About a month ago, we started incorporating a new step into Ethan’s nightly warm bath routine. I would first shampoo his hair and wash his face with a special baby shower gel. This involves gentle massaging of the scalp, face and neck area (much like what is being done during a facial).
Our boy is really wriggly during his baths, but amazingly enough, this hair and face washing step calms him down. He would just lie back and totally RELAX while I work my magic on him. Pete has to occasionally remind him not to fall asleep, because the way he closes his eyes feels like he would soon be in dreamland.
I don’t know what the reason is – maybe it is the essential oils in the shower gel which possesses calming effects. Or most likely it is just Mommy’s gentle loving touch 🙂