My Toddler Hates Baths: What Can I Do?

My Toddler Hates Baths: What Can I Do?

22 Mar 2023 | 5 min Read

Manisha Pradhan

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Just when you think you’ve got everything figured out as a parent and are feeling proud of it, your toddler throws a curveball! Yes, just like that, suddenly your toddler hates baths. We understand It can be frustrating and stressful for both you and your little one.

Don’t worry there are some easy ways to make bath time fun again! Here are some tips and tricks to help you get through this challenging phase and turn bath time back into a splash-tastic adventure.

Why Do Toddlers Hate Baths? 

When your toddler suddenly hates baths, the first step in solving any problem is to figure out what’s causing it. Some of the common reasons are:

  • Something may have scared your toddler during bath time
  • The water may be too hot or too cold
  • Your toddler is just testing boundaries

What Can I Do If My Toddler Suddenly Hates Baths?

Once you know what’s behind bath time aversion, you can take steps to address it and make the experience fun for them. Here’s how:

When your toddler hates baths try and find out the reason behind it first/ Image source: freepik

Make it a game 

Toddlers love games, so why not turn bath time into a fun activity? Try filling the tub with different coloured bubbles or add some glow-in-the-dark toys to the water. You could also bring some of their favourite toys into the bath with them and make up silly stories to go along with them. Make bath time a time to play and have fun, rather than a chore.

Sing, sing, sing! 

Music is a powerful tool when it comes to distracting and calming toddlers. Try singing your little one’s favourite songs or making up silly bath time jingles. You could even create a bathtime playlist and play it on a waterproof speaker in the bathroom. The sillier the better!

Add some sensory stimulation 

Toddlers are sensory beings, and adding some sensory stimulation to bath time can make it more enjoyable for them. Try adding some food colouring to the water to make it a different colour or adding some bubbles to the mix. You could also try using a washcloth or sponge to create different textures on your toddler’s skin. Just make sure everything is safe for your little one to touch and play with.

Let them help 

Toddlers love to feel helpful, so why not let them help with bath time? Give them a washcloth or sponge and let them help you wash their body. You could also let them pour the water into the tub or squeeze the shampoo onto their hair. Just make sure to supervise them and keep them safe.

Make it a special occasion 

If your toddler is still resistant to bath time, try making it a special occasion. Have a “spa day” and give your little one a mini-manicure or foot massage. You could also let them pick out a special bath toy or bubble bath. Make bath time something to look forward to, rather than a chore.

Change the routine 

Toddlers thrive on routine, but sometimes changing things up can be helpful. If your little one is bored with bath time, try switching up the routine a bit. Try bathing them in the morning instead of at night, or let them play in the tub for a few extra minutes.

Be patient 

Above all, be patient with your toddler. This is a phase that will pass, and pushing them to take a bath when they’re upset will only make things worse. Take a deep breath, try some of these tips, and remember that this too shall pass.

With a little creativity and patience, you can turn bath time into a fun and enjoyable experience for both you and your toddler/ Image source: freepik

Tried And Tested Fun Ways To Get A Toddler Who Hates Baths To Enjoy It!

Now that you have some ideas for making bath time fun, I am sharing some of my tried and tested funny bath time stories to help you see the humour in the situation.

When my daughter was two, she suddenly decided she hated baths. No amount of coaxing or bribing would get her into the tub. One night, I had a bright idea to try a bubble bath. I filled the tub with bubbles, and my daughter was instantly intrigued. She dipped her toes in, then squealed with delight as she realised how much fun it was to play in the bubbles. She spent the next half hour happily splashing around, and from that day on, she looked forward to bath time as a bubble-filled adventure.

Another time, I decided to try adding some food colouring to her bath water to make it a different colour. My daughter was hesitant at first, but as soon as she saw the water turn pink, she was hooked. She spent the entire bath time pretending she was swimming in the ocean and searching for hidden treasures. It was amazing how such a small change could make such a big difference in her attitude towards bath time.

With a little creativity and patience, you can turn bath time back into a fun experience for both you and your little one. Try some of these tips and tricks, and don’t forget to laugh at the funny moments along the way. Before you know it, bath time will be a splash-tastic adventure once again!

Keep these natural products handy for your toddler’s bathtime:

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