Bath time is always a fun activity in our house, but of course, it isn't just a game, it is also meant to be constructive. There are a number of items that we keep close by for bath time for both keeping my girls entertained and also making sure they get clean and dry by the end of the process. We absolutely love bath time in our house, but there are a few items that we would not have the same experience without, and that it what this post is all about!
A Fun Bath Plug
Konfidence Floating & Flashing Blinkies*
I'll tell you a secret, even I like to have them in my bath from time to time. There is something soothing about the alternating colours that light up, and they are small enough to not take up a whole lot of room when you are in the bath. As much as Squidgy and I like to enjoy the lights and have them floating in our baths, when the girls are sharing a bath, Little L prefers to use them as a chew toy!
A Stool (for you!)
I cannot tell you how much of a pain it is to perch next to the bath when you are trying to get your children bathed. Never quite at the right height if standing, sitting on the floor or kneeling, and definitely never very comfortable. I tend to borrow the foot stool that we have for Squidgy to get up to the toilet as a small seat, which makes life so much easier!
I will never get tired of telling everybody how awesome I think the Dalu Solutions TapHat is. I mentioned it in my Keeping Routines the Same with Two Children post and ran a giveaway for them too. It is simply one of the best things that I have ever come across, and makes safely bathing my two girls together so much easier.
I used to think that I would never let my children draw on anything that was a piece of paper or a colouring pad. This however, was before I came across bath crayons. After carefully considering the fact that it may encourage my toddler to draw with normal crayons on things, I decided that I would trust her. Thankfully she hasn't drawn on anything apart from the bath (and a couple of times her sister...)
The best thing about purpose designed bath crayons is they are completely washable. We have two packs in our bathroom. A pack of four Peppa Pig ones and a pack of four Paw Patrol ones. Depending on what mood she is in, Squidgy will choose which ones to play with and draw on the bath with. She has even started asking to help me clean off the crayon marks at the end of bath time.
Child Safe Toiletries *
There are so many products on the market these days it is hard to know what is good to have. The fail safe options of products such as Johnson's are often the go to when it comes to bathing our babies, but after trying out Good Bubble recently, I have to say it is a new favourite in our home.
Before using this product, I had never come across Cloudberry before, but I have to say, that I absolutely love the smell when I snuggle my girls after bath time is over. The shampoo is one of the bubbliest (is that even a word?) I have ever used, and we have great fun using it to create all sorts of fun hairstyles with Squidgy's long locks!
A Washmit or Flannel *
It seems pretty obvious to say that you need something to wash your child with, but hey, it has to be added to the list! If you're going to get something new though, you might as well go for something fun, like the Finding Dory finger puppet wash mitts that were in Squidgy's stocking at Christmas or these awesome "magic" flannels from Beauty Naturals.
All you have to do is pop the condensed shape into water and as it soaks up the water and begins to expand it becomes a flannel. There are five different Opal London magic face cloth designs available, and they are not only fun, super cute and useful, but not too badly priced either, at just £2.25.
Bath Grippy Dots
We absolutely love our Lindam Munchkin grippy dots. I remember as a child having non-slip mats and dots in the bath at both our own home and my grandparents when we visited there, so it is kind of nostalgic to be using a similar product in the bath with my two girls now. The ones that we have are brightly coloured and Squidgy loves them, helping me press down the suckers against the bottom of the bath.
As well as being a fun addition to bath time, and the perfect safety precaution to stop rowdy toddlers like mine harming themselves by slipping and falling in the bath, they have an added bonus of the heat indicator that only appears if the water that you have run in the bath is too hot. This is perfect for all us parents who don't necessarily have time to stand there and check a thermometer for the exact temperature at every bath time.
Another obvious one you might say, but it is a bath time essentials post after all! Soft and snuggly towels are a must when it comes to bathing your children, because they are not only a way to dry your children but it makes them so cuddly and cute too!
Squidgy has an all time favourite (one that is sorely missed and the cause of more that one tantrum at times when it has gone in to the wash!) which is a poncho style towel, complete with hood and character from one of her favourite movies, Disney's Frozen! Little L has a personalised pink and fluffy giant bath towel, that is so big she gets lost inside it, but it is certainly wonderful to have her wrapped inside and cuddles and kisses a plenty are given once both girls are tucked up in their towels before I get them dried and dressed!
Disclaimer: Although this post is written of my own volition, some of the products I have been sent for the purpose of testing them out for review. These products are highlighted by the use of an asterisk (*) beside them.