My kids love having Nana take over, even if it means that Mom and Dad are going out. My parents came over to babysit earlier this month so that Dan and I could celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary. As we said goodbye to our kids, they barely stopped playing with their grandparents long enough to say goodbye, and they flat out refused to give hugs and kisses. They were simply having too much fun.
After a fun day of cleaning (I have no idea how my mother manages to be so efficient at cleaning my house in such a short time, other than she somehow convinced my kids to help her) and playing and eating ice cream cones, Mom asked the boys if they wanted a bath.
Of course, as with everything that Nana suggests, they were gung-ho.
“Can it be a colour bath?” asked Cameron, referring to the tablets of colour that we usually add to the bath water.
“Sure!” replied Nana.
“Can we have a colour BUBBLE BATH?” pushed Cameron.
“Of course!” said Nana.
“But…” added Cameron in a concerned voice. “How will we get clean?”
(This is the point where I have to explain myself due to the strange ideas my kids have in their heads).
My kids ask me for bubble baths constantly, especially after the Kandoo products came to our house and we tried the bubble bath for the first time. As the big, mean Mommy that I am, I often replied with a “No” explaining how incredibly hard it is to rinse the soap out of their hair when the bath is full of bubbles. Apparently they took that to mean they wouldn’t get clean in a bubble bath.
Upon explaining this to my Mother, she schooled me on proper Nana-led bath procedures, which includes rinsing them with fresh water from the tap. “And how does Gavin react to that?” I asked. “Well, he did scream for a few minutes” replied Mom, as if this was only a minor inconvenience.
I’m not an awesome grandmother yet so I’m not at the stage where I make life more difficult for myself on purpose. Still, there is a magic to bubble baths, one I remember fondly from my own childhood. (And, I think if I remember correctly, I definitely got more bubble baths while at my own Nana’s house). So every once in a while, when I’m feeling particularly nice (and their hair can probably go without being washed), I let the kids play in sudsy, bubbly bathwater.
I insist on only using hypoallergenic products on my kids, especially when those products are going to be interacting with their skin. My kids have broken out in hives more often than I can figure out the reason why, so I am always playing it safe with products. In fact, most “additives” that I have added to baths in the past are soothing in nature to heal dry and reactive skin. But I feel totally at ease using Kandoo Bubble Bath which is not only hypoallergenic, it is specially formulated for kids with sensitive skin. The bubble bath does not contain sulfates, parabens, phthalates or other harsh chemicals but instead it contains natural shea butter and coca butter to prevent dry skin.
Needless to say, the kids are huge fans of bubble baths, and I think I managed to convince them that even Mommy can get them clean with a bath full of suds.
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