Baby & Toddler

How to Make Bathtime Fun for Kids and Parents

If you’re like me, you’ve probably had moments of both love and dread when it comes to your kids’ bathtime. Some nights are oh-so-fun while others are a battle of washing hair, getting in the tub, getting out of the tub, etc. I’m one of those people that tends to fall into the dread camp when it comes to bathtime.

Usually I’m tired after a long day of work and the last thing I want to do is crouch on the floor for 30 minutes. But I’ve recently realized that bathtime can be fun for both parents and kiddos. Here are a few ideas to make it more enjoyable for everyone.

 

1. Make it Comfortable!

We all know bathtime requires kneeling but there’s a better way! A tub kneeling mat is a game changer. It’s made with three layers of dense foam to ensure that your knees stay comfortable, plus it easily folds or hangs on the wall when you’re not using it.

 
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2. Have a Party: Bring in the Music

Our family has a sizable vinyl collection and while we can’t bring our records into the bath, we can stream music through a small bluetooth speaker. We’ll often have family dance parties before bathtime, but who says the music has to stop there? We’ve discovered that our children are developing their own musical tastes and we’re thankful they prefer artists we love over traditional “children’s music” (though we do have to listen to our toddler belt out “Let It Go” our fair share).

 

3. Turn it into a Spa

When your kids are young, use bathtime as an opportunity for everyone to unwind. Put on a face mask, light a candle, or drop in an essential oil-packed bath bomb. When they’re older, get to know your kids: bring in a glass of wine, fill the tub with bubbles, and let them tell you silly stories about their day. Most importantly: approach bathtime as a fun and relaxing time for both of you.

 

4. Simplify Post-Bath Cleanup

My kids have about a bazillion bath toys that somehow manage to sneak into every nook and cranny of our bathroom, which are obvious hazards for us and any overnight guests. Our bath toy bin has become essential—not only does it conveniently store bath toys, it makes clean up post-bath a breeze. (I can literally fish out all the toys in one fell swoop!)

What are some creative things you’ve done to make bathtime more for fun for yourself and your kids?