How do you feel about your little one taking showers with you?

Jenny - posted on 12/09/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Hi ladies i have a question how do you feel about having your baby boy or girl taking a shower with you? My son will be 15 months on the 23rd and he does not like taking baths.. he freaks out! i even bought his own little duck tub. So i decided to make it easier on me ill let him shower with me.. do any of you do that with your little ones? and what do you think?

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Tiffany - posted on 12/10/2010

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My daughter loves to shower with me. She will rest her head on my shoulder and sometimes fall asleep under the warm water. If she takes a bath she loves to play. Showers are a good way to have some mommy and baby quiet time.
Maybe try putting him in an empty tub with his clothes in and letting him get used to just the tub for a while. Then try a little bit of water at a time. Or maybe plug up the shower one day and sit him on the floor so that he can kinda take a bath, but not know it. Good luck!

Marsha - posted on 12/22/2010

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i'm a mom of 3, and all my girls bathed with me in some fashion. When you're in a time crunch and both you you need to be clean, you do what you gotta do. The tiny babies are very slippery however so keep that in mind. In the end it's all about your comfort level.

Danielle - posted on 12/21/2010

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I take my daughter into the shower with me, we both sit on the floor and play with toys (I dont think I will ever shower standing up again, its just so relaxing to sit and have the water flow over me). Infact she hates baths and only wants to be in the shower. I think its a great bonding time.

If you're feeling weird about it, my sister-in-law showered with her son (he was terrified of baths) until he was 3. Thats when he slapped her breast and started yelling "BOOBY BOOBY." She figured the time for mommy modesty had come, and she helped him work out showering on his own.

Claire - posted on 12/18/2010

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My daughter slid in the bath a while back and has been scared if the bath ever since. She is getting better with the bath now however, she showers with me all the time. She just plays on the floor happily. She loves the shower!

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Jessi - posted on 01/04/2011

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I did that with my first in the beginning until she got used to taking baths. I didn't need to do it with my second (sept.) baby.

Whatever will get them clean, works! At this point they don't really notice breasts or body parts like that. If that's what you mean. I've found about age 4-5 they start noticing that stuff. You'll know when they start noticing that.

Noreen - posted on 01/03/2011

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Abby showers with me every day but only gets shampooed and body wash every-other day (eczema). I showered with my older boys until they where 3-4yrs old. I don't see a problem with it at all.

Jennifer - posted on 01/03/2011

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My daughter cant take baths, because she is prone to UTIs so she showers with me. I dont see a problem with it. She loves to blow raspberries on my shoulder, or suck the water off my arm. Its a great bonding time for us.

Anne-Marie - posted on 12/27/2010

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Haven't even thought about what age it may be considered to be inappropriate for children to shower with their parents but at 15 months can't see that there is any problems.

However in relation to your little ones dislike of baths would suggest getting him to have bath with another few littlies if possible and see how that goes. This has just happened in the last few weeks - friend of mine has a 18 month old who for several months hated baths. Screamed when he was put in and refused to sit down in the water. They tried putting him in the bath with and without water no difference! Then we (we have 15 month old) and another friend with 3 year old were over and the three kids had bath together. He wasn't happy and stood whole time but saw other time lying down in water and being happy sitting and playing in water and two days later .................... he now screams when he is taken out of his bath!

Might have happened anyway but think bathing with other littlies might do the trick. Kinda of like how kids eat when they see other kids eating?

Hope this helps!

Tranda - posted on 12/23/2010

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I still have do it... I read that it is a good bonding time to bath with your baby! I tried to talk my husband into it, but he keeps wierd hours:-( My son loves to take baths, but also likes to take showers with me, it's sometimes is just a time issue!

Jasmyn - posted on 12/22/2010

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My son loves showering with me. It's a blast watching him have so much fun. I say enjoy these special moments - I see nothing wrong with it.

Emma - posted on 12/18/2010

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My daughter has been having showers with my hub since she was about 5 weeks. We bath twice a week but most often it is with her dad. If he is not home from work I usually put her in the shower and stand outside and wash her. Sadly she prefers showers with her dad as I am all business and he is all about having fun. It has been a wonderful bonding experience for them both. He said it was his opportunity to have the closeness that I had with breastfeeding. Megan hasn't developed that curiosity for anatomy yet. I am very open about her being comfortable with her own skin like me but my hubby is incredibly shy and self conscious.

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I don't do it, but at this age, do whatever works! It's innocent. I'd be concerned after 2, but now he won't remember anything.

Megan - posted on 12/14/2010

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My daughter Charlea showers with me all of the time!! She also showers with her dad. I think at this age it is very appropriate. I guess it's whatever you are comfortable with.

Kelly - posted on 12/14/2010

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I would personally be scared because my best friend's daughter slid in the shower and broke her collarbone. If you put a non-slip mat down and take precautions, I say go ahead. I wouldn't do it personally though.

Anna - posted on 12/11/2010

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my daughter never liked the baby bath and we dont have a big bath in out apartment, so she has been showering with me for a long time now. bath time just got so tiring! and neither of us were happy. after washing her she plays with her bath toys that are in a big bowl in the shower. she used to be a bit scared of the water, but now gets so absorbed in playing she hardly notices. untill now she is more interested in her own body than mine, so i havnt had to deal with that yet. i think there is nothing wrong with showering together. as long as you feel comfortable. good luck with getting him into the bath though :)

Fiona - posted on 12/10/2010

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My children have both showered with me and my husband. I have 2 little girls, one is 4 and my other is 15months. I see no problem with either of them showering with me or my hubby although my 4 year is now old enough to get clean by herself. The action is to get clean and for no other reason. We are not being inappropriate but we do not feel that our bodies or our children's bodies are to be ashamed of. My hubby will walk to the bathroom in the morning in boxers etc.
My girls tend to change for swimming with my hubby as I have a bad back and struggle with the bending and will also shower with him when we go camping. He is stronger and it makes more sense, although now my 4 year old is older she does tend to go with me as I don't have to hold her. We also have no problem with our children walking into the bathroom whilst we are in the shower to use the toilet etc.

Bridget - posted on 12/10/2010

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My daughter used to love baths, until we were on vacation and in a rush and we let her take a shower with me. Now it is a nightmare. We are working with her to get her to take a bath, but she loves showers, so she takes showers with me a few times a week. I dont see anything wrong with it. My daughter is definitely interested in body parts and I just tell her what they are called and then get her interested in something else.

Meghan - posted on 12/10/2010

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J is 26 months and being a single mom sometimes the only time to shower is with him. He is starting to get curious but at this age (and your son's age) I think it is totally innocent. I think it is ok at this age but I would suggest working on getting him comfortable with bathing on his own. Obviously he will get there on his own one day, but you don't want it to get to the point that you ARE uncomfortable with it and he still needs you there.

Brooke - posted on 12/09/2010

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My daughter loves the water, baths, showers, pools it doesnt matter to her..She loves having showers with me, she normally plays with toys on the floor the water doesnt faze her, I dont see a problem with your little one being in the shower with you, He probably feels more comfortable knowing you are there with him. Whatever works I say =)

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