There are many benefits of bathing a baby, other then the obvious.The biggest benefits of bath time is the bonding that happens between a mother and child. I don’t know, it is just something about the warm water that seems to calm.
But also I think it is the connection between mother and child. When you are giving your child a bath, and you speak in a low voice you will have their full attention. Baby feels so safe a secure in mommies arms. Bath time is really special for both mother and child. A warm bath is very relaxing.
Speaking of relaxing, bath time is the perfect way to calm down a crying baby. It is a trick that I used on my babies. When they were over tired and wouldn’t go to sleep, I would put them in a calming bath and they would just relax. Often they would fall asleep before I even had a chance to dress them for bed.
A warm bath is also good for an over stimulated baby. The warm water just seems to soothe babies right down. I’m not really sure what it is. It just feels good.
Bathing a baby can also be a great time to teach your child how to count, recognize colors, practice hand eye coordination and many other things. There are lots of bath toys and bath games that encourage learning.
Bath time is just fun. Kids need to laugh and have a good time. Bath-toys are a great way to get them to love take a bath.
After you bath your baby comes what I think is the best time of all, snuggle time. Be sure to have a warm bath towel ready to cuddle up your little boy or girl. Now do you see why there are many benefits of bathing a baby?
Stacking games teach hand eye coordination. Plus stacking bowls and other objects help teach balance. The higher the stack goes, the harder it is to keep balance. A great example is this Munchkin Snail Stacker Bath Toy.
Fishing games are a great way for kids to play in the bath tub. They can throw in their line and fish for some cute friends. Catching fish will keep your child engaged and want to stay in the tub for more fun.
Ring Toss is a fun baby bath game. And there are a lot of different kind of ring toss games available. My favorite is this nuby Octopus Bath Time Toss. He is adorable and his leggs catch the different colored rings.
Squirting games are also really fun for the bath tub. Kids love to squirt things. And there are many squirt toys made especially for the bathtub for kids to squirt their little hearts out.
Catching games are similar to fishing games. You can throw some smaller toys into the tub. Then your child can use a net to fish them out. When you count as you do it, you are also creating a teaching moment.
Throwing games can be fun as well. You can add a small basketball hoop to the wall of the tub and then let your child try and get the ball through the hoop.
Counting games can be fun as well. There are lots of bath toys that come in a variety of colors and sizes with large quantities so your little one can practice counting.
These are just a few baby bath games that you can play with your baby or toddler. Bath time is a great way to bond and play with your child.
Alex Toys has an entire line of Bathtub Toys for toddlers. Bathtub time can be a lot of fun for kids. But as parents we can also make it an educational time. I like that Alex Toys has a huge selection of toys for toddler boys and girls. Check out this cool video. They really have a huge selection of toddler toys.
The featured toy today is the Alex Toys Rub a Dub Shaving in the Tub
All little boys and little girls love to pretend to be grown up. And boys love emulating their father or grand father with learning how to shave. They love to pretend that they have a beard or mustache that they need to shave off. I love that this Alex kids shaving kit is really fun and makes kids feel like they are really shaving.
This set comes with soap that foams up just like shaving jell. It contains a pretentd shaver. And it contains a lathering brush. It also comes with a comb and a mirror which makes this kids pretend shaving kit perfect for playing in the bath tub.
Kids can look at themselves in the mirror as they are shaving their face.
Baby bath toys serve a lot of purposes. They keep your child occupied, they educate, and they are fun. But they can also help to soothe and calm.
One of the tricks that I learned early on with my babies was that a warm bath is a great way to calm down an over stimulated or overtired baby.
The warmth of the water for some reason always has a calming effect. And if you turn down the lights a bit and even add some calming music in the back ground you will find that their little eyes will start to get heavy. I also like to add some calming baby bath wash like Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Bath. It is scented of lavender and vanilla which is known for it’s calming effects.
Baby bath toys can also help to calm your child and get them ready to tradition from bath-time to bedtime.
It is important to choose a “comfort” bath toy that helps make your baby feel secure. I find that often a small soft baby doll will do the trick or a small chew toy helps to soothe baby in the bathtub.
When choosing a chew tub toy, be sure that there are no small parts that can cause chocking. I like squirt bath tub toys or foam bath tub toys. Neither of these make noise and they are safe to chew on.
Buy using “quiet time” toys in the bathtub, your child will be relaxed and ready for bed once the bath is done. They may even be falling asleep as you are dressing them in their pajamas.
Do you find that a warm bath with some baby bath toys helps to calm baby?
When my kids were little one of their favorite bath toys were the wind up bath toys. They just loved watching them spin around or soar through the water.
These are fun because they moved all around the bath tub on their own. My kids had a huge collection of wind up toys which were also fun to play with out side of the bath tub.
The way most wind up toys work, is there is a little clip or leaver that sticks out of the toy. You turn it until it wont turn any more. As you turn the clip you are creating a tension. So don’t release it until you are ready to see it soar. 🙂 When you release the leaver it will spin around which cause the toy to move about the bath tub. And it will move pretty quickly.
