At first, baths will be uncomfortable for your baby. You take off his clothes so he feels cold, and then you get him wet without his permission! This can scare or startle him, causing an uproar. It doesn’t always have to be so, if we strive to make bath time as comfortable, relaxing, and fun as possible, our children will learn to enjoy it.
To help our children adapt to bath time, we must be calm and confident ourselves. It might be something very new for you too and it can be a bit nerve-wracking, but remember that babies perceive emotions, so take a deep breath and empathize with your little one! You’ll soon see that bath time is a perfect opportunity to build affectionate bonds. Furthermore, studies have shown that our baby’s bath can relax us as well! During the first months, babies are too young to play, but they never get tired of our affection. With this in mind, you can do the following to make bath time an enjoyable, fun experience for you and your baby:
- Sing to your child while you bathe him. He will surely love it and it will increase his musical and language skills!
- Talk and guide him through the process. You can tell him a story or simply talk to him about what you’re doing. Use baby talk, children like it a lot and benefit from its intonations!
- Continue to stimulate your baby’s language by naming each body part while you clean it. You can use funny voices to make it more interesting. Don’t forget to show a lot of affection!
- Finally, try to bathe your little one at the same time every day so that he begins to get used to a routine and anticipate it.