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Bath time can be a very special time with your baby or toddler. Make it a safe and enjoyable part of their routine. Talk and laugh with your child as you bathe them. When your baby is old enough to sit up, give them a little sponge, a bath toy, or plastic cups. For instance, you might count out loud to see how many little cups of water go into a bigger cup.
Sometimes it's so much fun that they won't want to get out. With your two year old try "I bet you can't get out of the bath before I count to ten", and they'll usually rise to the challenge. Or you could have a funny checklist - "Have you washed your toes, have you washed your belly button, have you washed your bottom?". Children love repetition, so it's no harm to have the same routine every time.
Watch this video to see how much fun bath time can be.
If your toddler is reluctant about bath time, get some tips from this video clip from "Supernanny".
Of course, never leave your child unattended in the bath.
Talking is one of the most important skills your child will learn. It seems to happen naturally, but in fact you have a very important role to play. Your baby will learn to talk by hearing other people talk. The more you talk with your baby and respond to their noises and babbles, the more you help them learn to communicate. This will help them in every aspect of their life.
Songs and rhymes are especially good for children as the rhythms and repetitive language make it easier for babies to learn language skills. Babies love songs and rhymes, especially hearing the sound of your voice. This is a great way to help your child to talk and listen. Rhymes with actions explain what words mean - "pour me out" in "I'm a little teapot". You can also create sound effects when you are singing songs and saying rhymes. Use your hands to clap, your fingers to click and your mouth to make playful sounds and whistles.
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