Another way to make baby bathtime mean more is to use it as a time for your little one to also learn and discover as she grows. Playing in the bath with your toddler and providing her with lots of props like pitchers, cups and books boosts her learning and nurtures her bond with you.
Your baby develops self-confidence when she can take care of herself and her ducky, and when she figures out how to pop the bubbles. Her thinking skills are boosted as she uses her imagination while playing pretend, and when she makes connections between what she sees in books and her own “real” life. She builds language skills and the muscles in her fingers and hands when she turns the pages of the book and learns new words as you read together.
Language and Thinking Skills
What you can doWhat your child is learning Offer your toddler lots of different safe objects to explore in the bath.How to use her fingers and hands to make things work, such as grasping the pitcher firmly and dunking it in the water before pouring.Notice the way she uses her body to make things happen, like popping the bath bubbles.That she has a good, strong, body that can do so many great things. This builds positive self-esteem.
Remember, part of keeping bathtime fun is making sure your baby is safe. NEVER leave a baby alone in the bath. Not even for a second. So gather all the things you will need for the bath beforehand and let the phone ring over to voicemail. Also, be sure to set your water heater below 120 degrees to help prevent the possibility of scalding.
Important steps for bathing your baby.