Helping Kids Enjoy Bathtime


My kids are not the type to jump at the chance to take a bath. Luckily these tips and tricks keep bath time happy in our house:

  • Let them pick a small toy or two to bring in the tub with their bath toys. Small plastic figurines are popular in our house, although I don’t allow Lego people or other pieces that have openings water can get into.
  • Use craft foam to make bath murals – I got this trick from Filth Wizardry. Hooray for awesomely creative bloggers! I’ve substituted foam stickers in a pinch.
  • We have found this Kids Shampoo Rinse Cup to be a worthwhile investment – although I’m pretty sure we didn’t pay the Amazon price for it. And, as at least one reviewer there noted, your kid has to tilt their head back for it to work (we tell our kids to look at the ceiling).
  • Temporarily turn up the thermostat a degree or two in the winter. Especially if you keep your house in the upper 60s, like we do.

What are your favorite bath time tips and tricks? We have Bath Bubble Science from Mom and Kiddo on our to-try list!


  1. Tara says

    Ohhhhhh! My kids are exactly the types to jump in the bath at any chance and they literally do! Sometimes without me knowing it beforehand! The night we moved in here, they got undressed and hopped in the large quarter-circle-shaped bathtub the moment they first saw it. :) For me it is more of a challenge to stay relaxed when they want to have bath playtime once again because there is a lot of post-work in it for me (mopping up, getting things out of the splashing zone, seeing to it that they get dressed quickly afterwards… now in the winter, …).

  2. says

    Awesome tips. We have duck stickers lining the top of our shower. We ask our 2 yr old to “Look up to the ducks.” This also works with stars or anything your child likes. I also have J “help” shampoo and soap himself. I do all of the work quickly, and he’s occupied with helping. We also make “crazy hair” with shampoo (spikes, mohawks, etc) and of course show it off with a portable mirror.

  3. says

    ADORABLE picture. SO sweet.

    My daughter has a real fear of water on her face. She loves the bath now that raucous brothers aren’t involved. That said, she now lays on the kitchen counter to have her hair washed in the sink. It totally took the fear out of bath time.

Thanks for taking the time to comment!