Washing your Toddler 1 to 3 years

As your child gets older she will probably regard bathtime primarily as playtime. Most children love playing with water and the bathtub is one of the most convenient places for them to do it, so provide plastic cups, bowls, boats, and ducks, allow plenty of time, relax, and let bathtime be fun. Encourage your child to wash herself by having a special sponge that she can use. Until she’s developed adequate coordination, she won’t do a perfect job of it so be prepared to go over the same areas with another washcloth. Soap both of your child’s hands by holding a bar of soap between them, and show her how to spread the soap over her body and arms.

Baths should be carefully supervised because children of this age ...

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