How to Help Your Toddler Love Baths

Aug 28, 2020 | Parenthood & Family | 19 comments

Description: Baby bathing is one of the hardest times for parents, especially for mothers. If you are one of the mothers who are failing to bath your baby, this article can help you succeed. Parents need to understand why a toddler is afraid of bathing and solve their problem, it can help them fall in love with bathing. 

Every parent knows the fuss when their toddler hates the Bath. You cannot always use baby wipes for baby boy bathing. And here comes the time for a bath, but baby bathing is one of the hardest things for toddlers.

Every child indeed goes through a time when he hates Bath, but every mom keeps trying and trying to make sure he loves it.

It is not easy to just tell a child that bathing is essential, and it will make him feel relaxed, and he will be fresher and more energetic after a bath. Every parent goes through the same troubles with baby bathing.

We understand your troubles, and in this article,  we will try to solve your problems. In the first half, we will see why your toddler is afraid of Bath, and in the second half, we will give you some magical tips that will make your toddler fell in love with bathing time. 

Why your toddler is afraid of bath?

The important thing is to know why your kid is afraid of bath time, you cannot achieve your goal of baby bathing without this. There could be many reasons that your kids are not comfortable in the bathtub. Let’s see what common things that make toddler hat bat time are.

1.  Fear of something

If you are experiencing a hard time in the bathtub, there is a big chance that your toddler is afraid of something. The fear can be of falling in a bathtub, drowning, or getting soapy eyes. Fear of sucked down through the draining hole is another reason kids feel terrified with bathing. 

2. They are not ready for bedtime

Usually, after bathing time, there is bedtime, and toddler does not want to sleep because he wants so to play more.

3.  They do not need interruption between playtime

Toddlers love to play, and there is another reason that they do not want to get interrupted while they are playing.

15 tips to help your toddler love to bath

Once you know why your toddlers are afraid of bath time and hate it, you can find the solution. Here are 15 baby bathing tips that will help your toddler to love Bath.

1.  Introduce Games

Introducing games during baby bathing is an effective way to keep your toddler interested. Toddlers love to play with their toys, and if you add some toys in the bathtub, it will undoubtedly increase the interest of toddlers towards Bath.  You can use any waterproof toys like zoo set, building blocks, or something else to make bathing time fun. Baby Bathing games can really help your toddler fell in love with bath.

2.  Use a baby bathing tub

There is a big chance that your toddler is afraid of a big bathtub and hates the bathing time. You can replace a big bathtub with a smaller version of the baby bathing tub and make your baby comfortable. There are many baby bathing tubs available in the market, you can buy one that your child will love.

3.  Use baby goggles

One of the biggest fear of bath time is getting soap into the eyes, it really stinks. You can avoid this stinky and messy situation if you use baby goggles, these will make baby bathing easier and fun for your kid. The bathing goggles protect the eyes of toddlers from soap, and he can enjoy bathing. Another thing you can use is the baby bathing cap, this can really help to keep the eyes safe.

4.  Make it a colorful bath

Who does not love colors? Toddlers always love colorful things,  think about it, what if you add some glow in the water? Yes, it will make toddlers fall in love with water and Bath too. You can use crayons or any other colors that are safe to use for babies and make it a colorful and enjoyable bath time.

5.  Make it a bubble bath

Everyone loves bubbles, and kids love them even more. If your toddler is giving you a hard time with Bath, you can add bubbles and make him fall in love with Bath. You can even add colors in the bubble bath.

6.  Focus on fears

Find the fear and eliminate it. There can be many fears like fear of soap getting in eyes, fear of falling inside the tub, fear of drowning, or maybe something else. As a parent, you must find out the fear of your child and eliminating it. If you can find the fear, it is easy to eliminate, and your toddler will start loving the bath time.  

7.  Use the baby bathing chair

Many children are afraid of falling inside the bathtub, and this is very likely possible because of slippery situations. Parents can eliminate this factor by using baby chairs for bathing; there are many chairs available in the market that they can buy. They can purchase these chairs in different shapes and designs that can increase the interest of bath time.

8.  Make it the family bath

Jump in the bathtub with your child, yes this is an exciting way to tell him that bathing is fun. Play with him and spend some time with him inside water. This way, he can learn from you, and next time there are many chances that he will love his bath time alone. Believe me, bathing with baby is fun.

