With a 2-year-old and 4-year-old, I have given my kids quite a few baths in the past four years. Some days, they’re excited to get wet and play in the water. Other days, it is a struggle to get them in the bath and have a successful (and happy) bath time experience. I have learned a few tricks to make bath time a pleasant and enjoyable experience for them- and for me, too! After all, bath time is a daily occurrence, so making it a positive experience is a worthwhile goal!
Tips for a Positive Bath Experience for Kids
1. Organize your gear: Since children cannot be left alone in water for any amount of time (even in shallow water levels), it is imperative to take some time before the bath to collect all your bath time gear. You could also store everything you might need right next to the bath tub to avoid this step entirely. (I can’t tell you how many times I put my kid in the bath, and then had to take them right back out once I realized I forgot something in the other room!) Take a few moments beforehand to make sure you’re all set! Some stuff that you might need include towels, toys and fresh clothes!
2. Get the water temperature right: For obvious reasons, it’s super important to make sure that the water is not too hot for your kids. If you own your house and can control the temperature of the water heater, adjust it so that the water temp is no higher than 125 degrees. This gives you (and your child) plenty of time to react to hot water before any burns can happen! And always, make sure you test the temperature of the water with your hand and arm before placing a child in the water!
3. Bring toys in the water: If your child is a little hesitant to go in the water, consider making bath-time a time to play! And you’re not limited to only rubber duckies, either! We’ve brought all kinds of fun toys into the bath, including plastic blocks, plastic figurines and plastic books. Even a set of plastic cups, baskets and funnels make fun pouring toys in the water! Always make sure to drain and dry the toys once bath time is over. And of course, don’t bring into the water any electronic toys, fabric toys or metal toys.
4. Let kids participate: One thing that I’ve found always gets my kids excited for bath time is when I tell them they can help to wash themselves! I recently had the opportunity to experience the new Body Wash Infused Animal Sponges by Spongellé! These things are so cool, because they are sponges that have a built-in body wash. This makes getting clean in the bath a fun and effortless experience for kids. They are available in 4 fun animal shapes: yellow duck, green dog, pink butterfly and orange fish. We got to try the pink butterfly!
What I’m absolutely loving about this product is that the body wash is infused in the sponge, so there’s less mess and less waste! If I give a bottle of body wash to my kids, the whole bottle will be emptied out in a matter of minutes! (This has happened several times now- I should learn my lesson!) I also love that the Spongellé sponges are hypoallergenic, sulfate-free, paraben-free & dermatologist-tested! Oh, and the scent is absolutely amazing – it smells like a sweet, delicious fruit!
All you have to do is immerse the sponge in water and squeeze it to release the lather!
This sponge creates such a rich, luxurious and full lather! The kids absolutely had a blast with it!
Spongellé has been selling luxurious, infused bath products since 2003 and is 100% USA-made! Their sponges are designed to pamper and beautify the skin. And the texture helps to gently exfoliate and whisk away dry skin cells!
And if you’ve followed this blog for some time, you’ll know I love to repurpose stuff! Since this sponge is the shape of a butterfly, it would make an adorable homemade stamp- similar to how I made these foam stamps or these pumpkin stamps! All you would need to do is dip the sponge into a tray of acrylic paint and stamp away! So fun! You could create a custom butterfly wrapping paper or just a whimsical wall artwork! My sponge is still full of body wash so I won’t be dipping it in paint just yet! But once I have used up all the body wash, I will post about my butterfly sponge repurposed into a homemade butterfly stamp!
So, are you interested to try out these sponges for yourself and your kids? Be sure to use code BBLOGGER20, which is good for 20% off through October 19th! And check out the selection at Spongellé and tell me which animal your child would love to play with the most!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Spongellé, but all opinions are mine alone.