Last updated on February 11th, 2024 at 07:48 pm
I’ve never been a huge fan of bath time, but I’m warming up to it!
In Casa de Palmer, when dinner’s done you have a choice—you either wash the dishes or give the baby a bath. Perhaps in search of what alone time I can find, I often choose dishes, unwinding after the work day and all its stressed.
But that’s stupid—I’m making the wrong choice every time, and deep inside, I know it.
Our little guy will only stay that way for so long. He’s rapidly growing—I blinked and he was suddenly tall enough to peer over the kitchen table and see what we’re eating, or strong enough to open and close his toy chest on his own. The days I could sit in the nursery and just nestle him in my arms are long gone, and while I still dedicate much of my time being with him, I already see him as more of a boy than a baby, making his personality and opinions resoundingly clear in our lives, even though he doesn’t yet have the words for all he’s experiencing.
So yes—I’d be a fool not to spend as much time with him as possible while he’ll still let me… but for reasons you might not even expect. Did you know that splashing helps teach babies cause and effect, or that they can develop hand-eye coordination from playing with bubbles? As part of their So Much More campaign, Johnson’s helped show that my selfish desire to avoid bath time was doing my bond with my son more harm than help, and it was time to take a look at myself and my actions if I’m serious about investing in my family’s future!
But much like flight attendants tell you to take care of yourself in case of emergency so you’re able to care for your child, it’s far more difficult to care for your child properly if you’re run down and exhausted!
Good habits aren’t formed overnight—it’ll take several more trips to the tub before it’s part of my regular routine, but building the lifelong bond I want with my son won’t come from shirking my duties!
There’s much I’ve yet to learn, but I take these baby steps—pardon the pun—with the hope for the kind of relationship with my son that took me far too long to establish with my Dad.
Remember—life is full of little things we can do to make a change; let’s not undersell the impacts our actions have on the ones we love most!
Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post with a Baby Bath Time Bundle of my own, but I really do need to give my son more baths. What if he wakes up one day years from now resenting me because I didn’t spend enough time bonding?!
Good luck to all who enter!