Most young kids LOVE bath time.
But there seems to always be a season that each child will act like traumatized cats when you try and de-stink them.
Many times, these issues arise from a sensory need or aversion.
For two years, my son, who has Sensory Processing Disorder, would become violent and panic when he knew it was bath time.
Here’s a couple ideas to help make bath time equal fun time.
Try Varying Levels of Water
My son has vestibular (inner ear) issues that cause him to lack balance control. When he was small and extra flubby, too much water in the tub would make him feel buoyant and out of control. When I drained the tub to practically a puddle, he had so much more confidence.
Turn the Faucet Off
When a tub is filling up, it can be awfully loud. All that noise can be disorienting, especially to kids with SPD. I noticed a lot less trepidation in my son when the noise level was at a minimum.
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Try Different Methods for Rinsing the Head
The most agonizing part of bathing for most kids is getting their heads wet. I think it’s a combination of two things: fearing getting water/soap in their eyes and feeling dizzy when their heads are in odd positions. If the head position is an issue, you can try leaning the head forward while they cover their eyes with a towel. Occasionally, laying them flat on their backs (with a very low water level) so they feel more stable can help. If getting soap in their eyes is their biggest fear, keep a wash cloth over their eyes and a dry towel on hand for the minor spills.
Get Yourself Comfortable and Agile
There’s no way around it, bathing young kids is a workout. Make sure you’re as comfortable as possible so you can assist your kids while “staying on your toes” so to speak. Sterling shower doors with ComforTrack technology will help you do just that.
A typical shower door has a rigid metal track that makes bathing kids rather intolerable for your forearms. Now you can get down to business without getting painful marks all along your arms. And it’s easier to clean too! The technology is available not only for tub doors, but showers doors as well. (No more stubbed toes!) With Sterling Prevail sliding doors, you’ll be ready to meet the physical demands of bathing kids in comfort.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t just one thing that made bath time easier for us. There was a lot of trial, error and prayer. Keep your voice as calm as possible, even when things veer from the plan. Please share your tips for an enjoyable bath time with kids in the comments below! Let’s help each other out!