7 tips for a better bathtime

If your kid is fighting every second of bathtime, here's how to calm the waters.

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If your kids are luxuriating among the bubbles, they’re elite-level bathers. But many tots hate the possibility water might touch their face and abhor the very concept of shampoo. If she’s fighting every second of bathtime, here’s how to calm the waters.

1. No-tears shampoo
It’s all fun and games till someone gets soap in his eyes. Place a cloth on his forehead, instruct him to look at stickers you’ve stuck on the ceiling and then rinse as fast as you can. Have a towel ready.

2. Make it an event
Add some disco flair: Give them Day-Glo bracelets, dim the lights and pump the music. Toss in ice cubes or food colouring. If you make fun—not cleanliness—the priority, you’ll have a win-win scenario on your hands.

3. Take security measures
The slip and slide factor of baths can be unnerving for kids. Help them feel more secure by adding a non-skid tub mat. Or keep them steady by joining them. Let them be the boss and wash your hair for a change.

4. The more, the merrier
Take advantage of peer pressure and bathe your kids together. If he sees his older brother blowing bubbles, he might want to try it, too.

5. Change the time
Some kids hate going to bed with wet hair, or you might find nighttime baths make them more hyper. Try giving your little one a bath after a nap or before breakfast on a weekend.

6. Let them take a stand
Kids might prefer to kneel or stand in the tub. They don’t have to stay seated, especially if you have a tub mat. Or let them have a shower—your kids might like it better.

7. A little dirt is OK
Don’t insist on a bath every night—a little dirt won’t hurt. (In fact, some microbiologists recommend bathing kids less frequently.) A quick hand and face wash would suffice.

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