I've been trying different things with him in the bath, and have found a three things that seemed to have turned bathtime into a pleasant experience rather than a dreaded time of day.
The first thing is the time of day we give him a bath. Osian is a generally a happy chappy during the day, but can be quite grumpy in the evenings, so I have decided that bathtime is in the morning, when we have way more time, and a happy baby. I know a lot of people include bathtime in their bedtime routine, but it doesn't make sense to us to do this, it just gets him all worked up rather than calm ready for bed.
I have also started sitting him up in the bath, which seems to have made a huge difference. One day I just decided to put Osian in slowly, starting with just his feet then waiting a little bit then putting his legs in, and found he was quite happy just sitting in the water. So ever since I have held him sitting up, it can be a bit awkward for me as I have terrible knees at the moment so think I'll need to buy something to help me support him.
Toys have been a big help too, now that Osian plays with toys a bit, I gave him plastic keys for him to hold on to and for him to chew if he decides to shove it in his mouth, like he does most things. I had bought him a duck for Christmas with wind up legs which makes the duck swim along, so I decided to start using it and Osian quite liked watching the duck swim along.
I am so happy that Osian finally seems to like the bath. 'Touch wood' I'm not jinxing myself writing this. I've been hoping for ages that Osian will have fun in the bath. I didn't want it to be a struggle everyday to get him washed and I hated hearing him scream. This also means we can try taking him swimming this weekend, which is something I have been looking forward to for ages! I hope he likes it and that we can start going regularly, I will probably post about how it goes.
All snug after a happy bath!
Please wish us luck that swimming goes okay and that bath time continues like this!