Philip’s first words were Mama and Papa. And Philip’s first phrase was “Thank you.” (Of course it sounded more like “Ankoo.”) When he said this, he was still so small and so I was surprised. He actually repeated the words after me as I was towel drying him fresh from bath. I usually say thank you when he obeys me, when he helps me by not giving me a hard time and staying still while dressing him up after ligo.
After that moment, many others followed. Philip actually learns many things during bath time! He learned “hot” and “cold” as we play with the temperature of the water. He also knows how to step “inside” the shower, and also “outside.” Additionally he knows how to step “onto the mat” so he does not slip on the wet floors.
As I wash parts of his body I would also repeat their labels, “Give me your HANDS, Philip,” or “Close your EYES,” or “Hold on to the wall and I will soap your FEET.”
Aside from instructions, it was during bath time when I first noticed him using his imagination. He was making the bottles talk to one another and also fight with one another, haha. Sometimes, he would even make them stand one on top of the other, subjecting them into some kind of balancing act!
Speaking of balancing, his recent discovery is that he can balance on one leg by resting his foot from the other leg somewhere between the standing leg’s ankle and calf. (Kinda like a tree pose in yoga.) I don’t have any idea on how and when and where from and why he knows this, but he does and it is pretty amazing to watch him discover so much more even in one simple bath time!
Because of this observation and Johnson and Johnson’s campaign to inform all moms na “Hindi basta ligo and ligo,” and that bath times can be so much more, I’ve tried to list down a few things which I think will help to make our children get the most of a simple ligo!
1. Seize the moment!
Babies, especially approaching toddler stage onwards, love being in the water! (Lalo na dito sa Pilipinas! Also, see my photo below!) Such fun environment makes them so open to learning so take advantage and teach them new things while they are in that state. Repeat labels, teach them new words, ask them questions even if they can’t answer yet, let them talk back, let them sing!
2. Make it fun when it’s not!
And if in case it isn’t as fun as all other days then make it so! Sing, dance, stomp your feet, play with the water, with its temperature and make it a game for him to feel and touch!
3. Don’t forget BATH TALK ALL THROUGHOUT.
From start all the way to when you are drying and dressing and applying moisturizer on baby, talk, talk, talk. Sometimes what I do is that I pray for my baby out loud. This way my thoughts are focused on him and I can easily transmit my deep care and love for him that way.
I just wanna encourage moms of younger babies that since Philip was an infant I would consistently talk to him even when he couldn’t talk back. And true enough, Philip has a large vocabulary today! At 20 months old he knows words like sorry, alright, seat, books, read, try, funny, guitar, star, heart, lying down, and even knows the difference between this, there and that!
4. Above all, don’t forget LOVE.
Ang haplos ng pagmamahal ay iba talaga. When moisturizing baby after bath, think of how much you love him and immediately your caresses will translate the energy of love. <3 Everything we do, big and small, is largely affected by what we truly feel so go ahread and muster all the love that you can and you’ll see na hindi lang talaga basta-basta ang ginagawa nation when done with great love!
Again, hindi lang basta ligo ang ligo, Mommies! Make the most out of this time. Before they hit the stage when they would do everything to skip baths! (Welcome adolescence na yun hahaha!)
Have a great day!