Bath or shower?

April - posted on 02/23/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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At what age do you think a child is ready to start showering themselves? How do you trust that they're cleaning themselves well enough?

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Melinda - posted on 12/10/2010

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well my daughter will be 6 on the 18th she has decided on her own that she is a big girl and want to take a bath (no Bubbles) i wash her hair cause she'd rather use the shampoo on her bath toys other than that she does everything on her own i hope that helps a bit

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I started the shower thing by letting my daughter take a "shower/bath." She'd sit in the tub as usual and we'd turn on the shower, put the stopper in, and let the tub fill up. I felt safer knowing she wasn't standing up in a slippery bathtub, poised to fall and hit her head! And she got to experience the shower thing. The practice was good - she learned how to deal with the water raining down on her and keep the soap out of her eyes.

Now at the age of 7 I can let her take care of things on her own. I usually double check to be sure she has washed all the shampoo and conditioner out of her hair. Other than that she does a great job!

Rooja - posted on 12/10/2010

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I prefer shower for my 4 year old... i shampoo her hair and clean her cute little body with soap. Then let her play in the "rain", while i supervise.
ratio of her shower vs bath would be 5:3 i guess

Amanda - posted on 12/09/2010

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My son will be 7 this month, and he can take showers by himself, my fiance has shown him which soap is for what and how to wash everything properly. He prefers baths though. My oldest daughter LOVES to shower, and she's 4, but I don't let her do it alone. I am in there watching her. My 2 youngest prefer baths, but they are only 2, and 3. :) I'd say maybe 6 or 7.

Pebbles - posted on 12/09/2010

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My daughter is 5 and I had her showering since 3/4 not by herself though. Now she showers byherself but I peek in the shower and i time her. Sometimes when i am busy I will have her shower but call me when she is finish putting soap in her hair then i will let her rinse it out then i will have her call me when she is done soaping her body so i can do the clean check. i hope this helps

Crystal - posted on 12/09/2010

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My kids are 3 & 5 and they like taking showers sometimes, but they are no where near ready to bathe themselves. I would be comfortable letting my son bathe alone around the age of 7 or 8. But mostly it depends on the child and how much you show them to wash properly and watch them until they prove to you that they're ready. :)

REBECCA - posted on 12/07/2010

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well gabby is 6 and i still give her a shower!! well at least wash her hair!! and juliana showers herself except washin her hair!! i guess u can say it depends on the child!!

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mine started showering around 4-5. I'm not a fan of baths (sitting in the grime...ick)- but then living in a rural area and seeing the dirt ring on the tub was a big factor.



I still wash their hair and make sure they are cleaning everything. then leave them to play for a bit.



My youngest however started showering at 2 because she had a seizure while having a bath and has been terrified of the bathtub ever since.

Nelly - posted on 12/07/2010

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I only allowed my children to take showers when they turned 13 yrs old. Only on the days that I didn't bathe them, when I bathe them they still take a bath

Amy - posted on 03/11/2009

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My daughter was 4 when she started to take showers, I just make sure she gets her hair washed out good. And that the certian parts got washed and rinsed out. I would get the soap on the rag and the shampoo in her hand then sit on the toilet lid down(lol) then wait till she said ready. I did the double check did you get this did you get that thing then we were down. Its time consuming but after awhile its worth it!  My son started at 4 too but boys are not as much trouble as girls when it comes to that they dont have as much hair.

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I am a mother of 4 and at the age of 5 is when i started supervising them... teach them to do it just like you do to eat, write or anything else. But for girls its making sure they are rinsing the shampoo and conditioner out all the way that takes years. My 12 year old still has trouble with this one. Hope this helps.

Nikki - posted on 03/11/2009

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My Miss 3 1/2 pretty much showers herself, I just rinse her hair for her. My Master nearly 5 isn't showing any interest in it yet. I would suggest staying with them and talking to them while they shower so you know they're cleaning properly.

Dania - posted on 03/11/2009

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My kids are 2, 3, and 5. My 5yr old has been showering by herself for alittle over a year now. She knows how to wash her thick curly hair and rinse it. Daddy is a hairdresser and it was something he insisited on teaching her early. My boys I put them in, give the 3 yr old a wash cloth and he cleans himself and rinses also. Then my little one, THINKS he can do but obviously he's still young.

Kate - posted on 03/11/2009

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My two boys, aged 9 and 5, do their own showers, although I help the 5 year old with his hair. Haven't had to check on the 9 year old for long time, think he would be embarrassed if I tried!!

