Yellow Submarine Hooded Towel by Rebecca Huang
Somehow, over the past few years of raising my two daughters, I’ve always managed to have fun at bath time. We play, sing, splash, relax, and genuinely have a good time together. Whether that’s due to my girls’ natural affinity for water or my sheer good luck as a mom, I’ll never know. We deal with tantrums at every other time of day, naturally, but never at bath time! I consider myself blessed.
However, one thing I know I’ve done right is decking out their bathroom with colorful and creative bathroom accessories. These items make bath time much more fun and kid-friendly, and I know they helped both my girls fall in love with it. We use the eight bath time essentials below to make our routine go smoothly. With any luck, these accessories will help you build a really positive bath time experience for you and your kids!
Underwater Dreams Hooded Towel by Elodie Coudray
If there’s one piece of advice I can impart to parents everywhere, it’s this: never underestimate the power of colorful, kid-friendly design. A cute children’s shower curtain can completely transform a blah bathroom into a space kids love to be in—and that makes all the difference if you have a child that resists bath time. Choose a shower curtain with whimsical characters or silly colors, and really make the bathroom welcoming to your child! If you need a recommendation, I think Hazel Quintanilla’s A Sailor’s Life shower curtain has the perfect mix of bright colors, detailed designs, and kid-friendly characters to really invite your child into the bath space.
This, friends, will save your life at bath time. Not all rinser cups are created equal, and using a normal plastic cup from the kitchen is bound to get water in those sensitive toddler eyes. My tried-and-true model is a scoop-shaped waterfall rinser with a nice big handle. A curved lip lets me position the cup perfectly on little foreheads and avoid getting water on their faces. It also holds quite a generous amount of water, so I only have to do one or two rinses to get my little girls’ hair clean.
If you’re new to the whole bath time gig, let me warn you right now: too many bath toys make for a way bigger problem than you bargained for. You don’t need fancy complicated toys, and you certainly don’t need a million of them. Aside from the standard foam bath letters and plastic kitchen cups, some of my favorite bath toys include small squirt animals and simple sailboats. Once your little one is old enough to participate in the process, you might also consider getting a bath-safe baby doll for them to practice washing! Choose a few open-ended bath toys for your kids to enjoy and keep things really simple.
Every now and then, I like to surprise my girls with a unique and special bath time. I put together quick, easy, and inexpensive materials from around the house and create a fun bath experience without all their usual toys, and they absolutely love the surprise. I see this practice as my bath time secret weapon, and you can do the same for your own kids! Some of my favorite ideas have included:
Even if you have just enough bath toys to keep things interesting, chances are you don’t have enough room on your tub edges to let them all dry safely and prevent mold growth. We went through several mesh bags, wire baskets, and tub-spanning caddies before finding the toy solution that really worked for us. We finally found a toy holder that’s shaped like a giant scoop—which makes it so easy to collect the toys, rinse them all at once, and hang them up to dry. I love “gobbling” up toys with my kids! It’s a fun part of our routine and helps ease the transition out of water playtime.
My youngest daughter’s favorite bath time accessory is her soft hooded towel. We love playing after-bath “dress up,” and she parades around the bathroom as a beautiful purple-haired mermaid. This simple hooded towel makes getting out of the bath easy and fun, and is, therefore, a key player in our lineup of mermaid bathroom accessories. I recommend getting a high-quality towel made from easy-care polyester—and consider buying two, so you can have one in the wash without disrupting your child’s normal routine.
A small, seemingly-inconsequential item in the children’s bathroom is the bath mat—but it’s earned a place on my list of essentials due to its sheer usefulness. Do yourself (and your knees) a favor and purchase a high-quality memory foam microfiber mat. It’ll help cushion you while you sit tubside to play with your little one, and it’ll keep your bathroom much, much cleaner by catching the water that always splashes out of the tub. Cotton or terry-cloth mats just don’t do a good enough job, I’ve found. Try getting a bath mat with a cheerful kid-friendly design to help make your bathroom even more fun!
Finally, I’ve included an out-of-the-bath item that makes the final steps of the bath time routine much easier: the step stool. All parents know that after just a few weeks of lifting your growing little one up to wash hands and rinse their toothbrush, your arms are in a perpetual state of complaint. Solve the soreness by getting your child their very own step stool! Any inexpensive, sturdy model will do—and I particularly love to personalize our wooden step stools with each child’s name. With this item, your bathroom is fully complete and ready to house a stable, smooth bath time routine!
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