Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Rub a Dub Dub - Paintin' the Tub




One of my favorite parenting tricks is painting in the bath tub.  While I have let Ashlynn paint at the highchair from time to time, I like giving her some more space to make a mess.  I'm still pretty much terrified to let her do it anywhere else indoors, since if she wasn't restrained by a chair, she'd surely be painting the walls, her toys, and the carpet.






In the tub, she can strip down, not ruin her clothes, and go to town painting the tub, walls, and herself.  After she gets bored, we "play" clean up - any chore is fun for a toddler when you add water! And then we have a nice warm bubble bath after.  


All in all, this kills a good hour or so... which has been great for these long winter days stuck in the house with freezing temps and snowstorms.  



I addition to the fun painting the tub, which we use these finger paints, Ashlynn loves bath time.  We pretty much do bath every other night, unless she needs one of course, and wash her hair about once a week... again, unless yogurt or peanut butter gets in it. 



She has a variety of tub toys and loves them all. The educational foam letters and numbers, bath crayons, tea set, or submarine, she plays with them all the same. She actually loves playing with the cup that we wash her hair with and empty bubble bath bottles, so in true toddler fashion, we could probably get away without any toys at all.  





She also loves to empty and fill up her Boon Frog Pod that holds all the toys between baths and she loves when it's time to drain the tub and "get the fish", the Boon Ray drain cover.  We used to have a slow leak and bath time was always cut short, even after replacing our tub with a new drain mechanism a few months ago.  The drain cover has been a life saver in keeping the water in the tub and keeping Ashlynn warm and bubbled up.  Plus, she loves getting to pull him off the drain and then play "Neno" until the water is gone.  Girlfriend, loves her fish. 


And her bunnies.



Does your little one love bath time?  What are your go to tub time toys?



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22 comments:

  1. Ceramic tile would be easy to wipe down without staining, but not sure about natural stone, that'd probably scare me too. Maybe you could just teach her to do the tub surface? A is pretty good with listening to instruction when I give her boundaries, like she'll try but I'll just say no and she'll go back to where she's allowed (like when she tries to color the carpet with crayons instead of her coloring book). I love being able to contain the mess!

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  2. Adorable photos! Do you use a certain type of paint that doesn't stain your walls or fixtures in the bath?

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  3. I use crayola washable finger paints. I've never had an issue with staining, but I also haven't let it sit and dry for an extended period of time. We clean up and wipe down as soon as we are done. I did have some staining on the wash cloth we wiped up with, but it got realllly messy.

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  4. Love her little pony bun she's rocking! So cute!

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  5. We could definitely do that, plus the paint we have is washable so I guess it wouldn't really matter too much if she gets it on there. The grout is the only think I worry about, but it's darker. Lol

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  6. Love this idea! I know my daughter would have a blast doing this and the fact that the whole mess is contained is AWESOME.

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  7. We have the boon frog toy holder too! It's so much fun :) We also have a lot of the same toys! I have never thought to let her paint during the middle of the day in the tub. We have bath crayons and other fun things for during bath time- but I should definitely break out the finger paints in the tub sometime! Such a great idea!

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  8. Aw, that looks like SO much fun! Can't wait until my daughter's old enough to play like this :)

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  9. Thanks Natasha! It's so much fun now that her hair is getting longer and starting to loose the wispy-ness

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  10. I am so excited for bath time activities like this!

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  11. I am so looking forward to this. Ellie is loving her bathtime more and more but since she can't do much more that "eat" the bath toys it goes pretty quick - too since she isn't the best at sitting in the tub. But I guess that is pretty normal for a 9 month old! haha

    Ashlynn has wonderful penmanship and can write her name so well!!

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  12. Such a great idea! Looks like a lot of fun too. I love the idea of containing messes.

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  13. Noah loves bath! My husband gives him one every night. He likes his rubber duckies and boats. He also likes to brush is teeth while in there and peekaboo using the shower curtain. We have those foam letters but so far have been playing with them outside of the bath. The paint looks like so much fun! I'll have to try that. Noah colored on the wall with crayon the other day! Thank goodness for magic eraser, but it scares me what he'd do with paint if not confined to his high chair too!

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  14. I love her pony tail SO much!!!

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  15. Such a great idea! Bella loves playing with "Molly" her bath time doll bccause naturally all of her toys HAVE to be Bubble Guppies lol. Her new thing is to clean her doll and wash her face and hair. That last picture is sooo sweet!!

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  16. My little girl loves bath time too! I actually did a blog post on some of her favorites if you wanted to check it out! PS - Most adorable little pony-tail!! :)


    mydearveronica.blogspot.com

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  17. We have Crayola washable paints in our craft drawer and I am totally doing this next time we're stuck at home with colds, etc.!

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  18. Ha! She's mastered calligraphy too ;)

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  19. we do bath time every night as part of our bedtime routine, and we have to because she is self feeding now so she gets messy! We also wash her hair daily…is that bad?

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  20. Hi V! I don't think it's bad, our routine definitely changed over time, with daily bath during the messy self feeding days around harpers age. We try to push off when we can because the climate here in the winter brings up eczema flairs on her arms, back, and thighs. So I try to avoid drying her skin out more than necessary. Hair washing is two fold. One, the husband does bath routine and he doesn't like doing the hair because she doesn't like getting rinsed (so I come do it so I can keep the water off her face). Two, her hair is getting longer and tangles easily since it's wavy/curly. We use conditioner and I blow dry it after, so I wash less often to keep from getting build up or damaging it since it's still so fine. I don't think their are rules, just want works for you!!

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