easy toddler bath routine

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With 3.5 and 1.5 year-old daughters (and another baby girl on the way!), having a bath time routine is essential in our house, and from playing outside and having (sometimes) multiple baths a day to my youngest having some dry skin concerns, our routine is ever-changing and flexible.

JOHNSON’S® has always been a part of our family since I was a baby – honestly, I tried other brands but nothing beats it. It just smells and feels like a baby should, and with their newly reformulated products with 50% fewer ingredients that are over 90% naturally derived, I’m more confident in these products than ever.

From my extreme aversion to dry skin to my girls’ curly hair, there’s something in this line for all of our bath concerns.

My girls love bath time, so getting them in is never an issue, and honestly when you’re out of things to do, bath time can be a saving grace activity!

Easy toddler bath time routine

Easy toddler bath time routine

While daytime and playtime baths are always encouraged, for the purpose of this post, I’ll talk about how setting a bath routine at night plays into a smoother bedtime transition as well.

1. Bath time signals bed time: by doing bath time after dinner and before bed routinely, it’s a great cue for your kids that bedtime is coming.

2. Rub-a-dub-dub, three kids in a tub: if you have multiple kids, throw them in the tub together; my girls learned to wash themselves and each other (which is SO stinking cute), and they use the same products so it’s easy peasy.

3. Choose the right products: I’m a stickler for soft skin, so I’ve been loving JOHNSON’s® new & improved line, inside and out. The products leave no unwanted residue behind and are easy-rinsing and fast-absorbing. Translation? Less slippery kiddos makes bath time SO much easier, and when the new baby comes, this will be huge. 

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Our favorite products:  JOHNSON’S® Baby head-to-toe® Wash, No More Tangles Detangling Spray, & COTTONTOUCH™ Newborn Face & Body Lotion.

4. Don’t brush through plain wet hair: whether or not your kids have curly hair like mine, be gentle and kind to their hair. Wet hair breaks easier, so use a detangling spray and comb through with a wet brush or wide-tooth comb.

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5. Lotion, lotion, lotion: protect that baby soft skin and always lotion post bath. When my kids don’t want to get out of the tub, I entice them by saying they can lotion themselves. That’s the ticket!

toddler bath time

6. PJs and cuddle time: when everyone is nice and clean, I have the girls pick out their jammies and we have calm activities before bed. I like to have them brush their teeth and go potty right after baths so it’s out of the way before bed and we have lots of cuddle time.

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I found these products at Kroger and Marianos, and they’re so simple to find right in the baby aisle! When you’re a busy momma, running from home, work, to the grocery store, and more, all you need is one trip to Kroger to get all your baby essentials and groceries.  

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Lasting thoughts

What are your go-to bath time rituals and routines? Share with me below!