At what age to kids begin to bathe themselves?

Dari - posted on 09/17/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 4 1/2 and I'm wondering at what age kids begin to bathe themselves, or when/how to encourage the independence.

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Peta - posted on 09/19/2009

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my son is two & 8 months and he's has showers by him self it up to you when they shower byself as only you know your child :)

Jenny - posted on 08/08/2013

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i started teaching my son at two how to wash him self and at 4 he could do it all by him srlf yes i would sit and talk with him or come in and out

Crystal - posted on 08/07/2013

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My oldest son who is 5 randomly came up to me one day and said that he wanted to start taking showers every morning before he went ro summer camp. I would monitor him during the washing process and noticed he did it all very well and now lets just say he also wears deodarant after every shower :)

Dana - posted on 09/20/2009

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With my older two girls... I started letting them have their own wash cloth during bathing time as soon as they showed an interest in it. Then after they got past the sucking on it stage, I added soap so they could bathe theirselves. Then about 4-5 I let them bath themselves but I would go in and before they got out they had to show me how they washed (one more go over) before they got to get out or I would help them with the spots they missed.

Tina - posted on 09/20/2009

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I would say being able to completely bathe themsleves the age would be 7 or 8. that is how old my son was... My daughter could bathe herself but in order to ensure that her hair was washed and rinsed properly I went in and checked her when she was done until she was about 9... but she had hair down to her bottom! My toddler will 'wash' herself in the tub at 2 1/2... but I always rewash her. Every kid is different though... this is what we have done

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Vickie - posted on 04/01/2014

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Very helpful posts and up to now I thought my Son was really behind, but felt better when I saw another Mom post that her child is/was about 8 or 9 and just now learning to bathe. I noticed that my Son would get frustrated with the wash cloth and putting soap on it so I found a washcloth-like mitten and switched him over to a fun kid's liquid bath soap with a pump which made it a bit easier and enjoyable for him. I still adjust the water for him and check him just before getting out to make sure he's learning to wash properly and he's still learning how to dry himself. I'm happy with the progress so far. :)

Samantha - posted on 09/20/2009

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To do it right, I would say five . But a child can start helping around the age of three.

Angela - posted on 09/20/2009

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WHEN EVER THEY ARE READY TOO MY DAUGHTER IS 3 AND SHE IS TRYING ALREADY MAKE IT LIKE A FUN PLAY TIME OR SHOW HER HOW MAKE IT FUN AND IN NO TIME SHE WILL WANNA DO IT ON HER OWN

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I have a 3 year old who refuses to take a bath....it must be a shower and she does it all by herself. Of course, I stay in the bathroom until she is finished, I help with washing her hair but she washes her own body. I also have an 8 year old, who if I dont stand there and moniter her, she wont do anything but stand under the water. So, it guess it varies by age and mental capabilities.

Jennifer - posted on 09/18/2009

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My 5 year old just starting asking to wash herself...which I let her do under my supervision (to make sure she gets everywhere). She seems to do fine with it, I just remind her while she washing to get there and there and there. I would give it a try to see how she does!

Kelly - posted on 09/18/2009

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My daughter is 18 months & very independent. I put soap in her hands & she washes her own arms & tummy & feet & she plays aro und with her hair, but she can't do that very well yet, so I just let her do the parts she can reach & I do the rest of her...she loves it.

Tiffany - posted on 09/17/2009

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I have a son that will be 2 in January. When I put him in the bathtub, I will put soap on his tummy and he washes hisself but I help when i need to. He also tries to wash his hair, I will put the shampoo in his hair and he tries to do it hisself, although I finish it. It just takes time and the child wanting to do it. I have some children thats in the family that usually started to actively washing themselves at 5-6years

Jade - posted on 09/17/2009

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Every child is different, but i think that if you encourage a child as young as possible. my two year old loves her baths and washes her hair and i get her to wash herslef but because she is young i also go over her just to make sure she clean but she does a pretty good job. As she gets older i will gradually let her do it all by herself. But i did start off with her helping me do her hair and she praticially does that part her self now. But just find a way that works for yourself and your children!

Lindsay - posted on 09/17/2009

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My kids are 3 and 4 1/2 and I give them a soapy washcloth and they wash their face, underarms, belly, privates, legs, and feet and I do the hair still. I'm not ready to fully let them take it over but I do encourage them cleaning themselves. I'm about to start letting my 4 yr old wash her own hair to see how she does. I'd let them do it with supervision for awhile just to make sure they are cleaning properly on their own!

Dcen - posted on 09/17/2009

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You can start teaching them from 2-3 yrs old but depending on the child anywhere between 5 and 6 yrs old is when they can do it on their own..keep in mind you will still need to supervise for safety reasons.

Darby - posted on 09/17/2009

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My 3 year old has learned to wash himself. I agree with Monica that each child is different. We have encouraged his growth and independance from 6 month on. I also have a 1.5 year old that I tend to baby a little more. Hopefully I won't hold him back since I want them very independant on not living with mommy at 30 years old, if you catch my meaning.

Monica - posted on 09/17/2009

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My daughter is 2 and a half months, so i put her in the shower with me, let her play with the soap making like she is washing her parts, and i put shampoo on her head and she makes like she is washing her head, but at last minute of the shower when i finished with myself, i rinse her of the shampoo one more time and clean her parts on more time and done, so she is doing it cause she see me how i do it. That's it.
Also have in mind each kid is different so some will take long time, some others not much, and they will be able to bath themselves without help I think around they are 6 years old.

Claudia - posted on 09/17/2009

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My son just turned 4 and I think I'm gonna start teaching him, my nephews were both bathing themselves pretty good around 5-6yrs old.

Christi - posted on 09/17/2009

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I began teaching my son when he turned 3, that was just in june but he does a pretty good job now when he wants too, but I still have to help him!

Jade - posted on 09/17/2009

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I pour a little baby soap in my two year olds hands and she washes her own tummy and arms while i do her hair and back and stuff she cant reach. I guess it all just depends on when they are capable of learning how to do it when you show them

Erin - posted on 09/17/2009

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My daughter is still to young (21 months) but I clearly remember being 5 (on or just after my b-day) when I insisted on bathing myself from then on.

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