Bathing siblings together
Do you bathe your children together?
Bathing siblings together makes bath time a family affair, and toys and bubbles can be more fun with a friend…or four in our case!
Whether you have a baby and toddler, or a toddler and preschooler, or more, when they’re close in age popping siblings in the tub together is a great opportunity for them to bond during the bath time laughter – it’s a classic family moment and perhaps one we remember from our own childhood. Plus for parents it certainly saves time!
They’ll have so much fun squirting, splashing and playing with bubbles that as long as they enjoy playing together and not launching toys at each others’ heads, they can carry on sharing a bath.
- There’s no magical right or wrong age for children to start bathing together.
- If a baby and toddler are sharing a bath, try popping your baby in a specially designed baby bath seat, then they’ll have both hands free.
- Follow the same safety rules you would with one – and never leave a baby alone in a bath with an older sibling.
- Whilst an older sibling can help entertain a younger one, be sure to supervise bath time and don’t leave it to a pre-schooler, or even slightly older child to supervise a younger toddler.
- Let them play with toys and bubbles, bathtime can be a learning experience like anything else.
- Encourage children to splash.
- Make sure they get their faces wet, this is important for water confidence.
- They may have fun, washing each other’s hair – they will have watched you and have learnt what to do.
Signs it’s time to stop bathing them together
- At some point your little ones will outgrow their ‘togetherness’ at bath time.
- Older children need independence and privacy, so follow your child’s lead on when it’s time to switch to a separate bath routine – your older child may ask for some privacy and that is fine.
- You might want to switch to showers at some point, some children prefer this as they get older.
- Go with your own instincts – stop when one of your children starts to feel uncomfortable, reluctant or a little embarrassed.
- When they get too big and it’s simply not practical for them to share a bath!
If your little ones like to busy themselves having fun with bubbles try InfaCare, it produces lots of long lasting bubbles, more than any other bubble bath we have tried. InfaCare is a super gentle formulation – clinically tested, non-irritating, pH balanced – so whether you’re using the Ultra Mild Baby Bath or its sibling the Night Time Baby Bath it will gently clean and care for your little people’s skin, even the most sensitive.
Do you bathe your children together? What do you think are the advantages/disadvantages?