10 Tips For BathTime
1. Preparation is key
To get your bath time routine down pat, the one thing you need to do is like anything in parenthood – be prepared! Have everything set up and ready to go.
“Have nappies, clothes and a nice warm towel ready to wrap up your baby in (burrito style) once you’re ready to them out. Make sure to talk and reassure your baby with a calm voice and a smile on your face as you splash bits of water over her body,” says Lisa.
If your baby senses you’re nervous, she will be too. A calm, reassuring voice will assure that she’s comfortable and totally safe, making more time for play and fun.
2. Use a bath aid
To make sure your baby is as safe and as supported as possible we recommend using a bath aid – if you’re baby is still young enough, of course!
“Babies are like slippery little eels in the bath and are more likely to cry if they don’t feel supported and safe,” says Lisa.
“A bath aid will help with this and give you more confidence as you won’t be worrying about your baby slipping out of your hands and going under the water.” It also gives you the opportunity to be more hands on, splash around, use toys and give her all the attention she needs.
3. “Bath talk” is a must
Did you know the number of words a child hears by the age of three is linked to their academic success? Yeahuh. Talk to your baby during bath time and show her things like floating bubbles, splashing and the bath sponge. Make sure she gets a good wash but make sure you’re having fun while doing it! Pulling faces and making her laugh is another great way to lighten the mood and help her to relax.
4. Use a fragranced bath product
Baby products are one of the most nostalgic scents out there. This is because smells can evoke our memory more than any other sense we have. And even better, research has shown that familiar scents improve mood and alertness! Use calming fragrances and we promise, there’ll be more sleep and less crying before bed! Hurrah.
We never realised that baby massaging was an actual thing, until now. In fact, many Asian countries around the world see it as an important part of their daily bath time routine! And according to new stats, it proves to be a pretty significant part of a baby’s development.
Research has shown that infants who experienced routine touch and massage were 50 percent MORE likely to make eye contact and 3 times MORE likely to have an overall positive expression. It’s also shown to improve alertness and cognitive performance in babies too.
But, how do you give a baby massage? Lisa says, “Many babies enjoy baby massage after a bath, but there are some who really don’t like it in the beginning so timing is key. If your baby is hungry and expecting a feed straight after a bath then it’s very likely they won’t tolerate a massage post bath and will just want you to get her dressed and fed, stat”. Try to incorporate baby massage into your routine as early as possible this way it becomes something that’s to be expected rather than an unfamiliar experience. The older they get the more welcoming they’ll be to new experiences.
6. Bubbles are important
We know some mums aren’t into all the bath frills, but while we respect a mum’s decision to do so, we still need to tell you about how important fragrance and bubbles can be for your baby!
Bubbles help babies develop hand-eye coordination and discover objects exist even when they can’t be seen! Introduce a bubble bath and allow her to feel and splash around in the bubbles.
Lisa says, “Babies enjoy floating around in the water and even tasting and smelling the bubbles when you begin to add those in. Bath toys can be offered and she will love to see and learn about which ones float or sink and pouring and filling them as she gets older”. It also makes a great introduction to the idea of swimming so when your baby has lessons she’ll be much more relaxed about it.
7. Splashing is good for your baby
When your baby splashes around, instead of trying to calm her why not join in? Splashing helps teach baby’s cause and effect.
Bath time is a bonding, teaching and learning experience for your little one and all the more scents, shapes and toys you expose her to, the more she’ll have to learn from.
8. Make a bath time playlist
Never thought of it? Bath time songs can stimulate parts of your baby’s brain that are responsible for memory. Songs such as the 5 Little Ducks and Splish, Splash, Splosh are great additions to any bath time playlist. And remember, when giving your little one a bath, NO phones allowed. This is your time together – make the most of it!
9. Be affectionate
Be loving to your baby when they’re in the bath. Things like blowing kisses, laughing or gently and lovingly touching your baby can create lasting memories that will last forever. When smell and touch are stimulated a baby links those feel good memories to that scent through smell. Make this one to remember…
10. Cuddle time
Research shows that close contact between mum and baby helps calm your baby’s breathing, which proves just how important that post bath cuddle is.
Now it’s time to put your feet up…