5 tips for happier bathtimes

Bathtimes 5 tips for happier bathtimes

As regular readers will know, for the first 15 months of Baby’s life she was absolutely petrified of the bath.  This meant I had to take her in the shower with me, which became increasingly more difficult the bigger she has got.

However, we have completely the opposite situation now.  She adores the bath!  It is unbelievable to see the difference.  So, if you have a little one who would rather not be bathed, here are our top tips to happier bathtimes.

1.  Check the temperature – We have spent months trying to bath her in water around 37 ° (recommended 37°-38°).  More recently I used the shower to fill the bath and it was much cooler.  Baby then accepted the bath and stopped being scared.

2. Toys – Let your Baby play with a bath toy out of the bath, when they are happy and comfortable.  Then, when you try to bath them give them this toy and hopefully it will have calm associations and help to comfort them.

3. Wet Faces – Don’t wipe the water off your babies face.  If you always do, they won’t get used to it and will panic if they get water on their face.  If they ever fall in to water, you want them to swim to safety, not worry that they have water on their faces.

4. If they enjoy swimming, use the songs and actions from these classes.  I always pour a jug of water over Baby’s head (as we do in lessons).  I say ‘ready…..go’ and she knows what is going to happen (she actually smiles when I say ‘ready’ as she knows what’s coming).  We sing ‘this is the way we make a splash’,  so I will use this when she is in the bath, again to associate bathing with the fun time she has swimming.

5. Get your little on playing with water in other situations.  Baby’s turnaround happened after she had played with her new sand and water table, which seemed to make her much more confident.

Most of all remember to HAVE FUN!  Make bath time a really fun experience for your baby and you.  Baby has gone being totally petrified, to trying to get in herself and squealing with happiness at the thought of a bath!

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I have been around horses (on and off) all my life, having started to ride when I was three.  I don’t come from  horsey family, but horses have played a huge part in my life.  I sadly don’t ride anymore for various reasons, but mainly health ones.

I really believe that riding and looking after animals in general, teaches children hugely important life skills.  It certainly kept me out of mischief while growing up.  There is something special about looking after a horse, training together and become best friends.  Sharing so many adventures, whether is is competing or just exploring the local countryside.  Before I ‘retired’ I was competing at Prix St Georges level (3 below the Grand Prix pinnacle) with my beautiful ‘friend’ Oz, who I sadly lost a few years ago.

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So although I am going to try my best not to turn into a pushy Pony Club mother, I really want her to try riding and see if she likes it.  Just before Christmas, Baby rode a donkey and loved it.  I have been looking forward, so much, to her having the opportunity to ride a ‘proper’ pony.  The weekend before last, she did!  His name was Smartie and she loved him.  At first she concentrated really hard, then about a quarter of the way round let out a big happy shriek!

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I love that in the first picture it looks like she is really taking in the ladies instruction.  I was tempted to put Smartie in the car and bring him home for her, as he was perfect!  It was such a lovely moment watching her very first pony ride.  Hopefully, the first of many.  Who knows where she could end up,  future Olympian (Oh I said I wasn’t going to be a pushy mum didn’t I!? …oops!)

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Whatever happens, I hope she can find as much joy in horses through her life as I have.


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Katie from Mummy Daddy Me for #OrdinaryMoments

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It’s time to link up with ‘The 52 Project’ (Practising Simplicity) and the ‘Living Arrows’ (I Heart Snapping).  The aim is to take a picture that captures the beauty and magic of childhood in our eyes.  I am also linking up with Snowing Indoors Point & Shoot feature.

“You are the bows from your children as living arrows are sent forth’ Kahul Gibran.”


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Our Week That Was Captured #29

This week we have had lots of fun outside.  The sun has shone in our little part of the world, for most of the week and we have made the most of it.

Our Week

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  1. Sunday – We went to a local children’s farm and had lots of fun.
  2. Monday – We had a lovely play date with our friends K and T-B.  It was fab to see them and hear about their holiday.  In the afternoon we spent some time in the garden, enjoying the water table.
  3. Tuesday – It was the first day of Toddler swimming classes, Baby was fabulous and did a little bit of solo swimming.  We played in the garden again, as she loves it so much.
  4. Wednesday – Baby didn’t nap.. All. Day.  We had to go and stock up on supplies, so we popped into the local playground on the way out.
  5. Thursday - We went out to get a few bits.  Baby wants to wash her hands in the sink, so we needed a little step and a few other bits.  I might have bought Baby some things in H&M….  We had a stroll through the park and a play on the playground.  Baby accosted a lovely lady and made the lady walk round with her holding her finger…  Then in the afternoon our friends L and K came round for tea and a catch up.
  6. Friday – Toddler Sense first thing, then Baby and I had lunch in M&S and I bought a new skirt in the sale, £7?  yes please!
  7. Saturday – We popped to the local DIY shop and supermarket.  We did a little bit of rearranging and started to paint the kitchen.  We both hate the colour so we have got to do it again!

