Bath time is HUGE part of our evening ritual with Brooks.
Tub time should never be treachery. It should be a fun time for your kid to unwind. I always look forward to giving Brooks a bath. I’m not going to lie, some days it is because I know that going “night-night” is just around the corner, but truly most times it is because I get some sweet giggles and some quality bonding time with my son.
(The pic above is Brooksie with his buddy Vivienne. Vivienne’s Mama is one of my dearest friends on the planet from my college days.)
Now that we are more “mature,” we opt for a little entertainment during our tub time. As a mom, I’m more than happy to provide the fun as it ultimately brings on the clean and initiates the evening wind down for my little guy. I recently found all these cool goodies for the tub. (Thank you Duke Stuber for being our Doggie Supermodel!!)
As I’ve mentioned before Brooks is loco for everything bubble related.
The bathtub is the perfect zone for even MORE bubble time fun. I’m not just talking about suds in the water. I found this battery operated bubble machine, which is made just for the tub. This little bubble machine had me at hello. These bath crayons from Munchkin are tub art approved.
Brooks is learning his colors, letters and numbers so these foam letters are not only fun to play with, but are helping my boy continue his education underwater. Fear not my darlings, not all of our bath time entertainment is store bought.
I’ve got two recipes that you can whip up at home like the Super Mama you were meant to be and it’s as simple as 1, 2, 3!! I have to admit, Brooks and I had fun just making the “paints.” I can’t wait for him to be able to unleash his inner Picasso.
All you need is a cupcake tin, shaving cream, a few drops of food coloring and a paintbrush or even just little fingers. You don’t have to have your tub filled with water for it to be fun. The tub is an ideal canvas. Creating tub art is perfect as a rainy day activity or if you have an under the weather kiddo who needs a low-activity project to enjoy. (Brooks is 100% healthy in this pic, but he was just too excited to try out his new crayons to actually take a bath.)
Another DIY tub paint recipe to try uses your favorite baby body wash as its base.
- 1 cup body wash
- ½ cup cornstarch
- ½ cup water
- Few drops of food coloring
One thing I’ve really wanted to give a whirl, and I think Brooks would love, is glow in the dark bath water! You accomplish this magic by tossing the inside felt part of a non-toxic highlighter into the bathwater (you need a few) to get a glowing body of water. I will post a pic once we make an attempt. Fingers crossed it's not a #PinterestFail.
What are some of your tub time tricks? Do your little ones love the bath as much as Brooks does? I have to say one of my favorite parts of our evening routine is AFTER the bath when my sweet boy smells so delicious and we get snuggle time on the couch.
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