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Kids’ bath time is often highly fraught for parents. With babies and toddlers often resisting baths and kicking up a fuss, the tendency is to skip the bath time altogether just to skip the tantrums!

However, skipping bath time could actually make your life harder in the long term and affect your baby’s sleep – and in turn, yours too.

“Establishing a consistent bath time ritual for your baby could be the simple solution that helps your little one settle for a peaceful night,” says baby sleep educator and consultant Maryanne Sayers. “Additionally, bath-time is a beautiful bonding time for you and your baby and can be one of the most special times of the day.”

Master the ‘Bath. Feed. Bed’ routine

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Preparing your little one for bedtime is all about stripping it back to the basics and establishing a routine. Maryanne says that one of the most important foundations she teaches parents is the need to, “establish a consistent, early bedtime for their baby and having an easy, gentle wind-down schedule leading into that bedtime.” Try introducing a simple ‘Bath. Feed. Bed.’ routine as a nice lead into bedtime every night.

Establish a safe ritual bathing process

The importance of establishing a ritual bathing process as part of your baby’s nightly routine is highly understated. “A lovely bath is the best way to start to prepare your baby for a great night-time sleep,” says Maryanne. She recommends that “when bathing your baby, use water that is warm, but not hot and only have the water at a low level in the tub.” Make sure that “if your baby can’t yet sit-up, support your baby’s head and back with one hand whilst using a washcloth and mild baby’s wash, with your other hand to cleanse your little one. The warmth of the washcloth is very soothing on your baby’s body.” Maryanne also notes the importance of using “a low-level voice to speak or sing to your baby whilst bathing” to lull them into a state of relaxation.

Use soothing bath time products

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While little ones love the entertainment of a good old bubble bath, Maryanne says that using products with no added nasties is essential. One reason for this being to eliminate any possible irritation that comes with certain products, and another being that toddlers have very soft, delicate skin that shouldn’t be exposed to harsh chemicals. Using products like the CoComelon Bubble Bath that has been formulated with toddler’s precious skin in mind is ideal. With a gentle formula, the CoComelon Bubble Bath protects your child’s skin from dirt and pollution whilst simultaneously moisturising and protecting the skin from dryness with the addition of Vitamin B5.

Incorporate a gentle scalp massage

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Likewise, it’s just as important to take care of your little one’s hair! CoComelon 3 in 1 Shampoo, Conditioner & Body Wash is designed as a mild cleanser that is gentle on toddlers’ skin and hair, enriched with moisturiser which can be used every day. This 3 in 1 combination is not only amazingly convenient but also contains anti-bacterial properties to protect skin from the environment.

Toddler’s scalps are very delicate and can feel everything, so to maintain knot-free hair and avoid the tears that come with trying to get rid of knots, the CoComelon Detangling Conditioner is great to incorporate into the daily routine, assisting in making hair more manageable, leaving it extra soft, smooth and easy to comb without any visible residue. This detangler will also help to reduce hair fallout and breakage that can result from combing and leaves it silky-smooth.

Maintain the warmth

The importance of a warm bath before your baby’s bedtime is scientifically proven, helping to aid muscle relaxation and lower your baby’s blood pressure, helping to calm them. Maryanne says that, “after coming out of a warm bath, a baby’s body temperature starts to cool when the air hits the wet skin, so dry your baby quickly and loosely wrap your baby in a soft towel. From the bathroom, carry your baby straight to their room to be dressed into their sleepwear. Once dressed, give your baby the bedtime feed with the lights dimmed or off” to reduce stimulation.” Following the feed, you can then give your baby “a quick burping and they can then go down for the night in their bassinet or cot.”

Using this Bath. Feed. Bed. routine is great to use every night to prepare your baby for a great night’s sleep every night.

MORE ON THE COCOMELON BATHTIME RANGE:

CoComelon Bubble Bath: A gentle formula, protecting your child’s skin from dirt and pollution. Moisturises whilst protecting the skin from dryness with the addition of Vitamin B5.

RRP: $12.99

Suitable for ages 18m+

CoComelon 3 in 1 Shampoo, Conditioner & Body Wash: A mild cleanser designed to be gentle on toddlers’ skin and hair, enriched with moisturiser which can be used every day. Contains anti-bacterial properties to protect skin from the environment.

RRP: $12.99

Suitable for ages 18m+

CoComelon Conditioning Shampoo: Helps to keep kids’ hair and scalps clean and healthy. Enhanced moisturising and conditioning effects with the addition of Vitamin B5.

RRP: $12.99

Suitable for ages 18m+

CoComelon Detangling Conditioner: Assists in making hair more manageable, leaving it extra soft, smooth and easy to comb without any visible residue. Will help to reduce hair fallout and breakage that can result from combing and leaves it silky-smooth.

RRP: $11.49

Suitable for ages 18m+

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  • So much easier this way

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  • We’ve had the bath, feed, bed routine since birth and it’s been a dream

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  • My first two children loved their daily baths, but my third would scream from the moment I took her clothes off, until I got her dried & dressed again. She did this until she was just over 12 months old, we moved to W.A for my husbands work & we took her to a nice calm beach. After that we couldn’t keep her clothes on & she decided she loved water after all.

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  • Agree a good bath routine is key. Love this bubble bath too

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  • My kids have all loved a nice massage after a bath with some good moisturiser and that helped settle them as well :)

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  • Bath feed bed is the best routine. My little one exerts all her remaining energy splashing in the bath so once that’s over she is relaxed and ready for a good night sleep.

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  • Bath time can be stressful for my toddler and I so some novel shampoos would help!

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  • all my kids love their bath time, never fans of showers, but a warm bath, pyjamas, story and bed helps to calm them down after a long day

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  • I’ve been lucky in that all my kids like bath time and it’s hardly ever a struggle. Routine is so important though, my toddlers have firm bedtimes.

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  • I agree routine is important and making a bath part of the bedtime routine to encourage relaxation and a good night sleep makes a lot of sense.


    • Definitely. I’ve tried yesterday and it has made a difference

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  • Definitely important to set routines! Couldnt agree more

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  • Such an important time to make sure you include n the routine, My son has always loved bath time :)

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  • Great tips

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  • My kids love bath time!
    We used to have baths almost every night but now I’m back at work so can’t spend hours in there so they now just have showers every night before bed.

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  • Yes I definitely agree bath time is such an important step in our bed time routine however there are days where the kids don’t want to have a bath and I let that be. Also
    My youngest has eczema and not having a bath everyday actually is good for his skin.

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