Splish splash, it’s time for a bath! Bathtime is never dull with a toddler around, and keeping bathtimes fun, entertaining and safe will make sure they are a positive experience for all.
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about toddler bathtimes…
How often should I bathe my toddler?
Many toddlers make a habit out of getting as dirty as possible, but that doesn’t mean you need to bathe them every single day. In fact, some medical professionals have found links between too frequent bathing and skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis. Stick to the same routine you established when they were a newborn, with baths 2-3 times per week and top to tailing in between.
What times should I bathe my toddler?
It’s safest to bathe your baby at a time when they aren’t too tired, hungry or when they’ve just eaten. If your baby is calm and relaxed, this will avoid stress and help them enjoy bathtimes. Many parents find bathing their toddler in the evening before bed is a good way to help them unwind.
What’s the best way to give my toddler a bath?
From around 6 months, many toddlers can sit upright unaided for an amount of time. This is when you can switch from the bath support or portable bath you used with your newborn, to a bath seat.
The Safety 1st Swivel Bath Seat is suitable for babies 6-12 months and is ergonomically designed for maximum comfort. Alternatively, check out the bright and cheerful Munchkin White Hot Safety Duck Bath Tub which comes with a special temperature checker that lets you know when the water is just right.
How can I keep my little one safe during bathtime?
Water temperature is an important factor to take into account to make bathtimes safe. The ideal water temperature for your baby is 37°C and your bathroom should be around 27°C to prevent baby getting too cold. You can use this cute little rubber ducky thermometer to check both bath and room temperature.
Another important element of keeping your toddler safe during bathtimes is never to leave them unattended. Sadly, ¼ of children that drown each year do so in the bath, so it’s essential to remain completely focused on your child at all times. Distractions like the doorbell, a text message or the dog barking can all wait.
What products should I use?
Toddlers’ skin can be sensitive, so many parents opt to use natural shampoos and soaps to try to avoid irritation. The Aleva Naturals collection contains only natural, organic and vegan ingredients and is free from harsh chemicals.
A shampoo eye shield will also help prevent any tears at bathtime.
Any tips for making bathtime fun and educational?
The key to successful bathtimes is making them something your little one looks forward to. Bathtimes can be a wonderful bonding time for you and your toddler, and there are plenty of toys you can incorporate to keep your child entertained. We love these Badabulle Bath Toy Rings or this stimulating bath puzzle.
For all your toddler bathtime essentials, we’ve got you covered.