Bathing is an integral part of our daily routine. Water procedures should be both pleasant and useful, but some children do not want to swim at all, and often the process of taking a bath ends in hysteria. How can parents deal with this? How to teach a child to bathe and make this process comfortable? The most important thing is just to be patient, to find out the main reason for such obvious resistance in the child and, based on the data received, take further actions.
Possible reasons for not wanting to bathe
- Fear of water. Fear that it will get into the eyes, nose and ears, fear of choking, as well as the fear of sitting down, immersed in water.
- Fear of slipping, falling and being hurt. The cause of such fear is usually a previous experience. Perhaps the child once slipped and fell while swimming, so now he has a fear of repeating this.
- Refusal to wash the hair, if earlier during the bath the shampoo got into the eyes or mouth of the child, caused discomfort.
- Inappropriate water temperature. It may seem to the mother that the water is at the optimum temperature, while for the baby it will be too hot or cold. Therefore, it is very important to have a special thermometer at home to measure the temperature of the water and use it before the baby goes to wash. A comfortable temperature for a child is about 37 degrees.
- Lack of mood. It is possible that in the evenings the baby feels tired and therefore does not want to swim, and he may not like water procedures early in the morning, because. he hasn’t woken up yet. Here everything is individual. Choose a time when your baby is in a good mood and well-being.
Teach your child to swim with pleasure
The main task of parents is to organize the washing conditions so that the child feels comfortable and safe. A few simple tips on how to achieve this:
- Bathing is part of the routine. If the child does not want to bathe, just tell him that the bath is an obligatory part of his schedule and you won’t be able to get out of it. And the more you fight over bathing, the less time your child will have for enjoyable activities such as watching cartoons, drawing, etc.
- You need to change your daily routine. Let the child decide when it would be convenient for him to bathe. Such a simple solution will not only help change the child’s attitude to water procedures, but also instill in him a sense of responsibility.
- Motivate your child. You can come up with a small reward for the baby after he bathes, or tell him that bathing makes him stronger and stronger, increases his immunity, that after bathing he will smell good, etc.
- Turn bathing into a game. All kinds of bath toys, fragrant foam, water guns — all this will make the adoption of water procedures very fun and interesting. And how cool is it to pour water from one cup or jar to another? Kids can do this endlessly. You can also bring your child’s favorite toys into the bathroom that were not originally intended for bathing.
- Let the child get used to the bath gradually. The baby needs time to feel comfortable while bathing. Start simply by playing in the tub without water. After a while, you can take a little water into the bath so that the baby begins to get used to it. And so, gradually, your baby will completely get used to the bath and it will be possible to bathe him regularly.
The Wildberries online store offers a variety of educational bath toys and water slides that will make the process of water procedures fun and help parents quickly accustom their child to bathing. And so that your child does not slip and fall while bathing, you can purchase special children’s bath mats with bright animal patterns.
Reluctance to bathe is a very common phenomenon among babies. The most important thing for parents is to find out what is the true reason for such a rejection of bathing, in no case should we turn a blind eye to this. But parents are not always able to deal with this problem on their own, and in this case it is better to seek help from a child psychologist.