Daughter won't stay sitting in bathtub

Megan - posted on 06/09/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 20 months old, and i can't get her to stay sitting in the bath tub! She always is trying to stand up. Any idea's to keep her sitting during bath time!

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Lisa - posted on 06/12/2010

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Hey Megan, does your daughter LIKE the bath? Mine loves it but when she stands up and won't sit down I take her out of it (even covered in suds!). I'll rinse her off and tell her that she's out because she wouldn't sit down after being warned. Once she realises you're serious about this she should start to sit when asked. Mind you, my girl still stands often but will sit when I ask her to now.

Saying all that, I kind of agree about the slip mat that Jeneva and Mylene mentioned. I hadn't even thought of it! Seems obvious when it's been pointed out. Think I'll try it myself now.

Hope you sort something out!
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Lavita - posted on 07/04/2010

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I let my little one stand on the rubber non slip mat and she is just fine.They are'nt going to sit for ever so may as well get used to them standing up.

Kylie - posted on 06/21/2010

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we shower together.. but for those time when we bath, or go in the clam shell pool, i use lots of bubbles (try their no more tear shampoo) and toys like tea set cups, saucers, and also putting surf shoes (those rubber soled things that go in the sand easy) jorja stayed in the pool once her feet had sandals on... also a non slip mat or towel, some face washers... to sit on/play with!!

Tina - posted on 06/21/2010

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My daughter has showered with me or her two older sisters (4 & 5) since she learned how to stand, so it not a big issues at our house. But a bathmat is a very good for safety in either case. Good luck!

Krystal - posted on 06/20/2010

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Toys and bubbles work well with getting them to sit, but I don't see the issue with her standing as long as you have a mat in the tub. My son likes to play peekaboo with the shower doors. Just enjoy bath time and let her play and have fun.

Krystal - posted on 06/19/2010

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Our son is 20 months old and mostly stands while we bath him. It started with a badly scraped knee and the water made it hurt more. Now he's all healed and will sit down but only when we are more than 2/3 through the bath time.



We do have and use a bath mat every time he takes a bath. Really does help him not slip. Plus my husband and I are both present for bathtime right now so one can clean him up while the other can catch him if he slips.

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I say no big deal as long as she doesn't slip. Most of the time I put my 20 month old in the shower with me to save time. She can stand and enjoy's playing in the shower too.

Katie - posted on 06/18/2010

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I just let my daughter stand. I'm always there playing with her and watching her, so I don't see how it's a real safety issue... and there were too many battles to fight when she started doing it, I figured one less might help save my sanity.

Tessa - posted on 06/17/2010

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I use a non slip mat all the time because she slipped back and bumped her head once before. But if she stands up I tell her that all the big girls sit down when they are in the bath (Its the truth!) and she sits down, if she doesnt I tell her she needs to sit down. If she doesnt I sit her down. If she gets upset/stands up again I give her to the count of three or she gets taken out of the bath and goes to bed. NORMALLY she sits down when I tell her thats what grown-up girls do. ^_^

Alison - posted on 06/17/2010

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I have used a bath chair that suctions to the bottom of the tub for both of my kids. I have never had a problem with them standing because of this. They can't really get in and out without help from an adult, so it would stop the standing problem immediately.

Amy - posted on 06/17/2010

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Mine stands up too but only because she starts freaking out at the end of her bath when we've washed her hair and we use the shower head to rinse her off...not sure what to do, how else can you rinse her hair, if I use a cup with fresh water, she splashes her dirty bath water into it and its not clear or bubble free! Good luck!

Maryann - posted on 06/17/2010

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My daughter went through a phase of standing up in her bath and wanting to get out too. We had to get her new bath toys to keep her entertained so she'll be happy to stay seated in her tub.

Debra - posted on 06/16/2010

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My son is doing the same thing. However, what seems to work for me is an empty baby wash bottle. I showed him how it makes bubbles when you hold it in the water. He is fascinated not only with the bubbles but the whole concept of filling the bottle up and pouring it out.

Zoe - posted on 06/16/2010

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My daughter is 20 months and she hasnt sat in the bath since she was 14 months old, she loves having a shower.

MaLinda - posted on 06/16/2010

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My daughter usually sits in the tub, but one day she decided to stand up and in a split second slipped and hit her chin. She had a cut but was okay. I am grateful nothing worse happened. So I would get a non slip mat and also be firm. If she even tries to start to stand tell her no and to sit down if she does not listen take her out of the tub and tell her why. Safety is always number one and learning to sit in the tub is important.

Stephanie - posted on 06/16/2010

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I think the best thing to do is to buy one of those floor mats that are slip resistant because kids love to explore and try to do things on their own.

Joanne - posted on 06/16/2010

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My daughter is 21 months old and has just been through that she always loved the bath then went through a stage of that where she wouldn't sit down in the bath and screamed and wanted to get out now she is back to sitting down and loving her baths again i just went with it and washed her standing and didn't push things and she sat down again in her own time which took at least a month.

