How I Nurture My Child in Every Way At Bath Time

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To nurture is to “care for and encourage the growth or development of.” One of our sacred responsibilities as moms is to nurture our children in every possible way , and I think that, though we are not great at recognizing it just yet, every mom does her personal best to care for and encourage her child’s growth and development.

Baby Dove bath time baby wash

There is only one right to be a mom and that is your way. I am convinced that that which we call mistakes and those regrets we won’t forgive ourselves for are just as valuable as those things you are secretly proud of.

Baby Dove mom bath time

Now that I am mothering a toddler after raising teenagers, I see that most of what we beat ourselves up as moms comes from comparison and competition, not really from a place of fact or truth. It’s easy to mom-judge and say “if that were my child, here’s what I’d do,” but maybe there’s a reason that’s not her child in the first place, huh? These topics make my Latina mom sass come out and play!

Every child is so different that sometimes it’s mind-blowing to even try to understand it. And then they change so much over the years. Elisha and Elyssa couldn’t be more opposite from each other, and though sometimes I think with Eliana I’m raising Elisha again, Eliana proves over and over that she’s come in her own flavor.

Baby Dove toddler skin care

Giving Elisha a bath was like going to war and I have some scars to prove it. Eliana, however, loves bath time. Most toddlers are done after 10 to 15 minutes, but Eliana doesn’t agree to come out until she’s “wrinkly.” She loves the undivided attention and even when I’m tempted to rush through it, she reminds me to relax and enjoy the moment.

Eliana is my most demanding child and that’s not exclusive to bath time. The water cannot be “too cold” or “too warm” – it must be “just right!” You’d think by know I’d have it down, but nope!, not even once!

But thanks to Baby Dove, bath time doesn’t have to be a daunting journey and doesn’t feel like a chore.  Baby Dove hydrates her skin and has essential nutrients to nurture her precious body.

Eliana loves “washing herself” and I let her because she is learning to practice self-care and appreciation for her body parts.

Baby Dove lotion night time massage

Eliana’s main love language is Physical Touch, so she loves when I lather, dry, and massage her body with the Baby Dove wash and lotion. I’ve learned to give in to her pleas to let her massage me back and I’ve discovered just how and nurturing she is, as well. She loves to be like mom so much that she’ll tell you she loves tweeting, helping me write blog posts, cooking, and cleaning. It’s so sweet (until we get into it because I explain to her that she needs to turn 15 to wear makeup), and she even says all the time she wants to be “a responsible mom” like me – and she knows what it means.

Baby Dove bonding with dad

And though she is not a tub-resistant toddler, she won’t play with toys and she wants my undivided attention! Our bath time routines includes many giggles, made-up songs, silly dances, pretend games, learning math and Spanish, playing with Baby Dove bubbles, and positive affirmations.

Splashing is also a main activity during bath time. I used to worry so much about cleaning up and getting things wet, but now I just prepare for it and let it go. I don’t know if it’s because I think Eliana could very well be last child that I don’t rush or sweat the small stuff that much anymore, or maybe because I’ve forsaken perfection and being a slave of organization and pre-set schedules.

Baby Dove bath time fun

Eliana’s bath time has become a fun and relaxing time for both of us, so different from the stressful nightmare it used to be back in the day. And whether your toddler loves or dreads bath time, I recommend you run the water and set everything up for her bath with the door closed because they will scream because they are too anxious or too excited!

Elisha and Elyssa have become fond of helping with Eliana’s bathtime, while dad helps out with Baby Dove lotion time. He loves massages, too, so they are a match made in Heaven. I was a single mom since Elisha and Elyssa were 1 and 2 years old, so it’s really sweet to see the bond between Eliana and her dad and to see how much he loves playing with her and being a part of her nurturing routine. Baby Dove lotion leaves her skin so soft and the smell is amazing!

Baby Dove - baby daddy time

Your toddler may love floating toys like rubber duckies, washcloth puppets, or tub decals, maybe you’re a tech mom who lets him watch videos on a tablet, or maybe you’re all about the let’s-use-whatever-we-grab mom and your bathtub is filled with measuring cups and containers of all sizes, what matters how you nurture your child, washing her with Baby Dove from the top down, teaching her how to care for herself, teaching her to love her body, and using only products that will be as gentle on her as you are.

I believe that only you can nurture your child in every way. You are your child’s mother on purpose and I can dare say that your strengths greatly outweigh whatever shortcomings you feel like a failure for. No mother is perfect (and no mother should want to be) and there are no supermoms. As you follow your intuition and equip yourself for the journey, you’ll understand that your way is the only right way to be a mom, at bath time, and all times.

Baby Dove nurturing child skin

I’ve shared time and time again how I use Dove products for myself, and I love them, and now I’m so excited that my little can have her own!

How do you nurture your child in every way? Share your way in the comments below!

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27 thoughts on “How I Nurture My Child in Every Way At Bath Time

  1. I truly love Dove and my 35 year old won’t admit it, however, since the doctor said he must use Dove for his dry skin issues he has came to appreciate Dove too. I’m so glad they came out with baby Dove my only question is why now? It was not easy using Dove bar soap on my little ones.

  2. My kids love bathtime. We’ll have to try Dove the next time we need soap. Its good that she’s enjoying it now. Sometimes the right calming routine can make it less stressful

  3. Dove is such a go-to brand, I love to see they have bought out a range for little ones, it would definitely be what I reach for if mine were small again.

  4. My son is getting into the washing himself stage too. I think it’s important to teach them young how to care for themselves. I am also someone who stresses over thing maybe a bit much. I’ve been trying to relax and tell myself to just let it be. Messes will happen. Kids will be loud. I should prepare for it, not dread it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Dove is a great reliable and dependable brand. I am just now seeing this Baby Dove product. I applaud Dove for including kids and I’m sure this is a great soup!

  6. This was such a sweet post to read, it’s clear that bath time is a special time to connect within your family. I wasn’t aware Dove came our with a baby version, I have been using Dove for years and will definitely check it out to use with my almost 2 year old.

  7. Your daughter is such a cutie! I am glad you use Dove Baby to care for her skin. That is the brand I get for my children. Even if they are no longer babies, I love how It keeps their skin nice, smooth and clean!

  8. It’s so great that you use Dove for your baby! I use Dove cream on my skin to help with my eczema and it works wonders! So glad your family has found a great product, too. 🙂

  9. This is very sweet and loving! It really shows through how much you love your child. Also –– Dove is such a wonderful product. x

  10. I remember my kid being a “just right” advocate as well during his bath time. Oh, and I also remember having Dove close to me. Never fails!

  11. Oh, your baby is so cute and adorable. I recognized that product I have used a lot of Dove products and strongly recommend it of course! It’s so sweet to see your daugther and your hubby playing around there’s so much love. It’s so lovely Dovey!

  12. Baths were always so much fun as a kid! I used to love to play and play in there. Dove makes amazing products. When I was a kid, I was allergic to most of the baby washes available, I bet dove would have been great.

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