Wednesday, July 27, 2011

* Baby Doll Washing Station

Here's an oldie but goodie from the archives (May 2010)
that I'm re-sharing today for Week 5 of the Smart Summer challenge:
Water Fun Week.
And yes... we fully intend to do some baby doll washing this week!

But I think I'll set her up in the water table on our deck this time. 
If you have little boys, they like washing babies too!

You could also wash: 
Storm Troopers, 

Here's the post....
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,
 unloaded groceries, 
(and worked on my neurotic packing for our vacation next week)

Equipped with a terry cloth apron
and two trays she was entertained for a solid 45 minutes!

The first tray had:
  •  a wash cloth
  • Child-sized pitcher of warm water
  • Soap
  • Mild Baby Shampoo bottle
  • Dry Hand Towel
Second tray held her doll baby bathtub
(NOTE: 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!

Happy Water Play!

This post is part of the Smart Summer Challenge.
Check out our other hostesses, 
Candace over at Naturally Educational
and Amy at

Visit our blogs throughout the week for lots of fun ideas
to explore Water Fun Week with your own kids. 
Please come back and join us on Friday, July 29th
for our weekly Smart Summer Linky party,
share YOUR own Smart Summer Challenge ideas and posts
with other parents and teachers.
You'll be entered for a chance to win a Fun Prize Pack from Guidecraft!

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