Dianne - posted on 01/24/2012 ( 13 moms have responded )
My daughter Laura is 13 months old and she has always hated taking baths. At first I thought it was just because the sound of running water scared her (and it did) so I make sure to fill the bath to the appropriate level and then shut it off before setting her in it. But even so, she still screams and tries to scramble out of the tub. She knows full well how to sit up like any 13-month-old would, but when I set her down in the water, she bends forward at the waist until she's practically parallel to the water....in fact, during her last bath she did this and actually got a bit of water up her nose, poor baby. Background info: Firstly, Laura is very small for her age and exhibited a couple preemie characteristics at birth; although she hasn't shown herself to be behind in any of her milestones....not sure that would have anything to do with hating bath time, lol, but thought I'd mention it. Secondly, she has eczema and has since she was three months old; she has multiple food allergies (which we try hard to avoid) and a cat allergy (we have no cats but know people who do) that contribute to this, and also, since it's winter right now, the eczema tends to be a little worse. (We slather her every day with Cetaphil moisturizer and we treat her "bad" spots with a Rx steroid cream when needed.) Anyway I don't know if her itchy skin has something to do with hating the bath? I don't put anything in the bath--no soap, no bubble bath, nothing....and I test the temp with the inside of my wrist to make sure it's nice and warm but not hot. It's just about impossible to bathe her because she's constantly trying to get out and just screaming and flopping around because she hates it so much. And she REALLY screams when I get her head wet!! I guess the only thing I haven't tried yet is interesting her in a bath toy; I don't know if that would help or not; I could try it. Any other suggestions??