All babies are the same – that is, they all sleep, cry, and mess up diapers – but they’re all different, too. Some babies crawl before others. Some babies stand up and walk before babies their age. When it comes to bath time babies can be different, too. Where one loves to lay back and be washed, another cries all the way through it. For babies who are unhappy in the bath, and even for those who love to be bathed, there are some cute tub dolls you can make in minutes. One doll can be held to calm the baby and another can be used to wash. One or two more of the dolls can just be in the tub, hanging out.
Simplistic washcloth dolls are made very quickly and will thrill your baby beyond belief. Young babies as well as parents appreciate a doll you can throw right in the tub and one that doesn’t have stringy, clingy hair when it’s wet. A doll that, when the baby grabs it and slings it all around, won’t be hard and hurt the little one. Let’s make one!
Create an octopus-type doll by taking one washcloth and rolling it into a smooth ball. Lay another washcloth over the ball and wrap it, holding the second cloth just below the ball. Wrap a rubber band around the area to hold it for now. Tie a slender, satin ribbon around the rubber band area, and once again, to form a tight knot. Trim the ribbon ends so that they’re not extremely long then cut the rubber band off of it. Use a permanent marker to draw on a mouth and eyes.
Make a person-type doll by using three wash cloths. Roll one into a ball then cover it with a second washcloth as you did for the octopus. Hold the neck area while you get a third washcloth – preferably one of a different color. Lay this one over the ball so that it covers only half of the ball on top, to make a hooded cape. Gather this washcloth in your hand, too. Wrap all layers with a rubber band then pull the second washcloth down to tighten the face area. Tie on a ribbon and snip off the rubber band. Draw a face on with a permanent marker; you can even draw on bangs, sideburns and whiskers or other characteristics.
Make different dolls by using two or three wash cloths and by using different colors of cloths. Make other tub toys by using a ping-pong ball as the head, and wrapping one washcloth over it. Use different colors of markers on the faces and use various colors of ribbons for tying the wash cloths shut. When you combine color and arrangements you can make many different bathtub toys that your baby will love.
Washcloth Tub Doll