Bath Time Struggles: Our Tips & Tricks

At Cherry Bridge Station Early Learning & Childcare we always say, “Every child is different!” and we love to celebrate and embrace the uniqueness of children, their likes and dislikes, and their developing personalities.

Sometimes though, our little learners can develop a dislike for something that is part of their family’s healthy daily routine. Something that’s a necessity – like bath time for example!

Sometimes an aversion to baths can be triggered by an unpleasant experience. This can easily be as simple as water in the eyes or ears. After all, we’ve had years to adjust to the sensation of water and wetting our faces, but for our little ones, it can be strange and frightening.

Sometimes, of course, our tiny tykes just hate getting clean or would rather be doing something else!

Either way, there are plenty of tips & tricks to ease all manner of bath time struggles and below are a few of our favourites.

Tips & Tricks for the Bath Time Blues

  • If your child hates getting water near their eyes or face, make sure that you keep a few dry washcloths to hand. You could also try one of the specially made shampoo shields.
  • Try a change in routine. Perhaps they find that bath time wakes them up rather than makes them sleepy, or vice versa. You can try to adjust bath time accordingly.
  • Transition from sponge baths into a proper bath. Try just putting a few inches of water in the bathtub, or if you have mixer taps you can leave out the plug and just run a stream of warm water. That way your child can sit or stand in the bath and be sponged down until they are more confident.
  • Make bath time fun time! Let your child bring their toys or dolls in with them and give them a bath too! Otherwise, ducks or boats, or even empty bottles, can all distract from the main aim here – getting clean!
  • Arty baths are also a great distraction. There are many products available to colour the water or create bath time paintings… you can even colour coordinate with toys and accessories, and help your little ones to learn their colours
  • Skip the bath. Sometimes it’s better not to force the issue too much. Sponge baths, wet wipes and flannels are usually sufficient for cleaning a little one until they become more comfortable around water. Insisting on a proper bath may create further resistance to it.
  • If your youngster is old enough to hold the shower head, or it can be set at an appropriate height (not to be aimed at the face), they may prefer to have a shower.

As long as there is age appropriate supervision and the temperature is closely managed there is no reason for a child not to shower if they prefer it.


If your child likes to stand in the bath or shower, or has a tendency to move around, a non-slip bath mat is essential. Supervision should be maintained at all times.


Enjoy every precious moment, whatever it may be!