16 month old terrified of the "big boy" bath tub

Jessica - posted on 03/15/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 16 month old really scared of the main, big bath tub. He still takes bathes in the baby bath he's had since he was like 2 months old. We put it in the bottom of the big tub and let the water spill into both of them, but if we try to put him into the big tub by himself he completely freaks out, stands up, and tries to get out of the tub. And suggestions on how to get him used to the tub and the fact that he's lighter in the water and that he'll be okay?

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Laurie - posted on 04/05/2010

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all good ideas...just put a swimsuit on and get in with him. He may like it better then tell him next time it's a bath for just him. worth a try.

Daniela - posted on 03/19/2010

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My daughter had the same problem. I would let her run the water with me, then have her help me put all her bath toys in the tub, then I would put her in. We had 3 nights of crying and screaming, I would dip her in, play with the toys that spouted water amidst the crying, then take her out and dry her. The fourth night she started to smile and play with her toys. Before putting her in the bath, though, I washed her body with a soapy washcloth, so the bath was just for rinsing her off. It takes a while and is not pleasant listening to the screams, but eventually it just becomes routine. They get over it.

Kassie - posted on 03/17/2010

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We had this problem too, I made the mistake of forgetting to put hte water in first and then he was terrified of the running water. But after a few weeks, I let him come over and watch the water being run into the tub, I poured it onto his hands (him standing out of the tub), and I put his water toys in the tub and after a few nights he wanted to go in the tub. He gets in, puts his hands under the running wanter, plays while I wash him, then gives me the "all done" sign when he wants me to pull the plug. Then he watches the water drain out and gives me another "all done" when he wants to get out. So it can be done,just go in steps of what he's comfortable with.

If he likes the baby tub in the tub, just use that for a little while, and gradually put his bath toys outside the baby tub, put more water outside the baby tub, and get in there with him if you want. Best of luck.

Joyce - posted on 03/17/2010

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My suggestion would be to get in the tub with him. Show him your not afraid of it. When he starts to show signs of stress show him how to splash in the water and play with his tub toys. If you are uncomfortable being naked in the tub with a different sex child you could always use a bathing suit or have your significant other get in the tub with him. It worked for a friend of mine.

Joyce - posted on 03/17/2010

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My friend had this same problem with her daughter. I suggested to her that she get in the tub with her. The whole addage "monkey see, monkey do". In your case I would suggest your significant other get in the tub with him. Then you can say, "Daddy has tubbies in the big boy tub". If your concerned about your son seeing you or your husbands private areas you could wear a swimsuit. It worked for my friend.

Jessica - posted on 03/16/2010

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No, I haven't, but that is a really good idea. Thank you a lot! I will try that tomorrow night.

Elise - posted on 03/16/2010

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have u tryed only putting an inch in and seeing how he goes with that or even in an empty bath and just sponging him off until he gets use to it then gradually increasing the water level?

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