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Bathing Toddlers:

As much difficulty as may come along with bathing newborns and older babies, it is just as difficult, if not more so, to bathe toddlers. In some ways, it is much more fun, because the child is older, and is able to play and splash and have a good time. In other ways, it can be a lot more difficult.

The following things are ones that you can look forward to when bathing a toddler:

• They can sit up on their own, which means no more having to hold them up or use a bath ring.

• They are older, so bath time is viewed more as a play time, and kids tend to like them more at this age than when they are babies, which means less crying and more laughing, and that is always a good thing.

• It is much easier to wash their hair and bodies because you can simply tell them to look up when rinsing, etc. This is much easier than having to trick them into looking up for rinsing.

The following things are those downfalls that come along with bathing a toddler:

• They can not only sit up on their own, but they can also stand, walk, and possibly jump on their own, as well. These things are all great until they try to do it in the bathtub, where they can slip and fall.

• Since bath time is viewed as more of a play time than before, there are a couple of downfalls that come with this. This may include having to buy more toys specifically for bath time, as well as having to clean up a bigger mess after bath time, such as picking up all the toys and cleaning up the water that got splashed onto the floor.

• It is much easier to bathe them when they reach this age until they reach that phase, as all toddlers do, where they must assert their independence in everything they do. This will also mean that they will want to bathe themselves, and this can be very time-consuming and irritating if you end up arguing, or having to compromise, with your child. Also, it is important to realize that just because they can understand directions you give them does not mean they will follow them.

• Since they are bigger, and can stand, they can reach more stuff. This means that you will have to keep all soaps and shampoos out of your child's reach at all times.

Although there are both good and bad points to bathing a toddler, there are a couple of secrets and tricks that parents can employ to make it a little smoother of a process:

• When you want your child to look up so that you can rinse their hair, you may need to get creative. You can tell them to look up at the birdie, and pretend there are birds on the ceiling of the shower. This game is even more fun when you ask your child if they see certain colored birdies, such as pink or orange. It can be a fun game of make-believe that will help you rinse your child's hair without them even realizing it. If your child just doesn't go for the make-believe version of this game, you could put stickers on the ceiling or up high on the wall for your child to look at while you rinse them.

• Instead of having to empty all sides of the tub of any shampoo bottles, etc, you can simply put a shelf up in the bathroom that is out of your child's reach. This way, everything is out of their reach at all times, and you don’t have to rearrange your bathroom every time it is bath time.

• To keep less clutter with all the bath toys, you can buy a net that acts as a toy holder that hangs on the bathtub wall. There are many different varieties of these, and some have suction cups that attach to the wall with a net as the bag. This way, you don’t have to wait for the toys to dry out before you can put them up. Instead, the water will drain out of the net and into the bathtub slowly.

• For little ones that like to take control and wash themselves, or for those kids who don't like to wash themselves, and are busy with playing instead, there are many different products available to make this easier on parents. There are of course traditional bubble baths that can make the entire bathtub soapy and fun, as well as such things as little hand puppet washrags. These items can make washing a lot easier and a lot more fun. There are also other fun things such as bath foam and bath paints, and these work great because the child feels as though they are getting to play and make a mess, when they are really cleaning themselves the entire time. Most of these are relatively easy to clean up after, too.

So, while there are many parts of bathing a toddler that can prove tiresome for parents, it is, for the most part, still much easier than when they are babies. Having different helpful products and toys on hand, as well as employing some creativity, can help make it even easier.

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