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Bed time means…. BATH TIME and if your children are anything like mine, it’s kind of a dreaded time. Someone is usually crying or screaming, just because they don’t want to get wet or they’re so tired the thought of water touching them is repulsive! LOL. I have three adorable children and because of their ages I now have to give THREE separate baths and by the time I’m done washing 3 little faces, 3 little butts and like a million toes….im exhausted! So, here are just a few tips to make bath time and bed time go a little smoother.
1. Start your bath time a little earlier than usual. Like before the time they get to that “cranky tired” stage. Bath time should be a rather relaxing time for your child.
2. If necessary or desired, try music. Music is a great way to keep things calm and relaxing. Singing together with your child is also TONS of fun!! Abc’s, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, or whatever floats their little boat.
3. Have PJ’s already laid out!! This is a huge stress relief for me. If PJ’s aren’t already waiting on the bed, takes extra time and leaves room for whining.
4. If the bath doesn’t settle them enough to sleep, cuddle up to a favorite book or two. Sometimes, I even put on a nice calm movie they like (works wonders). Once the movie is off, usually takes about an hour, it’s time to hit the sack!
Now, somewhere in there, someone is going to have to pee and probably want water and a snack. Of course right! Small cup of water, MAKE them pee and send them to bed.