While at my baby shower for Greyson, guests were asked to give me one piece of advice. I, of course got the normal “Sleep now…. because you’ll never sleep again.” “Sleep when the baby sleeps”, “Don’t forget about your husband once the baby arrives…” and so on and so on. However, one piece of advice that stood out and has stuck with me came from my grandmother. She told me that when all else fails, give them a bubble bath! Meaning, when you are too tired to play another round of matchbox smashing, or he is grumpy, sensitive, and overall difficult… and they have been fed, napped and are still unhappy – Put them in a bubble bath! Let me tell ya, she was right! There is nothing like a bubble bath to lift a child’s mood!
This past week has tested my patience, and Greyson’s imagination like never before. The weather here in Western New York has been as low as -35, and has high as 6 degrees! We are now going on week THREE of these freezing temperatures! It is way too cold to go outside for anything more than running to a car, and even then the car wont start half the time. But, to put the cherry on top of my frozen ice cream cake, Greyson came down with croup last Monday. He was diagnosed after Scott took him to the ER at 5 in the morning, with labored breathing. So, even if we could get the car started, we could not actually go anywhere!
We started running out of activities, and even Greyson was saying he did not want to play another game of sequence of go-fish. So I took my grandmothers advice and got the bath running. I decided to make it more fun then the normal bubble bath. To do this I put in extra bubbles, and in less than 5 minutes I had whipped up some homemade bath paint!
It was SO easy to make (Literally less than 5 minutes), and Greyson played in the bathtub for over an hour! I actually, had to freshen up the water – since it was starting to get chilly.
Homemade Bath Paint:
- Grab a cupcake pan
- Fill each circle with shaving cream
- Put a few drops of food coloring on top of the shaving cream mounds
- Mix the shaving cream and food coloring together (I used the back of paintbrushes)
- Let them have fun in the tub! Greyson actually used paintbrushes to paint the tub, and bubbles.
*The food coloring did not stain my tub at all. Though, I made sure to clean the bathtub as soon as he was done. I am not sure if it would stain if you left it sitting on the tub /tile /walls.
This was such a life saver last week!
Please tell me, what is the best advice you have ever received when it comes to parenting??