I have an admission to make. I feel like I should be whispering this or at least putting it in tiny writing. My children have baths two or maybe three times a week.
I know, I know! And I could start telling you that it prevents their skin getting too dry (it does) and that they don’t get that dirty (in this cold country, they don’t) but a big part of it would be that I often can’t face the effort of bathing them and as neither of them seem to have any trouble winding down for the evening, I haven’t worried about it too much. A wipe down will often suffice.
However, when they do have a bath, it is a beautiful thing. We all really enjoy it. Sometimes one of us gets in there with them. But mostly we enjoy watching our three-and-a-half-year-old and nearly-one-year-old play in the bath together. Often, they seem to forget about us all together.
I’ve made a minute-long video to remember what I love about this special time of our days.
It brings back happy memories of baths with my brother. We used to love taking bottles and cups in the bath or shower and I think my mother sometimes had a hard time getting us to come out of there so we could go to bed!
Whenever they have a bath, I’m willing my brain to lock in those memories, those snapshots in time: Talitha putting suds on her face and calling them a beard, Ophelia learning to splash and pour water from one cup to another, Talitha showing her what different toy animals are, the sounds of delight both of them make, two little faces looking up at me from a cloud of bubbles.
That said, I am often watching the clock, looking forward to putting them to bed so I can have a few child-free hours. And if Laurence is around, I’ll happily hand him the bath time task. I’m not the only one who feels this way. Cussons have produced a humorous video about all the dramas involved in “real-life” bathtimes as part of their #voicesofmums campaign.
The Cussons Mum & Me range is hypoallergenic and the Baby Ultra Mild Head to Toe Wash is made with camomile, which will hopefully usher alert little ones into a state readier for bed.
I’d like to know about bath time (and bedtime) at your house. How does it happen? Do you do baths every night? Who does the baths in your house?
In association with Cussons