Thursday, February 18, 2010

Bath Time

I have a love-hate relationship with bath time, I admit. I love it because who can resist those wet heads and shining eyes and giggles and squeals? I hate (okay, that's a strong word, more like feel disgruntled about) bath time because I'm tired by the time it comes around. I've taught and cleaned and cooked and chased and played and cooked and fed and cleaned and I'm ready to sit down, but no, it's bath time!
One way my hubby and I deal with this is (please don't report me!) we only bathe our kids every other night. (I'll pause here for you to take in that long shocked breath...) And since the week is a little uneven, it usually, okay, always ends up with us skipping two nights at some point. (Another shocked breath, anyone?) When I feel guilty I just think about Laura (we're reading The Little House series) and how she only bathed once a week, right?
All of this to say that occasionally bath time has been an issue for me. So when I ran across this blog over at Supermom Central, I decided to pass it on, just in case anyone out there has any of the same troubles.
There are definitely some great ideas here! Read to your kids while they're in the tub, let them paint the tub with chocolate syrup (brilliant!), or play relaxing music in the bathroom. I need ideas like this! If anyone has more, please leave them in a comment.
And really, most of all, I need to cherish the time with my kids. They are usually happy and relaxed (except for the occasional fit from the boy when any tiny speck of soap drips into his eye) and this is a good time for me to enjoy them. Learning letters with our foam bath letters or listening to them giggle as bottles make funny sounds, or seeing my daughter off in fairy land pretending to be a mermaid--these are the moments that put a smile on my face. These are the moments I will cherish!

11 comments:

  1. I know exactly what you mean. It's that last stretch of the day before bed time that is just so hard! We were laughing the other night because my hubby called at 3:00 to check in and I said that the day was going great. But by the time he got home at 6:00 I was ready to call it quits! Those last few hours are killer!

    (PS - my pediatrician said I'm only allowed to give the Little Man two baths a week. And only use soap 'occasionally' -- how's that to gross you out! Little Boys with very sensitive skin!)

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  2. we just found so bath crayons at target for $5!! they are awesome...no need for me do to the entertaining. And its ok if you skip bath every now and then ;)

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  3. I don't even want to tell you how often we do baths. Let's just say we go longer than you most times! We let our little guy do bubbles in the tub. It's a fun outside activity that we don't get to do in the winter. My dad decided to get him one of those bubble guns (shaped like a dog) for Christmas. For Christmas! So he enjoyed playing with that in the tub!

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  4. I only bathe my little one every other night as well. Three nights if the weather is really cold. I only have some little buckets and a ducky and a Noah in the tub with him. I don't linger at bath time (10 minutes max). To get him out of the tub I just turn the water to cold and the second the cold water touched his feet he would stand up for me to take him out of the tub. We giggle and have fun putting lotion on his body on the bed and then we read and then I rock him to sleep. The whole process took about 30-40 minute (with bathing time). Then I spend the evening with the rest of my family members.

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  5. I dread bath time, and my husband has class 2 nights a week... so when he's home he does it but by no means are we on a more aggressive schedule than you guys are :)

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  6. I'm a weirdo. I love bathtime. My kids love bathtime. They are happy and nice in the bath, (all 3 at the same time). It might have something to do with the fact that Daddy gives them baths when he is home, too. But I must say, it is a good time killer when it is close to bedtime but not bedtime. As far as frequency...lets just say, my kids are probably the cleanest kids in the 'hood. =) I like the music idea, though. Might have to try that.

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  7. we go back and forth where my kiddo wants 2 baths a day to going on a strike, I try to just roll w/ it but it can be frustrating

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  8. oh we love baths too! i used to give my oldest a bath *every* night and then realized i was drying out her poor skin. so we're down to every other night and more often on call if needed (like in the summer). like lisa, i find baths to be a wonderful time killer as my two and a half y/o loves being in the water. i let her bathe during the afternoon sometimes (during those "home-stretch" couple of hrs before daddy comes home) and it tends to calm us both down while freeing up our evenings a little more. like you - i'm spent in the evenings and ready for a break! plus, she'll play in there forever and am finding that now that i can leave her by herself for a few minutes at a time, i can use bath time to get some things done or clean the bathroom. :)

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  9. I am so relieved that my kids aren't the only ones out there dirty! Every other night for us works well, with Daddy doing most of the work. I'm his wing man (or lady) and I take care of towels, lotion, jammies and just general picking up.

    As our kids are getting older, the shower is definitely a plus because two of them can shower themselves, leaving the two little ones.

    Am I still a good mama if bath time isn't my favorite? I sure hope so! :)

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  10. Ha! My kids always get a bath on Saturday night and that's the only night we count on...especially in the winter months. I'm sure they are the dirtiest ones in the bunch!

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  11. My kids were bath tub deprived b/c I didn't want to mess with it - too tired and my back would hurt. My kids have taken showers from 3 months on. Since we have a hose with a sprayer it was easier and took less time. Now they are 5 and 9 and well on their way to long hot showers!

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