Ever wish there was an easy way to help your children
love bath time? It may be simpler than you think to convert them from
bath devils to bath time angels. Often the reason for their dislike is
not simply the water or splashing, but the products you use on them.
Even though the labels claim products to be child safe the cleansers
are manufactured from cheap bulk chemicals which can have an irritating
effect on some young eyes and skin.
How To Choose A Calming Cleanser
First check your cleanser, if it's packed with
synthetic ingredients you may want to consider changing. One of the
best cleansers for children is handmade soap*, soap makers craft it from
traditional soap bases that are thoroughly tested to be soothing and
safe. Added essential oils are equally important as they can calm
gentle young skin and make bathing a happy pleasant time.
skin is incredibly delicate, so choose mild cleansers and essential
oils like Chamomile, or calming rose. For children who have trouble
sleeping a mild lavender soap is a good alternative and if possible
choose SLS free soap or even organic for the most sensitive children.
Wash Your Way To Fun
The best way to wash a young child is to use your hands, they are
calming and an ideal way to cleanse their soft skin with the mildest
application they need. If using handmade soap*, simply lather in wet
hands, if the lather is too plentiful add water to dilute before
smoothing over young skin. While you're washing, encourage your child
to play with bath toys or even the soap.
Many Handmade soaps are
made with natural, colourful embedded shapes or are made in fun designs
which make them attractive to children. They are also usually longer
lasting so they can sit in the water for play as long as they're needed.
The more fun children have in their bath, the more eager they'll be to have one.
Above all go slow with a child who doesn't like bathing, if they
want to stand first, let them. They'll soon want to sit and play with
their toys. To help things along sing a nursery rhyme or talk about
something they like to do, you could even think of a story to tell them
to take their attention away from the bath. A child's imagination is a
powerful tool for overcoming some reluctance with bathing.
Just make washing gentler and more fun. Your children will start to enjoy themselves and look forward to happy bath times.
*Only Pure-Light Handmade Soap with the advise ""Suitable for Use with Small Children" should be used with children under 7.