Can Pool Time Really Count as Bath Time?

You may have stumbled across this TikTok praising the summer because pool time starts counting as bath time for many children. Spending days in the pool is an ultimate core summer memory for so many of us, and we have to admit, we don't always bathe our kids after pool time - sometimes its just not possible! While the pool is great fun, it should not replace *regular* baths. Here’s why:

  1. Chemical Exposure: Pools are treated with chlorine and other chemicals to maintain hygiene. While these chemicals are crucial for keeping the water safe, they can be harsh on your child’s delicate skin. Chlorine can strip away natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation. 

  2. Ineffective Cleaning: Pool water does not effectively remove sweat, dirt, and oils that accumulate on your toddler’s skin throughout the day.

  3. Targeted Hygiene: Bathing provides an opportunity to clean hard-to-reach areas, such as behind the ears, between toes, and other crevices where dirt can accumulate. 

An easier-than-a-bath alternative?

For those summer days when you just can't get yourself to bathe your kids after a pool day, consider a fun alternative that combines outdoor play with proper hygiene: a soap and hose down. Use gentle soap, lather your child's body/hair, use a garden hose with a gentle spray nozzle to rinse off the soap completely. You can even make it playful by pretending to “chase” the dirt away or create a fun car wash scenario where your toddler is the car.

Fun Ways to Convince Your Toddler to Take a Bath

When you do have to bathe your child in a bathroom, it can be a feat trying to convince a toddler to transition from pool time to bath time. Here are some creative ways to get them into the tub faster. 

  1. Bath Toys and Accessories: Introduce new bath toys that can make bath time exciting. You can also make bath "themes" and get accessories to match. Rotating toys can keep the experience fresh and fun.

  2. Colorful Bath Bombs: Bath bombs that are safe for toddlers can add a magical element to the bath. Watching the fizz and color spread through the water can be fascinating for young children. Although be cautious, as some bath bombs may cause skin irritation or UTIs. 

  3. Bubble Baths: Bubbles are a classic way to make bath time fun. Create mountains of bubbles for your child to play with. You can even have a bubble-blowing contest or hide small toys under the bubbles for them to find. Again, be careful if your child has sensitive skin.

  4. Interactive Bath Mats and Stickers: Use bath mats and stickers that adhere to the tub walls. They come in various themes like animals, letters, and numbers, turning the bath into an educational and interactive experience.

  5. Bath Crayons: Bath crayons allow your toddler to draw on the tub walls. They can express their creativity and enjoy cleaning their art afterwards. These crayons are easy to wash off and are designed specifically for bathtub use.

  6. Routine and Rewards: Establish a consistent bath time routine so your toddler knows what to expect. Positive reinforcement, such as stickers or a small treat after a successful bath, can also encourage cooperation.

While the pool is a wonderful place for fun and cooling off, it should not replace the need for a bath. By incorporating playful elements into bath time and considering alternatives like a soap and hose down, you can ensure your toddler stays clean and healthy all summer long.

PS: If you need help simplifying bath time with your baby, our award-winning hands-free, wearable baby towels are a great accessory to make bath time less of a messy ordeal for you.

Enjoy making memories this summer with your littles! 

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