Step #1: I line the rubber ducky collection up on a small ledge that's at baby level. There are six ducks and a small green frog. I hope that they will provide a distraction in the event of a meltdown.
Step #2: I get in the big tub and sit down next to the baby tub. I place Sadie in the baby tub.
Step #3: Sadie gives me a look that says that she KNOWS that something is different and that she's not altogether sure that she likes it.
Step #4: Sadie's lip starts to quiver. I recognize the pre-meltdown expression. If she starts to actually cry it's all over. There's no coming back from a meltdown once she decides that she DOESN'T WANT TO BE IN THE BATH!!!
Step #5: I start to sing The Rubber Ducky Song in my most cheerful voice. I plaster the happiest expression on the planet across my face. If she thinks I look worried (about the upcoming meltdown) it's all over.
Step #6: She starts to smile. Thirty-four seconds later however, she remembers that she doesn't like this bathtub, that it's not at all the same as her other bathtub and that she's terrified.
Step #7: I remove the squirming baby from the bath before she starts to scream.
At least it's a step in the right direction!