Dolls and baby dolls are great for kids. They can help with developing nurturing behavior as well as practical life and hygiene skills. Olive has a few dolls but she didn't have any that were fully water safe. I found this soft plastic baby at Kmart for $10. It isn't the cutest one I saw, but it was definitely the best deal, and it does the job. I pulled out Olive's old baby blow-up tub, grabbed a washcloth, water cup, and a little bottle of "soap" (it was really a small lotion bottle that she couldn't open). I wanted to do this with real water and soap, but it was just too cold on this day. I plan on taking the activity outside on a warmer day, using real soap and water.
I didn't really tell her what to do. I showed her the things I had brought out and then just let her go. She started by washing the baby's head.
Apparently, it was easier if she got in the tub, too. When she got in, I had this moment of, "Woah, my little girl is huge!". I remember when she was small enough to lie down in there. Time sure does fly fast, it's crazy....
Wrapping the baby up and "drying" it off. She kept saying, "Toesy, toesy" which is how she says 'cozy'.
After she washed her baby, she went around the room and gathered other stuff animals and dolls to wash. This was about a week ago and I've kept the duck bath out for her to use. From time to time, she'll get it and give something in the room a good "wash" and then go back to whatever else she was doing. I can't wait until we have a warm day so we can do this outside with real water!