There are a few daily tasks that seem simple to adults, but once requested of a child, seem more like a request to stick a hot poker in their eye. Brushing hair, brushing teeth and BATHTIME are some of these tasks. Do you know what I would do to get to brush my hair or teeth without someone screaming bloody murder in the other room? A bath? Ahhh… I’d sell one of these kids for a bath!
Not the kiddos… to get them into the bath it’s a war. Once they’re there, I can’t get them out, but in my never ending search for making bathtime fun, I’ve come to realize that the messier, the better.
Bring on the Bubble Bath.
I’m not talking about just any bubble bath. I’m talking about a bubble bath with a billion bubbles.
Did You Know? There is more than one type of bubble bath?
Bubbles IN the water and bubbles ON the water. Apparently, you need a special machine to make bubbles inside the water, so unless we go to a special spa, we’ll have to settle for so many freaking bubbles on top of the water!
Did You Know? Essential oils in the bubble bath can help with lots of things.
Lavender, purification, or chamomile will help calm the skin and the mood. Thieves or eucalyptus oil can help fight colds. You can use them alone or mix them up. One of my favorite mixtures of oils helps cure a headache that comes from sinus congestion: soak in a bath with the following oils for 30-40 minutes and voila!
- Peppermint oil – 10 drops
- Eucalyptus oil – 5 drops
- Sesame seed oil – 1 Tbsp
Did You Know? Kids simply LOVE bubble baths!
Even these bath hating devil monsters. Some other helpful tips bubble baths are:
- If you have an air tub or jacuzzi, fill the bath with water that is not too hot, but warmer than normal. The air pressure cools the water quicker than normal.
- Start by pouring a small amount of soap in, turn on the air & wait to see how the bubbles grow! You can always add more, taking away is harder!
- Keep a squeegee handy for quickly keeping bubbles from overflowing!
- Always, always, always have dry, clean washcloths handy for wiping sensitive eyes.
- Clean-up is made easier by letting all the water drain from the tub and spraying down the bubbles with a spray bottle filled with white vinegar.
This post is part of a series called “Did You Know?”, where Lauren finds interesting and completely random facts that might help you win the bathtime fight one day!
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