Bath time is a great opportunity for parents to bond with their babies while also helping to stimulate their growth and development. As babies grow quickly, they will eventually outgrow their baby bathtub and parents can switch to using a larger bathtub or a plastic swimming shell. It is also possible for parents to join their baby in the tub, which can provide even more opportunities for interaction and bonding.
The depth of the water is important to consider, as it should be deep enough to cover the baby’s ears. If the parent is in the tub with the baby, the bath can be filled slightly deeper, allowing the baby to experience their own buoyancy. It is important to remember that all bath time activities should be done under strict parental supervision.
Once your baby is in a larger bath, they will have more space to play, move and exercise. You can encourage your baby to exercise by saying “kick, kick” as they move their legs, splashing water over their body, and using coloured toys for stimulation. However, it is crucial to never leave your baby unattended in the bath.
Babies learn through stimulation of their senses, including sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. Bath time is the perfect opportunity to stimulate these senses and encourage your baby’s growth and development. You can communicate with your baby, sing songs, use toys, touch, and engage with the warm water to provide a fun and stimulating experience for both you and your baby. Bath time is an early bonding opportunity that is essential for parents and their child.