9.  Try rewarding system

It’s an exciting way; everyone loves to reward, and kids love them even more. Introduce a rewarding system after every Bath. This can be a piece of candy, chocolate, or an extra 30 minutes of playing with friends, toys, and dog. Your kid will enjoy this, and it will increase his interest in bathing.

10.  Make toddler the boss

No one loves a boss around and does your little one. Baby bathing should not be boring, and typically mothers do not understand this. If you are the boss during bath time, your kid will never like it, make him the boss let him do what he wants to do. Make bathing time little fun, if he wants bubbles to make them, he wants toys you should provide the. Even you should not stop him if he is splashing the water because it is fun, and baby bathing should be enjoyable.  

11. Break the routine

You need to break the routine every now and then, if your toddler is not ready, you should skip a day. It is not very important to Bath every day if you are trying to make him love Bath. Give him some days off, and eventually, he will learn to bath daily and fell in love with it. Make it a change and use a baby bathing suit.

12.  Take it outside

You need to know when you want to start baby bathing daily. Change the pattern; if you are bathing your toddler in the bathroom, you can change the place every now and then. Take it outside on the lawn, make it fun, show him some birds, and he will enjoy this time. Bathrooms are closed spaces, and sometimes kids are afraid of these places; if take you kid outside the bathroom and play games with him, it can make him reduce the fear of bathing.

13.  Get out of the bathtub before draining

Toddlers hate it when you drain the water when they are inside. The toddler thinks they will be sucked through the drainage hole with water. If you take the baby out of the water and let him walk away from the bathroom before the draining, it can ease his nerves.

14.  Decorate the ceiling

Yes, this is a useful exercise, you can decorate the ceiling of your bathtub with some toys, glowing stars, and cartoon characters. Hang some toys that will distract your kid’s attention for some time, and you can rinse his hair quickly.

15.  Use the potty chair before bathtub

This is an effective way of preparing your toddler for bath time, make him sit on potty chair for a while, and develop his bathtub in front of him. This way, he will become comfortable with the surroundings and be ready for a magical time.

If mothers follow these tips and use suggested baby bathing products there is a big chance that their toddler will grow out of bathing fears, but if you think that things are not working, it is better to visit your healthcare nurse and mention the fears of your child. Mothers can also use Baby bathing accessories to groom their babies after bathing, baby bathing oil is good for moisturizing the skin. 

These 15 tips have helped many toddlers grow out of fear, it can help you too.  If these tips helped you do comment below or if you have another suggestion, please don’t hesitate to share that also.

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  1. Miyaka Yuki

    So far, wala akong problema sa pagpapaligo sa anak ko. Kasi gustong gusto nya talaga ang pagligo. Siya pa nga mismo nagreremind sa akin na maliligo na siya. Problema ko lang ay minsan ayaw niya umahon sa tubig. Haha

  2. Donna Ria Mahayag

    Thanks sa pag share Mommy Mhaan, proud naman ako kasi di ko na experience sa tatlokung anak yung ayaw Or takot maligo. Siguro dahil na rin sa every day routine na namin😊. Pero once na nakaramdam na ko ng ganito may babalikan akong blog, since bunso ko is 1 year old palang. Abangan ang susunod na kabanata

    • Nalen Valentos

      Dati din hirap na hirap ako mag paligo kay baby ko kaya binibigyan ko sya ng toys at hinahayaan kong kumapit sya sakin kahit mabasa ako para lang di sya matakot na baka malaglag. Thanks for sharing this tips Momsh very helpful lalo sa mga first time Mommies 😊

      • Bessie Ramos

        Nung 1sttime mom ako nhihirapan ako magpaligo ee . Thanks sa tip iseshare ko to sa iba

    • Joyangelique Balleta

      Yung First time ko maging nanay nahirapan talga ako kaya nagpapatulong ako sa mama ko or sa asawa ko. Pero ngayon na 3 na ang mga anak ko. Sanay na sanay na ko .

  3. Marie Fe Castillo

    Actually naranasan ko din lahat ito sa baby ko noon, pero ngayon na habang lumalaki na sya mas gusto na nyang magbabad sa tubig.

    • Gina infante

      Sa akin baliktad nmn subrang gusto gusto niya ang tubig umiiyak pa kapag tpos na siya paliguan.

