Please don't judge me for buying a
plastic baby doll at Walmart today...
I had a good reason.
I've been wanting to set up a baby doll-washing station
for my youngest daughter "C"
She is three years old and in that
mirroring mommy/mommy's little helper phase.
All of our other baby dolls have squishy cloth bodies
and I didn't think they would take to the bath very well.
We've given our babies "pretend baths" with air for years in this little tub
but the secret to real fun (I learned today)
is to use REAL water and REAL soap/shampoo!
I set up her baby washing station in the kitchen
so I could keep tabs on her while I fixed lunch,
(and worked on my neurotic packing for our vacation next week)
Equipped with a terry cloth apron
(I'll post about it tomorrow!)
and two trays she was entertained for a solid 45 minutes!
The first tray had:
a wash cloth
Child-sized pitcher of warm water
Mild Baby Shampoo bottle
Dry Hand Towel
Second tray held her doll baby bathtub
(you could also use a dishpan/plastic shoebox/or salad bowl)
and her plastic doll
I used trays to keep most of the water on the table
and off the floor...
but I let her play with water in the kitchen
in hopes that some of the soapy water
WILL SPILL on our filthy kitchen floor
and help clean off a layer.
I added some water
to an empty baby shampoo bottle
and it created just the right amount of suds
and was easier for "C" to pour.
"C" had a great time
lathering and rinsing her baby.
Scrubbing her arm pits,
feet, and tushy.
Also, shampooing her hair
and putting in her "contacts" (like daddy)
She named her doll "Lilly Rose"
Lilly Rose was a very well behaved baby
and did not complain
when her bath water got cold
or when she got soap in her eyes.
She did however pee in the doll crib --
I may need to drill a few small holes in her
to facilitate drainage!
We're planning on another bath for Lilly Rose
after "C"s nap today.
P.S. Don't fret my bloggy friends,
I have several fun new blog posts written and ready to launch
in my queue while I'm on vacation so it will be like I never left.
Just think of all of the fun new ideas I'm going to share when I get home!