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Do you have fond memories of your child taking a bath when they were little? I can honestly say that when Mary had a bath for the first time, she hated it! I think she must have part cat in her somewhere because she hated the water. The pictures I have of her having her first bath were of her red faced and screaming. And it didn't really get better with age either. Even after she turned 1 and even as a toddler, you would have to hold onto her in the tub for her to stay put to get clean. She was never the type of child that loved a bath at all. She would actually try to claw her way out, even if it meant trying to hurt you!
But once the terrible toddler stage passed by, she actually started to enjoy bathtime and the fun things that would come with it. Like special toys to play with, special soaps and even a nice rub down afterwards.
Something that Mary always loved about bathtime was when I would turn the water a different color for her. It was always special because she would tell me what color she wanted and I would turn it that color for her. It always made her want to take a bath even more!
Another thing was we bought her special toys just for the bath and toy holders for the tub. That way she looked forward to bathtime and it was seen as something special.
And we always finished off bathtime with a nice rub down of cream for her back. Mary get's very itchy, dry skin so that was always a bonding time for my husband who loved to rub her back. Of course she enjoyed the free loving too!
Johnson's has always played a big part in our family with bathtime. So it was only natural that we read their Global Baby Bath Report that just came out. Here are a few interesting finding that were included:
- Playing with bubbles helps babies develop hand-eye coordination and discover objectsexist even when they can’t be seen. The bubbles also stimulate baby senses through touch and smell, which are both closely tied to memory development, and provide a great time for parent and baby to bond.
- Research shows that infants who experienced routine touch and massage (a big part ofthe after-bath routine) were 50% more likely to make eye contact and 3 times more likely to have an overall positive expression
- Studies have shown that babies bathed with a fragranced bath product (compared to those who were not) displayed 30% more engagement cues with their parent after bath and spent nearly 25% less time crying before sleep.
- Dads play a key role in bath time globally: 54% of dads are the primary bathers in theirhouseholds. In a quarter of households (26%), bath time is a two-parent job.
What do you do to make bathtime more special?