I will be the first to admit that baby number three does not get nearly as many baths as her two older brothers got when they were little. Having three kids under five is BUSY and it’s often just easier to grab the baby for a quick wash-down when I’m jumping in the shower myself, rather than trying to give her a full bath. However, bath time is not just about getting a scrub down, it’s also a time for sensory play and bonding.
The benefits of bath time go far beyond just getting clean:
• Get Daddy (or Grandma) involved: When you have a new baby, husbands and grandparents are looking for ways to help out. Mom can get a few moments of peace by passing off bath-time fun to a family member. Not only does it allow Mom to enjoy a brief break, it also gives the family some important bonding time.
• Sensory play: Water, splashing and bubbles. Bath time is a sensory wonderland for babies and toddlers. By letting them explore and use their senses, they’re learning about the environment around them and cause-and-effect.
• Technology free time: Bath time is a time when parents put down their phones and get engaged with their kids. Sing songs, play with the bubbles, splash away and be a little silly.
• Sibling play: When a new baby enters the scene, it can be difficult for older siblings to adapt. The new baby doesn’t really “do” anything, and they can’t really play games together yet. Bath time is a fun time where very little skill is needed to have fun together and it’s a great way to let siblings bond.
• Benefits of touch: Touch is critical for cognitive and emotional development. Bath time with a massage afterward is a great way to help your baby relax, calm down and feel secure.
Burt’s Bees’ Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash, one of the Today’s Parent Approved products, makes bath time even easier. The mild, tear-free formula makes it perfect for washing skin and hair. Yes, you can “get the job done” with a single bottle of soap—lifesaver!
Available in two varieties, regular with a very mild scent and fragrance free, parents can choose the one that is right for their family. And you’ll be happy to know that a little bit of this soap goes a long way in getting your children smelling fresh and clean again.
And you don’t have to worry about this soap giving your baby a rash. Burt’s Bees’ Baby Bee Shampoo is made with lime, coconut and sunflower oil. There are no sulfates or parabens so parents can feel good about using this product on their sweet baby’s skin.
Make bath time extra fun, and explore all the other benefits of baths that go beyond just getting clean!
Kate of LittleMissKate.ca, is mom of three kids under five. She lives with her kids in Ontario. Kate works to embrace the chaos of motherhood one day at a time and loves sharing family-friendly recipes and family travel adventures. Follow her on Twitter @LilMissKateco and check out her YouTube channel for more helpful reviews.
This two-in-one hair and body wash keeps bathtime simple. Coconut and sunflower oils and soy protein make up a mild, tear-free formula that’s free of sulfates and parabens, making it perfect for baby’s soft skin and hair. The gentle scent smells yummy, too.
Parents say: “This soap was wonderful. It smelled great and left my daughter squeaky clean.”
Where to buy: $10, burtsbees.ca>