Apart from the first few early weeks, Aidan has never been a fan of bathtime. He will either scream from the second his skin touches the water (which is neither too hot nor too cold) or he will save it up for a major meltdown when the washing actually begins. This usually results in a stressful, 2 minute, not rinsed properly, now I am soaked too, type of situation. Taking all this into account I usually brand baths as “Daddy time” and make up a lovely speech about how lovely it will be for them to bond during bathtime – more than just a pretty face you see!
However, sometimes Daddy has to work meaning that I must brave the terror. Tonight was one of those nights. I faced into bathtime with a toddler who was already having a bad day, refused dinner, was cutting back molars and was getting tired – every parents dream situation!
Well get this, I got through it with a squeeky clean, fully washed, completely rinsed haired boy with zero tears. ZERO! How did I manage this magic you ask? Well here are 3 things I done differently…
1. Small amount of water
I love to get into a bath and be completely submerged in water, now obviously I don’t do that with Aidan but I have always about half filled the bath. Tonight I thought what’s the point if he is just going to scream to get out in 3 minutes, it would be a waste. So, I only filled the bath about 3 inches deep and he loved splashing his feet on the top of the water.
2. Face cloth
Usually the biggest trauma for him comes when water gets on his face so I brought a face cloth to pat his face if he splashed water on it. It also helped when rinsing his hair as I was able to dry his face straight away – I would rinse and cover his face with the cloth immediately as if it were hide and seek, it worked a treat! Toddlers, once something becomes a game they are all about it!
This may have just helped because he is cutting some back molars but after cleaning his teeth I gave Aidan his tooth brush to chomp on for a little longer while I tidied back his toys and emptied the bath. (Another must for us because when taking Aidan out of the bath he tries to run and climb – that mixed with the water is cause for disaster and major back pain so I usually drain the bath, put his towel on and then take him out.) I let him have it up until he was in his pyjamas so that he was distracted and not trying to wiggle away.
Overall, considering his mood of today, tonights bath time couldn’t have went any better and I will definitely be using these tips again… or at least sharing them with Daddy for bath time bonding.