How to make bathtime more enjoyable

TJ - posted on 01/07/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 4 month old absolutely despises his baths. We started from the beginning where my husband would undress him while Igot the water ready. But as soon as he touches the water he starts screaming. We've even tried putting another face cloth over his belly but he still screams, will he ever get over this?

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Noreen - posted on 01/10/2010

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Ugh! Sounds JUST like how Noah used to be! Well the good news is that it will pass!! I promise you!! Noah would scream bloody murder at every bath time until he was almost 1. It didn't matter what the bath water temp was, it was the same with each bath. Some things that did help a little was filling the tub up and having the shower run while I sat in there with him nursing him. Having a heated warm towel fresh out of the dryer along with his pjs ready for him when he got out. And sitting his lotion bottle in warm-hot water so it would warm up so he got warm lotion on his body. Those things helped some. I hope you figure it out soon.

TJ - posted on 01/10/2010

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Thank you for the suggestions, I am going to try hoping in the tub with him, because he just gets soo mad it's impossible to calm him down until he is dressed again. My husband thinks it is odd to be in the tub with him, and thinks he will eventually get over whatever it is he dislikes about the bath. Hopefully this will give him some good bath experiences and he will learn to like water. I will let you know how it goes for me.

Jodie - posted on 01/10/2010

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my daughter HATES being in the bath alone so every time we bathe her my partner or i go in with her and to be honest she prefurs it with him have u tryed that? I also noticed that when we got water in her eyes once my partner paniked cos she cryed n pulled her out fast since then she crys when water goes near her eyes to be pulled out so we leave her in even if she screams and she soon calms down and even if she doesnt we just get the bath over with and cuddle her in her towell and she soon starts smilling x

Sarah - posted on 01/08/2010

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Brayden turned four months yesterday on the 7th and he has started to love his baths now. When I first put him in, I encourage him to kick and splash as I have a rug and towel under the tub to catch the water. I helped him early on to do this by moving his legs and arms so he splashed, and laughed as I did it. I also say each body part in a fun voice when I scrub him up so we're not in complete silence or saying the same things over again. The first 6-8 weeks he had a shocked look on his face every time I put him in the tub, as if he didn't have a clue as to why I would do that to him. I also just got a bigger tub instead of the newborn one I borrowed from my sister, and he has enough space, is in a more comfortable position and not sliding everywhere, and it also has a temp gauge so you know if the water's too cold as well as hot. First time I used it, I discovered the water I had been using was slightly cool and he loved the water even more at the right temp.

Sarah - posted on 01/07/2010

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we tried everything too! then i hopped in with him and he loves to kick and splash now!!! its great. sorry to brag, it just recently happened! lol. he just turned 4 months on the 4th. we cuddle till he is comfy, then he lays on my legs and kicks away!

Petrina - posted on 01/07/2010

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Bella-rose is 14 weeks old and absolutely hated the bath rite up until a week ago. We found out early on she loves her reflection and we have a huge mirror behind the sink so i just bath her in there. While I'm bathing her she's to entertained watching herself she doesn't put up any fuss at all. It might work for you. Good luck :)

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