Since I’m familiar with these kind of challenges, here are some mom tricks for bath time that might help my friend and yours:
Babies are sometimes afraid from water or just not in the right mood for a bath. They are exploring the world around them and that includes finding out what water makes them feel, what they can do with it, and how we react to their actions during bath time while playing with bath time toys.
A common challenge for mommies is when babies get physical in the tub, splashing at them, yelling and crying during bath time. For those behaviors to not become a habit, we must familiarize water and bath time as fun and pleasant as possible using bath time toys.
Here are some mom tricks that helped me with my daughter who hated bath time as a baby, and then fell in love with her battery-operated bath time toys:
- Stay calm and smile. If you react otherwise, your baby will do it again to get another rise out of you, since for them it is translated as positive and interesting feedback to their splashing and yelling.
- Offer an entertaining bath toy. There are bath time toys designed for these situations, sensory, ones in which water runs through them, moving and spinning different figures these bath time toys include.
- Set an example. Show your baby you are exited with this special bath time toy, play with it and gradually include your baby in the game.
- Play it smart. Be patient and playful yet quietly firm to the baby’s attempt to get physical or if starts yelling and crying.