Thursday, May 13, 2010

Preschool At Home: Washing Baby Dolls

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 homemade 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, a child-sized pitcher of warm water
Soap, Mild Baby Shampoo bottle, and a 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. 

Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea

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