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Our pediatrician told me to not let our daughter put her bottom int he tub once she had used any soap at all because she was having irritation of her privates from the soap so from the time she was about 3 she has stood up in the bath tub to get soaped up, shampooed and then rinsed off under the shower, she really loved playing in the tub so I always let her sit in the water and play for a few minutes first, then she laid down and got her hair wet before we did the washing part standing up. By about 5 she switched to just taking showers, I checked her hair for about a year or more, but now at eight she does okay most of the time, but I did have to make her get back in and rinse it again a few times before she learned. It's really a kid by kid thing. And especially if they are sitting in the bathtub, I wouldn't worry about whether or not they are cleaning well enough, most kids bath so frequently that it's not a big issue if they miss some spots some times.

Lisa - posted on 03/10/2009

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My children have both been having showers since they could sit up...this is only because when my oldest was very young our wall caved in in the bathroom and we could only afford to replace the shower not the tub....they always shower together cause my oldest at almost 9 is still a little afraid of being alone in there it's kinda weird but I still help them out with their hair and let them wash their bodies themselves with their"special" soap that I get them to make them feel good

Debi - posted on 03/10/2009

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My daughter is 9 and she showers herself...but I always rinse her hair...she just doesn't get the shampoo or conditioner out.  Especially right on top!!  My son is 6 and just asks me to help with his hair, although, since its short, I'm sure he could do it himself, he's just afraid to get water in his eyes!! 

Sally - posted on 03/09/2009

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My daughter is almost 6 and for the past 6 mon has been wanting to take a shower over a bath.  I help with washing her hair and give her the right amount of liquid soap on the scrubby but she does the rest.  Last night was really the first time she finished and dried herself and got dress all by herself.  she will be turning 6 on the 22 of this month.  I guess it show they really do grow up.  Im already starting to miss the little girl she used to be but I'm very proud of the person she is growing up to be.  I guess Im getting a little sentimental she's my oldest. 

Amber - posted on 03/08/2009

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My oldest daughter is five,almost six and has recently decided she'd rather shower than take a bath. She has done really well,only needs a little help rinsing her hair because it is really long. I must confess,though,I do find it much easier to put both girls in the tub together. Gets them both done,plus my almost 2yr old does SO much better when her sister's in there playing with her.

Bernie - posted on 02/25/2009

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M girls were about 5 I just had to double check their hair was rinsed out but that's all. Just explain to them exactly what they have to do and they soon will get the hang of it.

Brooke - posted on 02/24/2009

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My son began taking showers at the age of 3. I know that seems young, but he was very vocal about wanting to take a shower in Daddy and Mommy's shower rather than a bath. At first, we helped him wash his hair and made sure he had adequate soap on his rag to wash with, etc. He is now 4 and is able to do a very good job of washing by himself. We still check on him and make sure he's covering the basis, but he's got it. If they're ready, I say let them do it. Just help them along the way.

Sandra - posted on 02/24/2009

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I let my 5 yr old shower by himself, and he bathes by himself and gets out etc by himself now. 

Alicia - posted on 02/24/2009

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Mine have been doing both since they were about 5 or 6, I would go in w/ silly questions that are easily forgotten every now and again to make sure they got everything such as did you wash your ears, toes, and nose?  Did you wash your hinney (yes I say hinney...they laugh), knees and elbows?  Every now and again I had to help w/ hair because I have girls w/ long hair, which can be difficult.  Other than that they do it all on their own.

Alicia - posted on 02/24/2009

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Mine have been doing both since they were about 5 or 6, I would go in w/ silly questions that are easily forgotten every now and again to make sure they got everything such as did you wash your ears, toes, and nose?  Did you wash your hinney (yes I say hinney...they laugh), knees and elbows?  Every now and again I had to help w/ hair because I have girls w/ long hair, which can be difficult.  Other than that they do it all on their own.

Angie - posted on 02/23/2009

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I put my kids in the shower when they wanted to go. My son was 4ish my daughters love their baths (no bubbles) but on school nights they take showers because of lack of time. They were about 5ish when they switched over.

Kate - posted on 02/23/2009

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My son is 5 and has been taking showers himself for almost a year. I stay close, and check in often but for the most part he's able to do it himself. When he first started I stayed right there and helped him with the shampoo, and coached him through washing himself, so now he knows exactly what to do and he yells at me to get his towel when he's done:))  Good luck!

Amber - posted on 02/23/2009

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Well mine were about 4 almost 5.  I just watched over them a few times to make sure.  My yongest was 4 she would ask me to rinse her hair.  I would not help with the baths just observe and make sure what needed to be done was done.  Now, 10 and 6.  They can take showers or bath, their chosing.  No problems.  I hope that helps

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