Krista - posted on 09/03/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )
I could probably post this on WTCOM or elsewhere, but you ladies are sensible and I trust your advice.
I have a one-year old boy who has just learned how to walk, and he's absurdly proud of himself. He wants to walk all the time, which is totally understandable, and I love seeing him staggering around the living room, waving his arms around like he's leading a tiny, drunken parade of one.
But then bath time arrives, and that's when the problems start. He wants to stand in the tub. BOY, does he want to stand in the tub.
We have a mat down, but it doesn't cover the entire bottom of the tub, and I know it's safer when he sits. Trying to get him to sit, though, just turns into a battle. He stands up, I say, "Sit on your bum" and plunk him down. Repeat this, oh, about 40 times until he's crying and pissed off, and I'm sweaty, frustrated, and reminding myself over and over, "IdonotspankIdonotspankIdonotspank..."
Is this a battle worth fighting? Should I just buy a couple more tub mats and some grippy decals and let him stand? (I'd be holding on to him, of course.) Or should I keep trying to make him sit down?