Sara - posted on 06/15/2010

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I do the same as Lisa, but I have 3 kids in the bath and it can be hard to stick to it (I have a 3-year-old and twins that take a bath together). I have a a bath mat, but my main reason to keep them sitting is to keep them from grabbing the bottles of shampo and body wash that they can reach when they stand. My daughter dumped an entire bottle of her shampo in the bath once, and has been wanting to try again ever since. (= I just have to make sure my husband is around for bath time so if more than one kid needs to be pulled out, we don't just have a mass slip 'n' slide on our bathroom floor.

I tried being in the tub with them for the first time tonight. Wasn't sure we'd all fit, but we did OK. It was easier to keep them sitting when they were taking turns getting washed in my lap.

Amanda - posted on 06/14/2010

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Buy a sprayer attachment and start giving her a shower insted, my son loves taking a bath and pretends to swim in the water, i wash him first pretty quickly and then put in his bath toys and just let him play and swing and slash. But when I dont have time for a long bath we do a shower its quick and easy and uses far less water because you dont have to fill the tub at all!
also at this age setting some saftey rules is also a good Idea for every activity you do she's NOT to young to understand!

Kassie - posted on 06/13/2010

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From the beginning when he started standing up in the tub, I would tell my son firmly to "Sit down." He does. He still stands up, but he will sit back down as well. Sometimes he does this for awhile, but eventually he is sitting down for me to get him clean. We use the same strategy to get him to sit down in his chair in the family room. I would definitely get the nonslip mat while you're working this out, as well as a protector for the faucet (they have rubber ones as well as blowup ones), in case slipping happens. He also has toys in the tub, which I let him put in the tub, so he's excited to get in and sit down and play with them. I take them out while the water is draining, THEN I let him stand up in the tub wrap him in a towel and lift him out. So he knows there is an acceptable time to stand up in the tub, but only when Mommy says it's OK. Hope you're making progress here!

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I say a non slip mat will help with safety but of course you want her to sit. I agree with the mom that takes her baby out when she stands up. Its something we might try. my Eleanor is starting to stand but she loves the bath so if I took her out she would learn its time to sit. Of course always stay right next to the tub at this age. it only takes a moment for an accident. we had a little slip the other day with me standing right there and ended up with a big knot on her head. I would play games to try to keep the baby sitting. Also something that works with ours is when she stands up we use the removeable showerhead to finish rinsing her and she does NOT like showers so she usually sits back down. I think it is just a phase that they go through. Good luck.

Amie - posted on 06/13/2010

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give her something to do in the bath. i blow bubbles for my son and if he doesnt sit down - i stop blowing. Also give her something to do in the bath. I found that if i sing songs and splash around with my arms in the water i was closer to her level. She will grow out of it but i believe its important to teach children about water safety in the bath. Standing up and climbing out isnt exceptable in my house - reason being - my sister has a lovely long scar on her forehead from when she slipped in the bath and hit her head on the tap. she was two at the time.

Byra - posted on 06/12/2010

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Not slip mat is the way to go! It is natural for them to want to stand and play and as long as they are supervised it should be ok. If it really just doesn't sit well with you then I kind of like the idea Lisa just said about taking her out every time she stands. She will learn soon enough. I let me kids stand and everyone I know does as well so I think it is pretty common for kids this age.

Melissa - posted on 06/12/2010

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Our 20 month old has been standing in the bathtub for months, and I just wash him standing up and pour water over him with a cup. We have a non-slip bathmat of course and he has a ball walking around the bathtub and playing.

Kat - posted on 06/12/2010

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My daughter has been standing in the bath for months & months. She just won't sit. Drives me nuts, but what do you do. I'd like her now to sit more as it is coming into winter & is really cold. It's much warmer IN the bath than standing in it playing all wet......... I guess once she learns to play a fun game that requires sitting she'll want to sit. My daughter also LOVES the shower. She stands with her head against her arm on the wall & lets the water run down her back, like she's treating muscle ache or something. Such a grown up thing to do lol......

Jessica - posted on 06/11/2010

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well my boy is 20 months aswell and i dont have that problem, because when he does stand i ask him if he wants to go swimming and then he lies down and starts kicking so mayb if u make bath time like a swimming lesson ur child might stay in the water. also another trick is showing them how to blow bubbles in the water. just a few things i do with my boy so hopefully they are helpful for u aswell

Sarah - posted on 06/10/2010

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Sorry, I can't help much because my 20 month old boy is doing the same thing! He used to LOVE bathtime, but now he just stands up the whole time and wants to get out! I hope it passes!

Emma - posted on 06/10/2010

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my daughter has just started standing in the bath too, so we make a game of it. Everytime she stands up we splash her so she bumps back down to splash us - we all get a bath!
She'll sit down when she wants too and as long as she's clean and safe, does it matter?

Jeneva - posted on 06/09/2010

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I may be in the minority here but I don't see a problem with this. You can get the bath mats to help with the slippery bottom but I just don't think this is something you can stop. She wants to play and explore and as scary as it can be, we as moms can't protect them from everything like we want to.

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