No matter where you live, you know it’s winter when you reach the season of perpetual runny noses. Preschool is a petri dish. My three year old, Blake is always patient zero- the epicenter of all things germy. Therefore, winter is the season of surprise sick days at home with mom. But there is something about using a bath as a temporary fix to make everything a little bit better.
Maybe it’s the sound of the tub filling, the sight of bubbles and the anticipation of toys saved exclusively for bath time? Perhaps it’s the effect of rare one-on-one time together in close proximity with no distractions?
Whatever it is, bath time has been the happiest hour in our home lately. Blake and I have spent a few of his recent sick days living it up in the bath. It’s one of the oldest rituals of parenting. And while there are cool new bath toys out there, most of bath time has stayed the same.
In fact, I got a major dose of nostalgia by bringing a trusted brand from my childhood into Blake’s. Do you remember Ivory? The pure white bar so many of us grew up with is still a favorite today in several forms.
There’s the Ivory Original 3-bar most of us remember and there’s my new favorite, Ivory Free & Gentle Bodywash with Pear & Sandalwood. It contains the #1 Dermatologist recommended moisturizing ingredient, is gentle on sensitive skin, free of dyes and parabens and lathers perfectly with a loofah. Also, the Ivory Original Body Wash offers a new, gentle formula and is free of dyes and heavy perfumes.
Blake LOVES the pump dispenser because he can push it down himself and have a larger role in his own self-care at bath time. These days, he is finding his independence and wanting to add new things to his routine that he can do himself. Putting on shoes unassisted, choosing his clothes, and even feeding our dog, Charger, are all newly acquired skills.
I find myself in this place of celebrating his steps toward independence but also feeling a bit of sadness knowing that he is the last baby. For now, I’m going to soak in the moments. The snuggly, booger filled sick days. The hours of bath time. The innocence of the little squeal of joy when he hears the tub filling.
And quite possibly the best part of all, the post bath cuddles and stories. Is there anything better than a slightly damp, clean, sweet smelling child filling your arms? I think not.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ivory. The opinions and text are all mine.