The resistance of some children when taking a bath generates many conflicts between parents and children and great headaches in an almost always typical scenario: The mother, with a lot of other obligations to do, is in a hurry and the child creates several obstacles to enter the bath and when he enters, the fight is to leave.
To alleviate this scenario and convince children that bathing is an essential hygiene habit, important for health and that will be part of their entire life, the tip is to make this moment as pleasant and fun as possible. And to help you in this task, we have selected some tips for you.
set the example
Most of what children learn is from example. Bathing with your child can be a way to demonstrate how good it is, how good it is and how important and pleasant it is to always be clean and fragrant. This attitude will help influence the child more than any other argument.
drive away the fears
Children’s resistance to bathing may be linked to their fear of water, in this case, it is essential to prevent them from slipping in the bathtub and putting their head under the water at once. When making the transition from the bathtub to the shower, start with the shower head, which usually has less intense jets.
Invite your favorite characters
No child likes to interrupt a game to do a chore, but when bathing becomes another game as fun as any other, things change. Separate toys that he likes and that can be wet to help distract the child while you wash him.
toys with foam
Playing with foam can also turn into a big party. In addition to distracting the child, it stimulates the imagination. Choose child-specific soaps and shampoos to prevent the foam from getting into the eyes and causing irritation, which would create new trauma.
Drawings in the box
The steam from the bath makes the shower glass cloudy, which turns into a real board for the child to write letters, numbers and have fun making various drawings and letting their imaginations run wild.
sing in the shower
Bathing is a time of relaxation, so many adults have the habit of singing in the bath. For children, in addition to relaxing, this habit can be fun. And you can sing your favorite song with him, while he gets distracted by the lyrics, you enjoy it and leave him clean.
Choose the appropriate time
Bath time should also be taken into account. Choosing the same time to create a routine is essential to incorporate bathing as a habit, but be sensible and don’t require the child to bathe at the time of their favorite drawing, for example.
Explain the importance of bathing
Every adult knows the importance of bathing for hygiene, health and even social life. However, for a child, especially for small ones, it is not very easy to assimilate such factors. Even so, they must be incorporated by children from an early age.
don’t lose patience
The child can cry, kick, run away, pretend not to hear when the mother says it’s bath time and any of these attitudes can get the mother out of her mind, but as difficult as it may seem, avoid losing your mind. Before taking any energetic action, she takes a deep breath and gets around the situation.
For all this fun to be accompanied by safety, remember that under no circumstances should the child be alone in the bathroom, which is usually a slippery environment when wet. Any minute of distraction can be enough for a slip and even drowning. Always keep the bathroom safe, with non-slip mats and don’t neglect your little one for a minute.
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