Bath time can be such great fun for babies when they start to develop a little control over their arms and legs. All that splashing and reaching for toys! But what about younger babies who aren’t yet able to play in the same way? There’s no reason why bath time should be boring for them. And since we’re on a mission to #MakeBathTimeFun we thought it would be a good idea to share some tips on stimulating young babies at bath time. Read on to find out more…
Get the level of excitement right
Bath time in many households is a splashy affair, with lots of laughter and merriment. That’s great! And if you have older children, there’s a good chance that your young baby will love to watch the shenanigans at bath time too. But beware. Some babies can become over stimulated with too much excitement and activity, and let’s not forget that most of us choose bath our babies right before bedtime. So you want them to become nice and relaxed before they head off to sleep for the night. So watch your baby. If she seems to be getting a little too worked up, or even upset at too much going on in the tub, scale it back a bit. It might be a good idea to bathe her separately, or ask older children to help you with some of the following ideas.
Soft, gentle songs are the perfect way to entertain young babies in the bath. Don’t forget she has been listening to your voice the whole time she was inside you, and now that the outside world is a lot bigger and perhaps a lot scarier, hearing you speak and sing is likely to bring lots of comfort. So sing away, it doesn’t matter what song you choose- so long as you maintain eye contact and smile, your baby is likely to find this a very relaxing way to enjoy bath time!
Babies respond well to touch, as we all do as human beings in fact, and gently tickling her as you wash her can be a lovely way to keep her stimulated at bath time. Don’t go too mad though- save the tickle monster for the older kids!
Use the senses
Babies use their senses a lot and rely on them to help them make sense of the world around them. You can develop this at bath time by using differently scented (baby safe) bubble bath in the water, or by letting your baby look into a mirror. Small bath toys that light up are great too, and you can encourage your baby to reach out for them and hold them too. It’s also a good idea to use differently textured wash cloths and towels for your baby to feel while she’s in the bath too, and don’t forget to talk to her about how they feel.
In it together
Why not pop into the bath with your baby? It’s probably the easiest way to hold her, and a wonderful opportunity for skin to skin contact too. Make sure you have someone on hand to get her out when you’re finished, but until then enjoy.
If you have a pot of blowing bubbles, bring them into the bathroom and blow them up into the air. Young babies love to watch them float and this could be a lovely way to calm her down if she becomes upset.
Remember that young babies will only want to be in the bath for a few minutes, and you will need to fully supervise at all times. With this in mind, use your imagination and be creative with the different ways that you stimulate her. Hopefully this will help to develop a love of bath time! Let’s all join the mission to #MakeBathTimeFun!