Taking bath and cleaning
Take care of your child under shower to get him used to water on his head and face. Use a clean plastic syrup bottle or dishwashing detergent bottle as a baby shampoo dispenser. The pull-up top let’s you squirt just the right amount and close it with one hand. Or keep baby shampoo in a hand-pump soap container labeled with a permanent marker. It allows you to keep one hand on a slippery baby at all times. Strap your baby into an infant seat with a towel over the pad, if you use a big tub for your baby who can’t sit alone. Place your baby bathtub in the regular tub when your baby is not big enough to sit up in a bathtub. It helps keep an active infant in place and your floor dry. Let a child who can sit upright, do so in a bathtub ring seat or a small, mesh plastic laundry basket in the big tub. The water flows into basket while your child remains contained. The empty basket can also serve as a place to store bath toys when the bath is finished. Try using a plastic inflatable pool in the shower stall, also as a transition.
Making Shampooing Easier
Most first-time parents are surprised when a fear of shampooing develops, yet it’s common. Shampoo as seldom as possible during this period. Once or twice a week is probably enough, unless your child has special problems. You can make a game out of hair washing by joining your child in the bathtub and pouring water overyour head first . Or let your child wash a doll’s hair while you wash hers. don’t force child’s hair frequently [cover the brush with an old nylon stoking to help absorb oils ]. and occasionally wash hair with a damp washcloth . when you must shampoo, use a no-sting baby shampoo, and do the job quickly and matter-of-factly praising your child for bravery As difficulties this period is for both for you , remember that is too-shall pass.
- Shampoo your child first, and then allow for a play tithe will end-on a happy note.
- try letting some-one else be the shampooer [dad. grand-parent]
- Make shampoo sculptures-in your child’ s hair. keep a hand mirror near by for you child to admire the new “do”!
- Try reintroducing a no- longer-used infant seat ; the tilt allows the child’s head to be tipped back comfortably for shampooing.
- Tell your child the story of a speck of dirt that gets tired, settles for a nap on your child’s head, and is joined by lots more specks, only to get washed out my mom or dad . Telling the story should last as long as the shampooing .
- Sing loud songs together throughout the whole process.
- Wrap your child in a big beach towel , and have herlie face -up on the kitchen counter with head over the sink. Use a sprayer if one’s available. The towel will hold your child steady, your closeness will provide security, and it will be easier for you to control the soap and water.
Keeping shampoo out of eyes
- Put only a small amount of water in the tub so your child can live down flat from shampooing
- Fill a big plastic jug with water and let it sink to the bottom of the tub. Your child can use it for a headrest. Or use your arm to support your child’s head.
- Have your child learn back under the the faucet for a quick, easy rinse. Or make rinsing fun by using a watering can .
- Place colorful stickers on the ceiling over the tub to keep your child’s attention during rinsing . Change stickers periodically if interest seems to be wane
- Use a sponge instant of a cup to control water when you rinse. (And try a sponge for applying shampoo . Soap won’t be so likely to run into eyes )
- Give your child small folder towel or washcloth to hold over eyes and face. Or use a plastic visor by cutting out the inside circle of a paper plate and placing it over your child’s head.
- Use swim goggles to prevents soap and water from getting into looks like a frog . Have your child repeat ,”ribbit”
- Give your hands and sponge names, and have them argue over who’s going to wash your child’s hair.
- Let your child control the hand-held shower hose.
Making it fun
- Wear a puppet washcloth on your hand to make face cleaning less traumatic .
- Give your child a “smelly “bath using kitchen flavour extracts peppermint extract is fun. A little food colouring adds interest to the water experience.
- Help teach a little girl to get herself clean in a tub by pretending she’s a big girl geeting ready for a party. Soap on the face is cream , powder , blush and eye makeup soap on a leg is a silk stocking, soap on an arm is a white satin glove, shampoo is hair spray, and so on .
- Create a fun, washable bath Mitt out of an unmatched sock. Draw a face with a permanent marker to make it a puppet .
- Buy bath towels that depict your child’s favorite book or television characters
- Use coloured sidewalk chalk or bathtub crayons for drawings and colouring in the tub. They wash off easily.
Fear of the tub
- Bath with your small child to provide extra security. It’s a fun , too!
- Run the bath water before bringing a frightened child into the bathroom, lf you don’t have another child who might climb it while your back is turned.
- Ask questions to find out what’s scaring your child . Is it the water ? The drain ? A slippery tub? Getting hair washed?
- lure a child who’s reluctant to get in the tub by putting creamy hand lotion in little cups and mixing a few drops of food colouring in each. Have your child use the connection to “paint ” his face and body then have hip hop into the tub.
- Create a diversion by having your child help you put the bath toys, bubble bath or even the non-skid mat in the tub. Some parents prefer to use a little liquid dishwashing detergent for bubbles . (Commirical bubble bath has been known to contribute to vaginal infections in little girls used too often.)
- Use only a few inches of water in the tub , increasing the amount as your child’s gets more comfortable with it.
- swimming and swimming classes often help kids overcome bathtub fears
- Let your child give a doll a bath in the tub. Exerting control over a fearful Situation can help a child overcome the fear.
Encouraging good habits
- Keep a sturdy step stool next to the sink to encourage self -help.
- Hang a small medicine cabinet on the bathroom wall at your child’s eye level, to hold grooming nacessities. If the cabinet has a mirror , so much the better.