My baby was over one year old. Being an extremely active kid making him stand in a place for a while was a huge task. It was then, he was mastering the art of cruising around. The word 'bath time' traumatized me and my little one. It was difficult for both of us. I panicked every time as he was too small to balance himself on the wet floor.
One of my mommy friend gave me the idea of bubble bath in the baby tub. That was a great idea, but, I was not ready to use baby soap for this purpose. So, started looking out for specific product that would serve my purpose. I came across bubble bath from various brands - Chicco, Johnson, Sebamed, Mee Mee, Mothercare, etc. Right from his birth, I was using a lot of Mothercare products for him. So, I decided on Mothercare here as well.
Initially, he felt scared and always stood up in the tub. It took a couple of days for him to get accustomed to the bath tub. To make it more interesting, I bought a couple of bath toys - a yellow floating duck and a blue whale. Now a days, when it is bath time, he runs to pick his towel and waits for me near the bathroom door. He plays in the froth and the bubbles. For a moment or two, he tries to squeeze the water out of the toys. I get the much needed time to cleanse him throughout without any nagging. Best part- he sits calmly when he gets a gentle massage in the hot water.
Now, the daunting task has become an enjoyable act. I agree - it takes more time than the usual. But, it does not exhaust me as it used to. I do not fall anxious about him slipping down. Is it worth the more time spent? Of course, yes.
"Don't yell at your kids. Lean in much closer and whisper, it's much scarier." Happy bath time!