At what age do kids start to shower on their own?

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My son is now 7 years old. He now prefers only showers over a bath. He's very comfortable with me washing his hair and body and then allowing him to stand under the shower to rinse. When is the time you started transitioning your kids to wash themself? Did you just hand the job over to them? Or did you allow them to wash and then you went and made sure soap made it to all the right spots? Thanks for your help!

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Anonymous - posted on 08/06/2014

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I'm 16 and my father still runs my own bath. Fairly rediculous, in my personal opinion, but due to personal childhood events I find it difficult to confront or contradict him. For this reason I have no idea how to start a shower on my own.

Rachel - posted on 11/18/2011

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Started mine at five, I control the water then leave him alone. He prefers the privacy recently.

Teresa - posted on 11/18/2011

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MIne's 7 and he showers by himslef. he washes his body and hair by himself. At first I would ask if he washed a certain spot and now he's good to go. the way i figure as long a she shampooes, there's water and bubbles everywhere so he has to get clean regardless.

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Thanks for all the comments! I am trying to introduce his washing himself now. I guess what I failed to mention is that my son has mild cerebral palsy. The CP makes it difficult to use his left arm/hand, so it's not as easy for him as it would for others. But we are working on it! Thanks so much for all the replies!

Joanna - posted on 11/13/2011

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My son was almost 3 when he started washing himself. I bought him this little brush thing to help him scrub his hair, and some tear free shampoo that could also be used as body wash and these gloves with characters on them ( wash cloths) so he could wash his own body. He also had a bathrobe and bath slippers, made him feel grown up

Lori - posted on 11/06/2011

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My 8 year old started washing himself at age 4 or 5, then doing his own hair at age 7. So now he pretty much takes a bath independently on his own, which is nice. He still prefers a bath instead of a shower. But either way he gets clean, so fine with me! God Bless!

LeAnn - posted on 11/01/2011

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my daughter just turned 7 in Oct. we started with her in the shower when she was just past 6yrs old. I stood there and supervised her washing hair/body and such for about 4-6 months helping when she needed it doing less and less each time. she now does everything completely by herself no help what so ever but I am always within earshot in case she needs me, and depending on what time she gets her shower I will help her dry herself off afterwards to make sure all parts are dry

Zee - posted on 11/01/2011

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I let my children wash themselves. I wash their hair to make sure they get all the soap out and don't use the whole bottle on their heads, if you know what I mean. Other than that, I think they are more than capable to wash themselves with soap. You just need to take the time to show him what to do and let him go to it. I'm pretty laid back and other than dirty fingernails, my kids never smell. :)

SiewYean - posted on 11/01/2011

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I just let him shower himself when he was about 5 years old. However, I found out later that he did not use any soap. So, I got to go through the showering procedure with him.

Jodi - posted on 10/31/2011

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My kids have washed themselves since they were about 4 or so. I've always provided a loofah and liquid soap so that it makes it easier, and they do a good job. I do still wash my 6 year old's hair, because she has long hair and struggles to do it herself. But she is getting better at it.

Patti - posted on 10/31/2011

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My daughter was 5 when she was showering by herself. She would get herself all wet then I would do the soap and then she scrubs her hair. I would let her know where she still needed to pull the hair up to get in the soap or where she missed scrubbing or where she still had soap left when rinsing off. Then after she rinsed that out we would soap up her wash cloth and she washed herself. She would sit and get her legs, ankles, feet, arm and all the rest of her body parts and then rinse off! They can do it and they like the feeling of being a big person in the shower!

Vikki - posted on 10/31/2011

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From 6 years on wards was about when my daughter started to do 100% on her own.

Jennifer - posted on 10/30/2011

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My daughter was 5 when she started washing herself and i would just sit in the bathroom and talk with her while she did it to make sure she did a good enough job.

she's 6 1/2 now and shower and bathes completely on her own.

Patricia - posted on 10/30/2011

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My son started to shower himself at 6, and my daughter too. I help my daughter with rinsing her long hair, though. I started with letting them to do all the work while I stay in the bathroon and guide them to make sure they get clean everywhere. One thing I did for transitioning was let them take a bath first, at the end they soap and scrub everywhere, then I come to rinse and shampoo their hair clean.

Michelle - posted on 10/29/2011

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My son started to shower on his on at age 7 we bought him tear free shampoo and a decent body wash and he has been doing it on his own ever since, My 2 year old loves to shower we gave her her own body wash and she is even better than my son at getting clean I still wash her hair because she is too little to make sure she gets all the soap out.

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My 3.5 year old washes himself most of the time. I will sometimes do his hair for him and occasionally wash his body to make sure it's keeping clean. I'd say (other than hair) that he does 80% of it on his own... at least. I start letting them wash themselves around 18 months or so (did similar w/ his sisters who are almost 10 now... haven't helped them at all... except the occasional extra hair rinse since 6ish... or less).



I'm still WITH him, but he does all the 'work'.

Michelle - posted on 10/29/2011

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I think it depend on the child, my 7.5 just started this summer and her brother who is 4.5 had to follow. They needed help at first with washing up but now they both do it all all there own.

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