Five Products to Make Bath Time Kid-Friendly

My fourteen-month old daughter loves her bath time, always has. It has been interesting to watch her bath experience evolve as she went from passive recipient to active participant, moving from sink to plastic tub and finally graduating to the big tub. But now that she is all about standing, rolling, splashing and just hanging out and looking around, my wife and I decided we needed to make a few changes. Here are five things we did to keep the tub area safe, organized and enjoyable for all.

• Rubber Mat: Nothing fancy, just a suction cup mat that helps the little one keep her feet and gives her a bit of padding if she doesn't.

• Spout Cover: Two sessions of me leaning over and holding my hand over the spout that my daughter's head seemed to be drawn to like a magnet were enough to convince me that these are not just gimmicky extras. (Ours is the Moby)

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• Hanging Shower Caddy: This is something I should have done years ago. Not only does this large shelving unit keep all of the shampoos and soaps out of the reach of little hands, it also makes cleaning the uncluttered edges of the tub a lot easier.

• Bath Toy Organizer: This neoprene and mesh bag that attaches to the shower wall keeps baby toys centrally located in one place and out from under foot when not being used. (Ours is the Tubby)

• Fun Shower Curtain: Our new shower curtain features bright woodland creatures in a forest setting. Not only does it bring a bit of whimsy into a pretty standard space but it serves as a convenient distraction when someone doesn't want their hair to be dried.

(Images: Richard Popovic)