Bath time is not only a wonderful time for you to bond with your baby, but it is also a great opportunity for your baby to learn through sensory play. Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your baby’s five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
Spending time stimulating your baby’s senses helps social, linguistic, cognitive, emotional, physical and creative development. Babies get to investigate their surroundings, using their senses as the main tool for discovery. Water play at bath time is an easy way for you to introduce sensory play to your precious one. In fact, babies and toddlers are drawn to water, not only because of the familiarity of the womb but because of the calming effects it can have.
At bath time, try filling a large, shallow bowl and pour water on and around your baby. The feel of the water on your baby’s skin will increase body awareness and encourage visual coordination as she or he tracks the stream of the water. It is important for babies to become acclimated to having water near their faces and not to panic when it happens, as this helps them when they’re learning to swim and stay safe in water. To facilitate this you can use a clean, soap-free sponge to gently squeeze small amounts of water on to your baby’s face.
When bath time is over, use baby towels with built-in hoods, like the Just Born Hooded Towel. These types of towels are the most effective and comfortable way to keep his or her head warm when wet.
Make sure to always remember to follow bath time safety tips each and every time you bathe baby.