10 toddler tub-time tips {bathtime}

For my 10 Toddlers Tub-Time Tips I used baby products by JOHNSON’S® to care for my little one as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #johnsonspartners

Toddlers have the ability to turn ordinary situations into difficult ones – have you noticed?  My current toddler loves anything involving water but that doesn’t mean every bathtime is an easy success.  No, the tub is still fair game for meltdowns and tantrums like anywhere else – except with higher chances of tsunamis.  Over this past year, I’ve learned some key tips for bathime with a headstrong toddler.  Here are my top 10!

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  • Tear-free Wash// Better start with the most important part of any bathtime with a toddler–tear-free everything.  A screaming child with painful soap in the eye is no fun.  My favorite baby soap based on trust, effectiveness and scent is JOHNSON’S® Baby Head To Toe Baby Wash.  It can absolutely run right over my toddler’s eyes and he just wipes it away.  It can handle his giant food messes and stanky, sweaty body scents after a long day of play, no problem.  We all know the best part of bathtime is sniffing our baby’s head for a full hour afterward (right?) and Johnson’s has such a clean and classic scent – just perfect.  The new, improved hypoallergenic fragrance is designed for infants and their hypersensitive skin and the product is also Paraben-free and Phthalate-free.  It hydrates thanks to an added moisturizer, really important this time of year!

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  • Tub Toys// How boring a bath can be without the right toys.  These are necessary distractions for your toddler and the tub can be a great place to learn!  I suggest buying a variety of toys from squirters to cups to wall clings and tub crayons.  Rotate through the toys, bringing out only a few each bath so he doesn’t grow bored of all of them right away.  Update your collection regularly and remember to keep the toys clean and dry while not in use.
  • Temperature Regulation// Comfort is key in the tub and much like Goldilocks, that water temp needs to be juuuuussst right.  Not too hot and not too cold, find the right warm spot and your toddler will be much more relaxed and soak a bit longer.  If they have been in the tub for awhile, be sure to give a fresh burst of warm water to bring the temp back up.  The water should stay around the 90°F and 100°F range.

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  • Engage Them// We are their favorite form of entertainment.  No toy can compare to you talking with, singing to or playing with YOU.  So put your phone down and engage!  Think of bathtime as valuable one-on-one time with your kid(s).  Bathtime is my favorite time to read my toddler a book – since he will rarely sit for a reading anywhere else!
  • Groom Them// One of the toughest jobs for parents of toddlers is maintaining their grooming needs.  They often get squirmy for tasks like cutting fingernails, brushing teeth and detangling or cutting hair.  Try getting these done while they are distracted in the bathtub — it works really great for me! In fact, it is about the only time I can decently brush my 22 month old son’s teeth.
  • Wash Hair First// The battle that can ensue once the hair-washing commences… just get it over with right off the bat so the rest of tub-time is for relaxation and play.
  • Rinse Thoughtfully//  My 7 year old still struggles with having water poured over her head (and this is why sometimes she gets out of the shower with dry hair patches — NO LIE) so you have to be careful when rinsing the shampoo out.  With my toddler, I use a toy cup with the holes in the bottom to rinse.  I don’t flood his head all at once, I go slow and he giggles as the water trickles on him.  Eventually, he’s soap free.
  • Relax, It’s Just Water// My first child was very calm in the tub, this one, not so much.  He LOVES a good splash and it makes me cringe a bit inside, but I’ve learned to let it go.  Bathrooms are built to be waterproof, so even when mine looks more like a water park, a simple towel dry solves the problem.  I try to yell “NO” as little as possible during bathtime, reserving it only for dangerous situations.
  • Warm Towels Awaiting// Don’t you just hate when you get out of the warm shower only to be greeted by shockingly cold air?  Yeah, toddlers too!  Make sure to have warm towels handy, bonus points for having the comfy pajamas in there too.  Unlike myself, my son does not want to hang out in a wet towel with wet hair for longer than he has to, so I like to get him dressed straight out of the tub.
  • Warm The Lotion// For God’s sake – warm the post-bath lotion.  The last thing any tot wants done to them when they get out of a bath and are freezing is to have cold lotion applied.  A simple rub between the hands will suffice.

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What are your best toddler tub-time tips?

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  1. December 17, 2014 at 9:53 pm — Reply

    I found larger-sized hooded towels and made my kids’ day. Bath time is so much fun, so let’s embrace it. I don’t have to struggle with toddlers anymore, but it could be such a chore. These tips would have made life much easier.

    • December 17, 2014 at 10:02 pm — Reply

      Larger size is the way to go! I bought too many “baby” hooded towels that my son outgrew right away. The larger child size are a much better option, even for your babies! I should have put that in the post… haha

  2. December 18, 2014 at 8:27 am — Reply

    What wonderful tips and your pictures are sublime. My kids looked forward to using their hooded towels after a bath.

  3. December 18, 2014 at 9:13 am — Reply

    Your photos are amazing because they really capture what tubtime is all about to kids, fun! Great tips.

  4. December 18, 2014 at 9:48 am — Reply

    I always do the hair first! Because that is what is the biggest battle. If I do it first, then the rest of the bath time the kids just have fun and play.

  5. Jenna Wood
    December 18, 2014 at 10:37 am — Reply

    We love getting teeth brushed at bath time, it’s really a great tip. What do you suggest to help with toddlers who are adverse to bath time to help ease them into the process more?

    • December 18, 2014 at 11:46 am — Reply

      I’d say the best idea for tots who don’t love the bath at first is distractions – a variety of toys that are interactive (tub crayons, paints, cups, etc) and also the parental engagement. It is a great place to sing to/with and read to your kids (because they cannot get away!ha)

  6. December 18, 2014 at 4:36 pm — Reply

    That towel is too cute! Temperature is so important, we don’t want them to get burnt!

  7. Mel
    December 18, 2014 at 6:55 pm — Reply

    Aw! Such great tips! We do bath every night and then reading.

  8. December 19, 2014 at 7:58 am — Reply

    All my kids still hate water poured over their heads at bath time, I usually try to be quick and have a towel handy to wipe their faces.

  9. December 19, 2014 at 8:10 am — Reply

    Ok, I giggled at warm the post bathtime lotion. I have forgotten to warm up my own lotion and was shocked… poor kiddos. Great tips… anything to make bath time smooth and enjoyable, right?

    • December 19, 2014 at 12:39 pm — Reply

      I only know that tip because I have forgotten a couple times too! The big shocked baby eyes were pretty funny I admit!!

  10. December 19, 2014 at 8:11 am — Reply

    my son is a big boy now, i miss those toddler days! (sometimes….LOL)

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