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Bath time

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Bath time

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Bath time can be a very special time with your baby or toddler.  Make it an 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 like "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.  

Hiding the toy submarine 

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. 

  • Why am I doing this?

    Play is one of the main ways that babies and toddlers learn about the world – it’s also one of the most effective ways they learn. When a child plays they refine learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond.

  • How can I do more?

    As a parent, you are your child’s best playmate so try to spend time every day playing together. As your baby gets older, don’t try to teach them anything during play. They will learn best if they choose what to play and you follow their lead.

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