There are many different kinds of wind up toys available for the pool and bathtub. There are boats that move across the top of the bath water and fish like Disney’s Nemo which swim on the bottom of the tub. There are even action figure that can swim across the bottom of the bathtub.
Wind Up Toys are Perfect for older children over 4 who are able to wind up the toys on their own.
I don’t recommend for younger kids or toddlers as the spinner could be too difficult to maneuver for smaller finger. And if the spinner were to fall out, it could cause a danger of chocking.
We all love to let our kids play with toys while bathing, but if the bath toys don’t dry out well, they can grow mold and mildew which isn’t good for children. For the most part, it is as simple as ensuring you are letting your toys air dry. But squirt toys can be more challenging when it comes to preventing mold. It is recommended that you clean all bath toys at least once a month.
Here is how to clean baby bath squirt toys:
It is easier than you think to get baby bath squirt toys clean and keep them clean so they are safe for your baby to play with. I am going to give you some simple tips.
For brand new baby bath toys, be sure to squeeze out all of the water as soon as bath time is over. Then hang toys in a toy net so that they can drip dry or if you don’t have a toy net simply lay them out on a towel so they can dry completely.
For older squirt toys that have mold in them because they were not dried out and stored properly, I suggest using a bleach solution to clean out the toys. Fill a gallon container with water and 1 cup of bleach. Squeeze the solution into the to and shake around then squeeze out. Let the toy sit in the bleach water for a few minutes. Then rinse in warm water. I also like to squeeze some of the clean water into the squirter as well.
Now follow the same instructions as above. Go ahead and let the toys hang dry so that mold doesn’t grow.
Rita suggests using vinegar and baking soda.
This makes sense to me because I have heard that both vinegar and baking soda is good for cleaning coffee pots and other household items. This video explains how to do it.
If you want an easier process, simply use an over the counter Anti-Bacterial Toy Cleaner, like Trinity Vibes. Simply squirt it on toys for easy cleaning. And for squirter toys, let the toy suck in a bit of the liquid. Then rinse out with warm water and let hang dry.
Today I am sharing a very fun Hot Wheels Bathtub toy for boys (and girls).
The thing I love best about the Hot Wheels Tub Tracks Set is that it is very inexpensive, yet it keeps your child entertained for a long time. You may even need to add more water to the bath tub to warm it up.
Hot Wheels Fun In The Tub Playset
Hot Wheels Fun In The Tub Playset
The Hot wheels fun in the tub playset is a ramp that you secure to the side of the bathtub with suction cups. It is very easy to attach and the playset holds very well to the side so you don’t have to worry about it falling off while your child is playing.
Then you put a Hot Wheels vehicle on the top of the ramp (One Hot Wheels car is included with the play-set). Next you will want to fill the cup with water. Next, you push the yellow button on the side which makes the car roll and then simply tip the cup and the car go souring down the ramp!
The vehicle car roll without any water in the cup. But the water adds a great effect and makes the toy more fun!
This toy keeps toddlers entertained. They will never complain about bath time with a toy like this available.
This Hot wheels Tub Tracks Set is made of durable material so it will last a long time and really holds up to a lot of play. I also like the bright colors.
One of the best toys for bath time is a lifelike baby doll. Girls and boys love to play pretend. And girls especially really enjoy pretending to be Mommy taking care of her baby.
Toy dolls are great to creativity as well as learning. Playing with a doll teaches the child about the different body parts. Plus it teaches them how to be kind and loving and care for something.
Regular toy dolls can get destroyed if they become wet, especially if the toy get submerged in water. But lifelike baby dolls can be treated just like a real baby. Little mommy’s or Daddy’s can wash the babies hair and body and there is no worries of damaging the toy. Simply dry off the doll with a terry cloth.
Here are some of the dolls that I recommend for bath-time.
First of all, Isn’t he just the cutest?! Corolle Mon Premier Bebe Bath Boy Doll is the perfect size for a toddler. It is easy to hold onto and has a nice vanilla scent. It dries very quickly if you let it air dry.
After bath time, when you lay him down for a bath, his eyes close as he goes to sleep. His body is soft so your little one can even sleep with baby if they want to.
If you are looking for a floating bath tub toy for your toddler then you will want to consider this adorable turtle family. This set includes a large mommy turtle which can carry the three babies. The Mommy turtle is 8″ long.
Something that I really like about these turtles is that they really don’t do anything at all except float. And of course they are cute! But I like that they are just a simple toy that keeps toddlers entertained in the tub.
The larger (Mom) turtle squeaks when you squeeze it. And all 4 turtles can be squeezed and filled with water. So you can use them as squirt guns if you want to add some extra fun to bath time.
These floating turtles are a great deal because they are very inexpensive. They would be perfect for a baby shower and a birthday gift.
These Turtle Family Bath Sets are soft and safe. They do not contain Phthalate. They are durable and will last for a long time.