January is National Bath Safety Month. Many blogs and sites, including The Ganz Parent Club, are posting bath time safety information, which is fabulous! After all, knowledge is power.
To be honest though, if you read enough articles and statistics about the dangers of the tub, you may decide to let your kids bathing habits slack to “Pigpen” like proportions and soon they’ll be leaving clouds of filth in their wake. So why not add a little levity to this very important topic by including some play in your kids daily bathing routine? That way you can soak in ALL of the safety information that’s readily available and even obsess a little over the statistics, but let your kids relax and have some fun in the tub.
Here’s my list of tried and true, fun in a jiffy ideas for the bath time adventures!
- Add a few drops of liquid food coloring (all natural if you can) instead of bubble bath. It won’t harm your tub or your kids skin.
- If you have a pair of swim goggles or a kid sized scuba mask handy, your tub can become a submarine.
- Using plastic measuring cups, funnels, ice cube trays and other plastic kitchen tools for water play is fun and more sanitary then toys that can collect water. Then you can simply run these makeshift bath toys in the dishwasher.
- If your child insists on special toys for the tub stick to solid rubber toys like sea life creatures or dinosaurs. Avoid hollow toys or with nooks and crannies to collect water.
- Have a bottle of bubbles and a wand in the closet? Kids love blowing bubbles and what better place to blow them than in the tub?
- Foam puzzles make great bath toys because they stick to the size of the tub and on tiles. You can run them through the dishwasher too!
- Pick up or make your own bath crayons.
- Save and clean your ketchup, mustard and other squirting bottles to clean and use in the tub. Once they start to get dirty, just toss them in the recycling.
- And of course there is nothing like a good old-fashioned bubble bath, but make sure it is natural and kids safe even for girls.
- Let the kids make their own bath salts (kid-safe oils) or bubble solution or bath fizzies (not for sensitive skin) to use in the tub.
- You don’t need to wash hair every time. Kids will enjoy taking a bath every time, if there are times when it’s just for play.