My 2-and-half-year-old son has gone through stages of loving bath time and hating bath time and now loving it again. When he was an infant, bath time was new to him and he was still discovering the whole water and bubble situation. Now, he knows bathtime signifies the end of play time which ultimately leads to bedtime. So sometimes getting him to the bath is tough. Sometimes it takes bribing and trickery. Other times it takes throwing him over my shoulder and hauling him upstairs. Either way, I was tired of the begging and pleading so I got a little inventive in my trickery and got him to remember how much fun bath time can be.
After some brainstorming, I headed to my favorite store, Target. I hit the dollar spot and put together a Toddler Bath Caddy full of fun bath stuff like crayons, color fizzing tablets, bath finger paint, Magic Grow tablets that dissolve in water and transform into spongy creatures (one of his favorite) and a few other items I listed below. I also picked up a cute wire basket from Target to put everything in.
This Toddler Bath Caddy gets him so excited for bath time—there’s no more begging and pleading to get in the bath. When its time, I just ask him if he’s ready to pick something from his bath caddy and to play with in the tub and he’s ready to go. I made it very clear to him that this is his bath caddy full of special bath toys—NO average rubber ducks here!
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Check out some of the items I picked for J’s Toddler Bath Caddy:
Crayola Bath Paint (Target Dollar Spot or Dollar Tree)
Crayola Bath Bombs (Target)
Mr. Bubbles Foam Soap ( Target)
Mr. Bubbles Magic Bath Crackles ($.99 in store at Walmart)
3 Jars for bath dropz, grow tabs, and crayons (Michaels Craft Store)
Wire Basket (so your child can see all the items easily)
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Items to buy to make your own Toddler Bath Caddy:
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What’s your trick for getting your toddler in the tub? Do you have a Toddler Bath Caddy? Share some of your ideas in the comments below. I’d love to get some new ideas.
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