A shower routine for kids can help them become more independent in their hygiene.

A Step-by-Step Shower Routine for Kids

Once children reach a certain age, they might want to transition from baths to showering by themselves. This change could also come out of necessity — if they are going away for summer camps, for instance, you won’t be there to help them bathe. As parents, we are big fans of routines (even when our kids aren’t). Here is a shower routine for kids that will make their switch as easy as possible.

6 Steps to a Shower Routine for Kids

Teach Your Child How to Use the Water Knobs

While the handles may seem intuitive to you, your children might not be familiar with how to switch between cold and hot water. It’s important to complete this step before your child takes their first independent shower since they will have an unpleasant experience (or even hurt themselves) if the water is too hot or too cold.

For the first few showers they take, you might need to adjust the water temperature for them until they get used to using the knobs.

Assist Them During Their First Few Showers

In addition to adjusting the water for them, you might need to assist your child in taking a shower, depending on how young they are. You should go through all the steps with them, including the following steps:

  • How to use the shower curtain to protect the bathroom floor from water
  • How to wash their bodies properly
  • How much shampoo and soap to use to get clean without being wasteful
  • How to rinse their eyes if they accidentally get soap in them
  • How to dry themselves off properly

Again, some of these steps may seem quite intuitive to you, but they might not be for your child if they have never taken a shower before.

Teach Them Eco-Friendly Habits

Teaching your child to take shorter showers can help your household to be more environmentally conscious, but using less water also saves you money on utilities. When it comes to water temperature, instruct them to use warm (instead of hot) water, which is also better for their hair and skin. As another example, you can teach them how to turn off the water while they are washing their hair.

Don’t Leave Sharp Objects (Like Razors) in the Shower

Sharp objects like razors or trimmers can nick your child if they play with them or accidentally drop them. In general, try to avoid leaving your shampoo and soap products during your child’s shower time since they can accidentally empty the products out or use them up.

Remain Nearby

Try to stay within a close distance of the bathroom so you can hear your child if they need any assistance. Of course, you don’t need to stay in the bathroom itself as you can give them the privacy they need.

Leave Clean Bath Mats and Towels for Them

Leave a bath mat on the floor outside of the shower to keep them from slipping before drying off. Consider using a slip-resistant bath mat in the shower if you feel they might lose their footing while bathing. Fresh, clean towels are also important for them to have access to.

Trust your judgment when deciding when to let your children bathe independently — your child may be ready at a younger age, depending on their experiences and ability level. If they’ve taken showers after their swimming lessons, for example, they may be ready to transition.