Hope - posted on 10/30/2011 ( 37 moms have responded )
I'm a single, stay at home mom and have very little (actually no) alone time for myself.. (My son still to this day sleeps less than six hours a night and it is non consecutive.)
The only time I ever get a chance to get a shower is when I put his toys in the back of the tub and he plays while I get cleaned up for the day. This has worked decently for us so far but now he is almost 17 months, and has a baby sister on the way in less than two months. He has been starting to point out different body parts, but I'm not sure if this is just because he is noticing they are there or if he notices they are different from his.
So, basically, I am wondering if your son showered with you-at what age did he stop and start showering on his own, and what did you do to occupy him so you could shower? Any advice would be much appreciated =)
Thank you all for your suggestions. =) I really wish I did have someone to watch him for even 15 minutes so I could shower, but his dad is out of the picture. And I have tried the pack-n-play, but since 10 months he has been able to climb out of the pack-n-play and his crib so I have gotten rid of them for safety reasons.
As far as putting him in the bath room with toys.. I have tried that route too. Hopefully as he gets older he will sit still and play with them. Just right now he LOVES water more than anything. Even if he hears water running in the kitchen he runs into the room and pushes a chair over so he can touch it. In the bath room if I don't put him in the shower with me he climbs in clothes, toys, and all. Lol.
I think another suggestion I saw a few times that I have tried is TV. Even through the day I have tried to turn the TV on to get a couple chores done without him being attached to my hip and he gets bored after the first ten minutes, and finds something to climb on or get into for attention =/
One suggestion I think I am going to try is nap time. I know he hasn't take naps since about 4 months old, but a nurse recently told me that adding one 90 minute nap some where in the middle of his day can help him sleep better at night. I think I'm going to give it a try, and if I can get him down then I will shower alone then... But until then he will probably just continue to shower with me =)