There are few things that are so relaxing as baby bath time. Watching them stare in amazement at the water and the bubbles is super special. Most of us associate bath time with a means of cleanliness, but it is actually so much more. Believe it or not, baby bath time is one of your little human’s most important activities that set the stage for good overall development later on in life. Don’t believe us? Here’s why it’s true:
Why baby bath time is important
Because babies need attention
Bath time is a special time you have with your baby, and it’s uninterrupted one-on-one time. You get to hold your baby the entire time and get to spend some bonding time with them. Studies have shown that bath time is one of the best times for cognitive development for your baby and can help stimulate and expand their brains and social interaction skills.
And they need touch too
The importance of touch with babies can never be stressed enough. When you’re giving your baby a bath, you’re also attentively holding and touching them. Babies that are touched enough are 50% more likely to have eye contact and three times more likely to have positive interactions with others. Touch is a baby’s first language, why is why it’s super important for babies to learn the basics of communication.
Babies build fond memories from the smell of bath time
We build memories and associate those memories to certain fragrances. And babies to exactly the same thing. Babies learn to associate the smell of bath products with precious time spent with mom or dad.
Water stimulates your baby’s senses
When babies take a bath, they get to see and experience how things float, sink and splash. All of their senses are stimulated. They feel the warmth of the water and the wetness on their bodies. They can hear to water splashing, and they taste and smell the water.
It can help set the stage for a peaceful night’s sleep
If baby bath time if part of his or her bedtime routine, it can really help set the stage for a peaceful bedtime routine. Add some soft lighting to the mix after the bath, and you’ve got the perfect relaxed vibe that can help your baby unwind from the day and get them ready for bed.