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Johnson’s Baby products are so important to my family. We starting using them when the kids were born and we continue to use them even today. So I’m quit happy to work with Johnson’s and The Motherhood in support of their new initiative: So Much More. The brand announced on the 5th that they are making an investment in millions of dollars over the next 3 years to advance research on multi-sensorial experiences for baby development. The JOHNSON’S® team has been evaluating the state of scientific knowledge regarding babies and their early learning opportunities and trying to help identify and prioritize some research gaps to understand research areas of uncertainty about babies.
Bath time was always a fun bonding time with my kids. They smiled and giggled and loved splashing in the tub. We had bright colorful toys, no I take that back, we still have bright colorful toys that the kids play with in the tub. I used to read to them and sing to them in the tub, but I didn’t know that I was helping their development. I did it because I loved to see them smile, so I’m happy to find out that I was helping their development.
The Importance of bath time rituals:
They found that though most parents are familiar with basic concepts on how to develop a baby’s cognitive skills, most of us don’t connect that what a child touches, sees and hears during this everyday ritual of bath time is integral to a child’s brain development. When you talk to your child like this during activities, it helps your child to learn words and concepts like sinking and floating.
Bonding with baby during bath time even extends for after the bath time. Your gentle, loving touch during the baby’s bath and cuddle time afterward supports your baby’s healthy happy development. In fact, research shows that your touch promotes healthy social-emotional development and enhances your baby’s motor skills.
Ways to Engage During Bath Time:
When your baby makes sounds and gestures, such as indicating she would like you to read a book, respond with praise and the action she requested.
Play with brightly colored toys
Read and sing to your baby in the tub. I used to always sing “rubber ducky” from Sesame Street and “Row Row Row your boat” in the tub with my kids.
Splash with your baby, show them what water and bubbles can do. We used to cover their heads with bubbles and let them try to get them off.
Want even more tips about making the most of bath time so you can harness the power of it? Johnson’s Baby offers these tips and let’s you know how it helps your baby.