After a long day of rushing around, getting your children into a warm bath is a great way of helping them wind down, ready for bed. Unfortunately, it’s not always as easy as that as some children really don’t like bath time and might put up a fight. It’s all about making it another fun activity for them to get involved with. To give you some ideas, I’ve put together some tips for making children’s bath times more relaxing.
1. Setting a routine
We all find comfort and stability in following a routine. By sticking to the same one each time, it means they don’t get anything they weren’t expecting and are less likely to cause a fuss.
A simple bath time routine could be the following. After dinner they hop in the bath and get to play with their toys for 5 minutes before washing. Then, if they’re good, they get another 5 minutes of play before getting out. Simple but effective, not just for them but you as well. Adapting it to suit you and them is important but once you find something that works, you’ll soon see them relax.
Bubbles and bath toys - the way to our hearts!
Every child loves to make a bubble beard, pretend to stir potions or create a fetching foamy hat. There’s something so mesmerising about watching bubbles pop. It’s a great way of getting your child to slow down whilst they concentrate on the foam. You could also choose some with a relaxing scent such as lavender, one of the most well known essential oils to aid with sleeping.
The perfect time for a story.
3. Reading a book
As an adult, we love reading a book in the bath, spending some time escaping into another world. So why not add a story to your child’s bath time routine?
There are lots of funny stories out there that children love, such as the ‘Mr Gum’ series by Andy Stanton or the David Walliams tales. If you like the idea of something a bit calmer, you could choose a classic like ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ by Enid Blyton. Or perhaps choose a fairy-tale theme with stories like ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ or ‘The Princess and the Pea’. I love the old fashioned ones, that get handed down from generation to generation.
Bath time doesn't stop when the water's run out.
4. A cosy coverup
Rather than just using a towel to dry them off after the bath, getting your child wrapped up in one of our Bridie & Bert coverups is a great addition to their routine and keeps them warm and cosy. These are often used for days out at the beach, but they really are perfect for using after a bath as well to keep warm. Our coverups are made from a soft towelling material with a hood, great for wet hair. They could simply pop it on over the top of their pyjamas to keep cosy until bedtime.
Our hooded coverups come in a variety of colours so you’ll certainly find one that they love, plus they can also be personalised with their name or initials – a lovely touch to make them feel extra special. Wouldn’t they make a wonderful Christmas gift!
Make it unique with some personalised embroidery.
These are just 4 simple ways of making children’s bath times more relaxing for them and you. We hope it helps! If you’re interested in any of our personalised coverups or towels, have a browse through our website to find out more.