We went through a stage here when Weston had a full-blown meltdown when it was bath time. It came on quickly and lasted for quite a while. It left me trying to figure out how to make bath time easy for us because it was breaking my heart. Being a mom is so hard sometimes! I knew there had to be a way to turn bath time around.
How To Make Bath Time Easy
So I reached out to my friends and fellow moms for their tricks and tips. And in the end we survived that phase and Weston loves taking baths these days. Here are the simple things that we did to try and make bath time easier and more fun.
Shower vs. Bath
A friend suggested we try the shower. Her daughter was ready to take a shower before she even turned four. She preferred it and in their home, switching to the shower solved their struggles. They would help with hair washing but otherwise the daughter picked up on it quickly. Weston wanted nothing to do with the shower. We tried it but it made things worse. So back to the bath we went.
I think it’s important to try different things with your child when you’re struggling. You never know what they might be ready to do on their own. And if you’re worried about water getting everywhere, options like Sterling shower doors with ComforTrack technology are great for keeping water in the tub or shower. They are available for both bath and shower doors.
Talk It Out
Never discount the power of taking some time to sit down with your child and talk through what is about to happen. Even the little ones can understand more than we sometimes give them credit for. So sit down and talk about the steps of bath time. Let them know what is going to happen and then talk them through each step.
Make It Fun
Our friends had tons of suggestions for bath toys that Weston might like. In the end we found a few new things that made him a bit more interested in getting in the bath. We also discovered colored bath tabs that have proven to work well for us. Weston loves picking out the color of the bath water. Bath crayons are also a favorite around here.
Keep It Quick
When figuring out how to make bath time easy I quickly figured out that keeping it short and sweet was the way to go. Sometimes I had to prioritize what all got washed and sometimes things didn’t get as washed as I might have liked. But in the end, Weston was clean and ready for a new day. And as he has gotten more settled into bath time, we’ve been able to extend how long we take.
Basically, the key is to make everyone as comfortable and relaxed as possible. That goes for both your child and yourself. Find a comfortable to sit near the tub and support them while you work together to make it through bath time.
Sterling shower doors can make bath time easier because they have a flexible track, which is comfortable and easy to clean. And the flexible track also makes it bathe the kids and the dogs or just relax in the tub with your feet up!