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Before I became a parent, the whole bath and bedtime routine I was told would be so helpful for getting my daughter to go to (and stay in) bed seemed so much simpler. I imagined us blowing bubbles and practicing spelling with bath toys before Dr. Seuss sealed the deal and she’d be off to dreamland. However, the reality looks more like me falling into the house after 7 PM and denying my little one’s requests to color and fingerpaint as I literally toss a pizza in the oven and debate with her about why we can’t throw the whole toy bin in the tub.

The bath and bedtime routine may not always be identical — or proceed perfectly each night — but the good news is just a few simple steps can make it less of a battle if your child is clearly like, “Turn down for what?” 

bath and bedtime routine

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Drop the “bath bomb” on your baby

The good news is, unlike adults, it doesn’t take much to turn a mundane activity into something exciting and special for kids. A little glitter and food coloring added to bath time can go a long way. A favorite in our household is bath bombs by LUSH cosmetics which come in colorful, kid-friendly-shapes like paintbrushes and robots and are natural, handmade and vegetarian. Don’t forget bath toys, shapes, and letters that will help distract any kid that is leery of soap and water (they all are at some point) and will even help them learn a few things in the process.

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