Sometimes, my toddler doesn’t want to take a bath. She LIKES baths, but she knows I’m going to wash her hair, which she isn’t a really big fan of. So sometimes I have to pull out some “tricks” to get her (happily) into the tub.
- Sometimes it’s bubbles.
- Or new letters/numbers.
- A new toy.
- A promise that I’ll read her a good book while she’s in there.
- And occasionally, if she’s not too dirty, I tell her she can just have a “play bath” where I won’t wash her hair at all.
So one recent evening, I broke out these glow sticks I had bought at Michael’s a while back. $1 for 15 glow sticks/bracelets! We just kept the bathroom light off, so that she could enjoy them.
I thought they would have looked really cool under some bubbles too, but when I asked Anneliese if she wanted bubbles, she said, “No bubbles. No thank you.” Ok, then.
She loved this bath! She called the glow sticks her “rainbow bracelets” and carefully put them on her wrists and ankles, moving them several times. They even kept glowing long enough for her to enjoy in the bath the next day too.
So, do you have any sure-fire bath incentives?
I’m thinking of making some tub paint, but beyond that I’d love some more ideas! What does your toddler love to do in the tub?