So that’s our week captured.  What have you got up to this week? x

As always I am linking up with the fabulous Hannah from Make Do & Push #TWTWC

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Silent Sunday #48

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Mums’ List #18

It’s Mums’ List time with the fabulous Hannah over at Mums’ Days.  Mums’ List allows us to share the highlights (personal and blogging) of our week and also the things that still need to be ticked off our Mums’ Lists!

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  • We have been enjoying the beautiful weather, getting out and about whenever possible.
  • I have been painting – when will it end!  This time it was Baby’s picket fence for her garden.  #SoExcited!
  • Baby started Toddler swim class.
  • We caught up with friends that we haven’t seen for a while, which was lush!
  • Baby rode a pony for the first time. #WannaBePonyClubMum!



  • I am now 220 in the TOTS100 blog rankings and this makes me very happy!  (For anyone who doesn’t know they are out of about 10,000 blogs).

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  • My most popular new blog post this week has been this one about our trip to the beach.
  • New blog discovery; Natalie’s lovely blog babyandhome.  This blog is such a lovely read and I find myself agreeing with so much of what she writes.
  • I am so pleased to finally have a wireless printer thanks to VikingDirect.  I can now easily print all of Baby’s pictures!
  • I have discovered a tweet scheduler that has CHANGED MY LIFE!  It saves me about an hour a day.  I usually use Twuffer, which is great as it is free, BUT you have to input each tweet, changing the time for each.  So it can be quite time consuming.  I found Social Oomph, which is JUST what I was looking for.  You can enter a tweet and set it to tweet out at whatever frequency you want, for as many times as you want, indefinitely if you like!  I can’t tell you how happy this has made me.
  • I have started to get businesses on board for my 1st year Blogaversary month of giveaways, which is next month.
  • We have been invited to a blogger event at CBeebies land.  Baby will be so excited to see ITNG!



  • I have been inspired by a conversation on IG about IG giveaways.  So I think I might run one. If you fancy following me, I am here. #Simples
  • I need creative ways to work with my blogging friends.
  • I also need to put together Baby’s toddler room, as her nursery is always a gazilion degrees!  She will also want more space as she gets older.  This does mean more painting!
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Saturday is ‘Hot-wiring’ Caption Day! #25

Saturday is ‘Caption Day’!  Here is my picture and all you have to do is caption it, simples!.  This week Sat Cap is being hosted by Helen over at Kiddycharts.

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Word of the Week #27

It’s Friday, so it’s time to link up with the lovely Jocelyn from The Reading Residence and decide on my Word of the Week #WotW.  The word of our week has been;

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This week we have been blessed everyday with the most glorious weather!  It makes such a difference, doesn’t it?  So we have been getting out into the great outdoors at every opportunity.  I grew up surrounded by horses and animals, so I am at my happiest when I am outside and I think Baby feels the same.

Over the weekend, we had a family trip to the beach and visited a lovely children’s farm.  On Monday Baby was reunited with one of her BFF’s (they had been on holiday) and it was lovely to watch the girls play together in the sun.  They share so well.  We have spent time in the garden, as Baby adores her sand and water table.  I have been frantically trying to paint Baby’s picket fence while she has been occupied splashing, so we can get it put up at the weekend.  Towards the end of the week we have spent time wandering through the park and playing in various playgrounds.

I do hope this lovely weather continues, as I hope to get Baby’s paddling pool out for the first time at the weekend.

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The Alphabet Project {J is for….}

Welcome to the ‘Alphabet Project’, a fun photography project brought us by Charly over at Podcast Dove.  The idea is simple, we take a picture each week based on a certain letter of the alphabet.  The links can be literal or more abstract.

This week it is ‘J‘ and for us J is for Joy

This picture was taken last weekend at West Wittering beach.  I love it, it brings me joy to watch her enjoying herself so much in the water.

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Gratitude List #6

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For me the process of writing a weekly gratitude list, ensures I consciously take in the small, but lovely, things that happen every day.  Then, they are immortalised here on the page, so I always remember the little things I have loved.

This week I loved;

  • Watching Baby in the sea for the second time.  She had tremendous fun.
  • That my, once scared of swimming, Baby is now full of confidence and in the toddler class.
  • Watching Baby and Mr Hubby play cuddle attacks. Baby wanders past with a ‘please don’t get me’ (but DO get me) look on her face.  Then screams with delight when she gets cuddle attacked!
  • Our new bargain gazebo (£19 from B&Q), which covers most of Baby’s side of the garden.
  • Watching Baby play with her sand and water table, she LOVES the water side.

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  • Baby rode her first ever pony (more on that soon!!)
  • My bed!  I have found myself longing to get in it each night, instead I have done a fair bit of falling asleep on the couch.
  • That I found a tweet scheduler that saves me about an hour a day!
  • Watching Baby running on the spot when she is excited.


So what are you grateful for this week?

I am linking up with This Enchanted Pixie’s 52 weeks of gratitude,

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Let’s Talk Mommy’s Share with Me linky.

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