Baby hates bath time.

Kylie - posted on 02/25/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hi!



I bathe my baby every other night so his skin doesn't dry out, but I do it as part of a routine. My problem is that he ABSOLUTELY HATES bath time. He will cry from the time I put him in the tub until the time I take him out and put him in clothes again. I make sure the water is at the right temperature.



Do any of you have any suggestions as to what I can do to help my son enjoy bath time? Is this a phase that he'll grow out of at some point? Am I doing something majorly wrong?



Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



Thanks!

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Kylie - posted on 03/01/2009

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Last night, for the first time, he didn't cry when I gave him a bath! It was much easier to talk to him, but it was disconcerting since I was so used to him crying. LOL. I don't know what I did, but I'm going to try and replicate it. I'm thinking he likes the water warmer. We have a heater in the bathroom, so it's warm when he bathes.



He didn't play or anything, though. He just kind of had this look on his face like "Okay, I give up, I have to do this!"



Thank you all for your advice. I definitely will keep it in mind, because I'm not sure if it's a fluke or not, but I'll take what I can get.

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Kylie - posted on 03/07/2009

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I make sure the temperature of the water is warm enough, but not too warm for him. I really think it's because our bathroom is cold. He seems to like warm weather, because he's slept all night two nights in a row, and when he didn't cry last weekend, it was because it was warmer in the bathroom. I've been trying to replicate what I've done, to no avail, though.



 



 

Cassidy - posted on 03/07/2009

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I think it's probably the temperature. But the other question is are you taking him in the tub with you or bathing him in the sink? Cause when I get in the tub, I get in when it's still hot, wait for it to cool off a bit, and then have my husband bring him in to me. Helps if they feel really secured by mom or dad when you're in there with him.

Heather - posted on 03/02/2009

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I have no suggestions, but my baby girl HATES bath time also!  My husband and I bath her together and try to make it as short lived an experience as possible.  I'm hopeful she'll grow out of it someday :o)

Jen - posted on 03/01/2009

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my son also likes the water warmer than the "right temperature" which i wish hadnt taken 2 mos to figure out.... some nights i will bathe with him and i kicked his legs for him - now he enjoys doing that himself especially when he kicks the rubber ducks and they float away.... or sometimes i'll use the baby bathtub in front of a heater as he hates being cold.... :)

Jennifer - posted on 02/26/2009

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My son hated the bath too...but we found out that he liked it really warm!  that the "right" temp was too cold for him...we also tag-team him...one washes while the other uses a plastic cup to keep pouring water over him.  he smiles all during bath time now!

Sezy - posted on 02/26/2009

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My bub hated bath time and from about 5 weeks we started to bath with him and he really loves it. Its great for bonding. We also put bub on belly in bath and he loves that.

Ashley - posted on 02/26/2009

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my son used to hate the bath but i was consistent with it and bathed him every morning and eventually he started loving his bath. i would sing him songs and play with him and just try to connect with him. i also would get in the bath with my son and after a couple times of that is when i really noticed a change.good luck.

Amanda - posted on 02/26/2009

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Hi,



You know the first couple of times my son didnt like it either, I was making the water the right temp...but I found out he liked the water on the warmer side. Even when he baths with us he likes it the temp we do.  Also we put a little baby oil in the water and then we dont need lotion and hes fine.  We bath him everynight.  I also noticed he loves looking in the mirror when we bath him, so I suggest getting a mirror for your baby or some toys maybe.  But we make it fun...we sing bath songs and he laughs and he knows its bath time.



Good luck!



 

Dawn - posted on 02/25/2009

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You can try to put a small hand towel or washcloth over him while you are washing him.  It would help to keep him warm and give him a sense of security.  I know my little man will get scared and cries alot during bath time.  This sometimes works for us, but not always.  Another thing I have tried that worked really well for us that I will get in the bath with him and cuddle him and play with him.  That has helped him to learn to associate bathtime with fun time.

Shannon - posted on 02/25/2009

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I think it depends on the mood of your child at the time. If your child is crabby during the day or at night then do it the opposite time. My little one doesn't care for the bath either but if I do it during the day instead of at night (when she is crabby and tired) then she is less likely to cry. Bath time still relaxes her afterwards even if it is at a crabby time and bath time doesn't go well. Also try using soothing bath soap like lavendar. Hope this helps :)

Crystal - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi,

Maybe you could try giving him a toy rattle or somthing to chew on whilst in the bath to take his mind of things.

Toby will somtimes cry but this is normally because i have made the bath too cold for him LOL

Does he sit or lay down? I now have Toby in the big bath and I fill it up lots so that he can sit and not get cold, this keeps him very amoused :)

Hope some of that helped

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