Bath time has always been one of my kids’ favorite activities. I know that is not the case for all children, but it is for mine. They would stay in the tub for hours if I let them keep adding more hot water. This was great when I only had one, and then two children. But now I have 4. Four baths can add up to a lot of time and water if I let them bathe their way all the time.
I do see playing in the water as a great time of educational exploration for my kids and so I do allow them freedom to play this way sometimes. However, I have discovered a great alternative to getting them clean, that fortunately they still enjoy. I call it a pitcher shower. Quite simply, I fill a pitcher and pour only what is needed to get the child’s hair and body wet. Then I wash her hair, while she washes her body. Then the pitcher is used to rinse the hair and body. Bath done. 5 minutes or less.
I started doing this at first just to save time. But then I realized how much water it saved. I use less than 1/2 a gallon for each child. Compare that with how many gallons it takes to fill the tub each time. Even if you only put a couple of inches of water in the tub, the savings is still noticeable on your bill.