My kids HATE baths. Ever since Aimee could sit up she has hated baths. Cody was quick to follow. I think it's genetic because I hate getting water in my face and ears too. It has gotten so bad in the past that we would not bathe the kids anywhere then at our own home because it sounds like we are abusing our kids! We also had to make sure our windows were always shut because you could hear it down the street! I know, HORRIBLE! They aren't scared of water - they love swimming pools and simply playing in the bath but they HATE getting clean! It becomes a goal every time I give the kids a bath to go tear free. It hasn't happened yet. BUT we have come up with some ways to REDUCE the tears! I figure I'm probably not the only mom out there whose kids hate their baths (I hope not anyway!). So here are some ideas that maybe you've already figured out but I wish I knew all of these from the beginning!
1. Preparation - I HAVE to warn my kids of the upcoming bath time. If I don't the tears start at the beginning of the bath and don't stop til the end.
2. Play time is always FIRST. That way the first part of the bath is predictably enjoyable for them and they don't completely DREAD getting INTO the tub.
3. Shampoo goes on DRY hair. I am SO glad I started this trick! I put the soap on dry hair then I get my hands wet and gently scrub the soap then re-wet my hands until I have a nice lathered head. Then I let the lather sit. So far NO TEARS! By the way, my kids have dry hair so I don't use the kids shampoo - I use moisturizing shampoo for adults and my Homemade Hair detangler then I don't have to use a conditioner. Rinsing kept to one time is a MUST!
4. Then I lather up the rest of them. I use Avon's roll-on soap paint and the kids love them! I give these to the kids while I'm lathering up their heads.
5. ONE rinse as quickly as possible - I talk to my kids and tell them that it's time to rinse their heads and I know they don't like it but they need to be brave and it will be over soon. Then I tell them to look at the sun (one of those bath sticker toys) stuck high on the tub wall and cover their ears. I rinse quickly with a cup and with my hand over their eyes and head so very little water goes into their face. Trust me, I accomplish not getting water in their faces pretty much every time but they still are scared to death of it. Singing songs and talking can distract them from the water but usually the fear wins.
6. Bath time is over and now it's time for hugs - yup we always get tears in that last step. So we get towel hugs until the tears stop.
7. Before they get completely dry, I lather on the lotion while they are still damp. This is a step I always wish I knew about. My kids can develop eczema patches if I DON'T do this and this prevents them so much that they haven't had it in a couple of years. While the lotion is soaking into their skin, I wrap them up in towels and comb hair and gather clothes.
8. Bath done - at least til next time!
So there you go! That's what I've learned about my kids bathtime. Do you have any tricks that you do with your kids baths? Or do you have those kids I've only heard about that when you pour water over their heads they say "do it again mom!" Ahhh dreams! :0)