Here are some of the things you should and should not do when bathing your little one:
DO- Make sure you have everything you might need within arms-reach. You don't want to have to get up and leave them in the tub alone while you grab towels, clothing, or any other necessities you may have forgotten. I put a shelf in our bathroom with all of my son's bath time stuff so it would all be there every time he gets bathed.
DO- Provide them with different toys, and switch it up every couple of days. Just like we get tired of having the same things all the time, children do too. Variety is the spice of life, so mix it up!
DO- Help them stay calm by playing with them, singing to them, or just being right there if they need you. While bath time can be great, it can also turn stressful when a small child or baby starts to get fussy, and it could turn dangerous for them quickly.
DO- Make bath time a family thing. If you have more than one child, put them in together. Not only is this fun for them, but it can eliminate multiple baths, waiting on water to heat up, and cleaning MORE water off the floor than necessary.
DO- Decide what happens first at each bath like: Wash hair, wash body, rinse, then play. This can ensure a clean child, AND a happy mom.
DO- Buy one of those no-slip mats for the tub, or some of those neat little tub stickies in the shapes of animals, fish, or whatever their little heart's desire. This will help keep them safe when standing in the tub, and when climbing out.