Bath time is one of those special moments between you and your child. A chance to bond and have some lovely skin-on-skin time.
The average bath time for children under the age of 3 is 23 minutes. That’s almost six full days in the bath each year! With that much time spent in the tub, it should be a positive and soothing experience.
Here’s 5 tips to make sure bath time is blissful for newborns and toddlers.
1. No need for bubbles
We were all taught that for babies to be really clean, they need bubbles in their bath. But those bubbles are exposing you and your little one to harmful chemicals. Ouch!
The major culprits to look out for are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). These chemicals are known as ‘surfactants’ or ‘foaming agents’ and are found in most common shampoos, body washes and soaps. SLES is a known skin irritant which has been linked with eczema; while SLS has been known to cause eye irritation and poor eye development in children. Yikes!
The next time you run your little one a bath, consider using natural baby wash products that are free from SLS and SLES.
2. Keep your baby safe
Bath time is a wonderful way to bond with your baby. 84%of parents say bath time is some of the best quality time they get with their baby. To make the most of that time and remove any potential tantrums and safety concerns, make sure of the following:
- The bathroom is warm so your baby feels okay being naked- we don’t want those tiny toes freezing (or the tears that will follow)!
- The water is comfortably warm – most experts agree on 37 degrees.
- Only fill the tub with 2 to 4 inches of water – babies have been known to drown in 1 inch of water!
- Use natural baby products – most soaps and bath time products contain harsh chemicals that can irritate your baby’s skin. Next time you purchase a bath time product, make sure it’s full of natural ingredients and no nasties such as: Parabens, Phthalates, SLS, SLES and Triclosan. Too easy!
3. The power of touch
Massage can be a powerful tool for your baby’s development, especially as they move from the newborn to infant stage. Who doesn’t love a good massage?
Infants who experience routine touch and massage are 50% more likely to make eye contact and three times more likely to have an overall positive expression.
When massaging your newborn or infant, use natural and organic baby oils that are delicate on your baby’s skin and don’t contain any harsh or toxic chemicals. 90% of a child’s brain development happens before they turn five. Exposing your baby to harmful chemicals found in mainstream products during that time can have a huge impact on their health.
4. Talk, talk, talk
In the first 3 years of life, your baby’s brain triples in size. Research has shown that talking to children a lot in the first 3 years of life builds brain architecture that will be needed later to support reading and thinking skills. Who would have thought talking was so important?
Bath time is a great time to talk to your baby because you have a captive audience. As your baby becomes a toddler, introduce verbal games that can stimulate their brain development and simply talk about your day, who you saw and what you did. The more words your baby hears, the better.
5. Relax and have fun!
Most people would agree, the best way to interact with your child is simply to relax and have fun. Seeing those smiles on your gorgeous little one’s face is enough to brighten any day.
Research has shown that happy, attached toddlers will enjoy more positive, less-troublesome relationships as they get older. It’s a win all round!
So, make bath time a fun, relaxing and happy time for you and your baby. And remember, keep those nasty chemicals away!