I've heard that some toddlers don't like baths because they are afraid of being sucked down the drain or they are afraid of having their hair washed. If you think this could be the case at your house you could try getting your toddler out before draining the water. To make washing hair easier, try using a shower visor or goggles when washing your toddler's hair. Another thing that might work is using a detachable shower head if you have one or a damp cloth instead of running water. One mom I know solved her bath time troubles by allowing her toddler to take showers. Another thing to consider. Since our daughter was little, she has taken showers with us once in while and I think that has gotten her used to getting some water splashed in her face which may have helped.
We also have some fun bath toys that entertain our little girl. She likes her sponge letters and numbers, bath books, bubbles, rubber bath toys, and cups she can fill with water and dump out. The other day at the grocery store I saw tub markers which could be fun since many toddlers love to draw. They also had bath fizz that changed the water color (you could probably even use a drop of food coloring?). I've also seen washcloth puppets, bath mirrors, wind up bath toys, and boats.
Another concern with bathing a little one is keeping bath time safe. Some moms I know use rubber bath mats and/or have a cushioned spout to protect their kids from hitting their head. I've also heard it is important to teach your toddler not to stand in the tub. For some this is definitely easier said than done. For us, when our daughter stands up it usually means she is ready to get out of the tub. If not, we just redirect her to a toy and tell her she needs to sit down. My nephew loves to stand in the tub and my SIL is fine with it as long as she is right there to watch him.
What do you do to help make bath time fun and safe?
Does your toddler like to stand in the tub? What do you do about it?
How do you make washing your child's hair successful or do they not seem to mind it?
How often do you bathe your children?
What types of bath products do you use? What kinds of soap, shampoo, toys, etc?