  4. Dhel Manog

    Hindi ako ganon kahirap mapaliguan yong mga babies ko noon e,everytime kasi na liliguan ko sila inienjoy pa nila yong tubig at pagpapaligo ko sa kanila,Until now ganon pa rin sila gustong gusto nila yong maliligo at mag halfbath.Itong mga tips mo mommy malaking tulong sa mga mommies na hirap mapaliguan ang mga babies nila ,thanks for sharing po.

    • Erica Sosing

      Wow! Thank you for sharing this tips to us mommy.😊 Minsan po tlaga mahirap magpa ligo ng mga toddler. Kaya sobrang helpful po ng mga tips po na eto to all the moms out there and soon to be moms. Kelangan natin ng mahabang pasensya at gumamit ng mga tricks or maging creative sa pagpapaligo sknila. Because sometimes, their bath time yes their playtime too.

  5. Roxanne Aricaya

    Buti naman etong 2 chikiting ko, ang hihilig maligo…love na love nila ang bath time.. gustong gusto kasi magbabad, tsaka pag pinapaliguan ko kasi toddler ko, may time din na naglalaro sya with other kids, ginagawa ko nyan sasabihan ko sya kunin nya car nya papaliguan din namin.. kaya susunod naman sya..minsan gagawa pa ko mg bubbles tapos puputukin nya.. kaya tuwang tuwa sya.. sabay kasi kami lagi maligo eh.. minsan naman si didi nya kasabay nya.. btw. Thanks sa tips momsh, super useful kasi nito sa mga mommies na nagkakaroon talaga ng hard time pag marinig pa lang ng mga anak nila ang bath time..

  6. Jeng Manalo

    Di ko din po naranasan yung mahirap paliguan ang kids ko , minsan nga pag gising gusto ligo na agad.Enjoy po talaga sila pag bath time na ang pinag uusapan.Naglalaro pa kasi sila ng mga rubber ducky sa cr o kaya bubbles kaya good thing for sharing this tips sa mga nanay na struggles talaga ang pagpapaligo.

  7. Antoniette Sanchez David

    Yung anak ko po ayaw din maligo dati pero sinubukan ko sya lagyan ng laruan habang naliligo ayun gustong gusto na nya kailangan minsan tayong mga nanay maghahanap din ng way kung san mas magiging masaya ang gawain natin sa kanya at yung hindi maiirita or maiinis si baby


    Good thing si bunso ko love na love maligo pati ako nun basa na.din SA likot Ng paliligo.napa helpful tips na Ito momsh for those na nahihirapan magpaligo Ng mga toddlers nila I wi keep this mind po.para SA.susunod na magka baby ako Alam ko na po ang gagawin ko.thanks for sharing

    • Phoebe Cates

      Thanks for sharing mommy! It’s a very good thing that my kids loves to take a bath talaga… Mas gusto kasi nilang naglalaro sa tubig. 🙂

  9. Lea Latagan

    So far, wala nman kaming problema ng anak ko sa pagpapaligo. New born palang xa noon di na tlga xa pahirapan mligo iiyak lang xa pag aalisin na sa tubig . Kasi gustong gusto nya talaga ang nkababad xa .kasama lagi si toys nya balls at jobee sa pagligo kailangan gsto nya puno din po ng bubbles palanggana.Problema ko lang tlga minsan ayaw niya na umahon sa tubig.😊

  10. cienna

    Comment no. 5.

    Thankyou for sharing this mommy.

    Mahirap talaga paliguan ang mga baby and toddler lalo na pag first time ka. Pero once na nasanay ka na maeenjoy mo nalang din kahit makukulit paliguan. Dadating yung point na ayaw na nilang umalis sa batya. 😁

  11. Lyka Mitra

    Napaka helpful po talaga nito sa mga mommy na nahihirapan paliguan ang kanilang mga baby.. 🖒 good thing yung akin po kapag sinabi ko ng maliligo na kame talagang mag aaya na po siya sa banyo at may kasama po siyang mga laruan niya para po mas enjoy siya sa pagligo.. ❤

  12. leizel

    hehe nilalaro ko rin po ang baby ko habang naliligo.gustong gusto nya hinahampas ang tubig o kay binibigyan ko sya toys habang naliligo.

  13. Jasmin Palaganas

    Ahy ako wala akong problema sa pagpapaligo sa anak ko. Kasi gustong gusto nya talaga ang maligo sa isang araw tatlong beses


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