various bath books available in the market that you can carry to the bathtub and read out loud. You can pick stories related to adventure, sea creatures, and water so that it engages your kid more.
Splash out loud!
Believe it or not, we know kids love splashing water in the bathtub. Enjoy the time with them and start splashing water by hitting the water with your hands.
Let your kid do the same but ensure safety, so they do not get injured. The echo of the splashing water gives kids immense fun and joy; go ahead and enjoy it with them.
Play with ice cubes
Scientific concepts such as water changing its form to ice can be easily taught to kids with ice cubes. When in the bathtub, play with ice cubes, and they will be amused to witness two different forms of water together.
Try adding some food color to the water to make ice cubes. Mix them in the bathtub and let your kid separate the different colors. Kids will be further amazed when they see the same ice getting melted in water and changing color of it. It’s a simple and efficient way to teach the kid science.
Try out real toys
Bath toys often lose their shine after a period of time. It is suggested that you try to add some real toys and figures made of rubber and plastic. It will add to the fun, and kids will love it as they will mostly float in the water.
These real toys also easily sustain the soapy water effect and hence will be in the same shape for a long time.
Try glow-in-the-dark tub
Kids are immediately attracted to something that glows in the dark. Try adding glow sticks to the tub water to turn around the entire look of the bathtub instantly. Also, add some glow decal stickers on the bathtub’s wall so that the glow remains constant.
This will also let your kids better understand the luminescent properties that create the bathtub glow.
Keep it natural
Children love to bathe in water, and they also love to play in natural open spaces. How about you combine both of them and make bath time super fun?
You can definitely try doing this by adding certain natural elements to the bathtub. Add some leaves, twigs, pine cones or stones to the bathtub. See which of them float easily and which sink quickly.
Note- Ensure you do not include sharp or hard natural things in the bathtub as they may injure the kid.
Play bathtub football with kids
Get footballs that are lightweight and bring them to the bathtub. Kids get excited when they get a ball to play with. Allow them to play free shots with the football.
They’ll splash water all over the place as they keep playing with the ball. Make sure that the surface isn’t soapy, or else the kids may have the chance to slip.
Let them play with running water.
Allow your kids to play with running water to experience water flow to the hands. When you let them play with running water, make sure to start with a shallow bath so they do not waste much water.
Get them some bottles which they can fill from the running or dripping water. Let them hold the shower head with their hands so they feel the feeling of controlling the water flow.
Cognitive benefits of bathtime for kids – A must-know!
As per popular studies, bath time is important for your kid’s cognitive and emotional development. Their senses are heightened during bath time, enabling their brain to focus better.
The feeling of water on the body, watching the water splash and playing all the above-mentioned games in the tub de-stresses babies. It is known to promote good sleep for kids.
Use words such as splash, drip, pour, spray, and slippery during the bath routine. It will also boost their vocabulary at an early age.
Bath time is all about having fun while ensuring that the kid learns something new! Go ahead and make the most of your kid’s next bath session!
I’m a former teacher with a background in child development and a passion for creating engaging and educational activities for children. I strongly understand child development and know how to create activities to help children learn and grow. Spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and volunteering in my community.