How to Deal with Toddler Tantrums at Bath Time

Bath time temper tantrums have been an age old problem for toddlers. Some toddlers just do not act as if they like the thought of having to take a bath. There are many different reasons why children act this way. Every individual is different. Here are some common problems and possible solutions.

Sometimes when a child does not want to get a bath it may be as simple as the air temperature around the bath tub is cooler than he or she would want compared to the temperature of the bath water. An easy fix is to make sure the air is heated a little more. Think of the way you would want the bath room to feel if it was you getting into the bath.

Some children have a fear of the water. This is something that takes a little more inquiring on the part of the parent or caregiver to discover, but if this is the root of the problem, is it not worth seeking out to help the child be more assured? Given the hindrance of bath time is a fear of water; a few steps might make this easier for both the toddler and the caregiver. Try encouraging the child to splash the water with his or her hand to show that the water will not hurt him or her. There is always the option of making a game out of bath time. Do not be afraid to play with the child, children love approval and interaction. If he or she sees that this playful behavior is acceptable compared to tantrums, this might be enough to end those tantrum days. If a child is unwilling to play with the water alone, try adding some bath time toys to the scenario. There is a wide variety of items for bath play, from soap crayons to bubble bath to rubber farm animals. The possibilities are practically endless. This is because if the store bought items do not seem to do the trick, another idea is to make some bath toys. Children enjoy making things and seeing how they work. This will also encourage a youngster to use some creativity. A simple project only requires some origami knowledge, or internet access, and some wax paper. Make a sail boat out of the wax paper. The wax paper will allow it to stay in the water for a longer period of time that another form of paper and will give the child his or her own special toy for the bath. Take this project a step further and encourage him or her to decorate the boat with stickers or crayons for a personal touch. This is a temporary toy and will not last for multiple baths, but the confidence and self assurance of this tiny human seems to by far outweigh the cost of some wax paper, stickers and time.

Other children may be afraid of going down the drain of the bath tub. This may seem like a ridiculous thought, but to a babe it might be perfectly logical. The drain may be such a surreal fear that prevents him or her from enjoying or even wanting a bath.  Attempt to explain and show the toddler nothing as big as a person can go down the drain a chance. If this still does not bring comfort to the child, reassure him or her that the plug will not be pulled until he or she is out of the bath. If the drain being used is the style that does not require a plug, this might be a wise and simple investment to make.

Children are in many ways more complex than adults. Some of the things that reason tells adults cannot possibly be so can often times make perfect sense to a child that lacks rational to tell him or her otherwise. Just because a caregiver knows something to be a certain way does not mean that the child has the experience or the common knowledge to know the same thing. Parents and caregivers are here to help teach, calm and reassure children, among other responsibilities, and that job might take some creativity.