Bath time fears

Annette - posted on 10/19/2008 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My 18 month old has suddenly become very frightened of the Bath - when we say it's bath time he runs to the bath and even looks excitedly into the tub but as soon as we try lifting him in he scrambles to get out again. We've tried new toys and blowing the bubble suds everywhere and trying to make it fun but he's only relaxed if he's out of the water. Any tips?????

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Noel - posted on 10/25/2008

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Have you tried only putting in like an inch of water. Both my children went through a fear of the tub around that age and just putting in a small amount of water seemed to work for them.

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This happened with DD3. I ended up just taking her into the shower with me until DD4 was born. Then she was fine. She takes showers/baths without a problem now. She doesn't like our tub much still for baths, it's got high sides, but she sees the baby in there and then doesn't seem to mind.

Kerry - posted on 10/24/2008

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Its also possible the 'echo' in the bathroom is scary. The water 'burns'. that sounds strange but my daughter would only stand in a bath i thought was tepid. it took a looong time and an old auntie of mine to point out red marks on her legs at water level, i was actually making it too hot for her. I let her decide the temperature of the water i was putting in there, and added extra rugs to cut down the noise echo. It was a very quick recovery from there, till she decided she was big enough to use the shower!

Sarah - posted on 10/23/2008

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He he, I remember this! My youngest daughter went through this at around the same time, you have just bought back a memory for me! She was the same, all excited etc, then spent the whole time standing in the bath not wanting to sit down crying her heart out pulling at my body so she could scramble out, how bizarre. However it was very short lived, we went through the same rigmarol every evening then one evening was absolutely fine and has been since. I wondered if she didn't like the warm water around her 'private delicate bits' who knows, anyway ok now.

Annette - posted on 10/20/2008

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Thanks for that - I'm going to give that one a go - if I can keep him sitting still that is - giggle. I'll let you know if it works. Thanks again.

Christina - posted on 10/20/2008

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what about one of those little tubs to go into the big tub? what about letting him play in there with clothes on (you watching and no water of coarse:) ??? what about a new towel, like with cars or something on it?

Cinnamon - posted on 10/20/2008

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All three of my kids have gone through this. It's a phase so that is good news, but still you have a toddler who needs a bath!! The sink idea is a good one. Also try a small inflatable baby tub in the bigger tub. We also had to climb in ourselves to reasure that all was good and mommy was having fun. Good luck!!

Roseley - posted on 10/20/2008

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My DD went through this at about the same age. Have you tried getting in with him? This helped us heaps. She just needed to regain her confidence in the water. We have also been to swimming lessons. she loves the water now.

Michelle - posted on 10/19/2008

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I had the same problem with my 16 month old, I found letting him throw him bath toys in the tub helped and the first couple of times he would just stand in the tub and now will sit and play. It did take about a month

Johnna - posted on 10/19/2008

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I let my little boy set in the tub while its filling up. Sometimes when he is afraid one of us will put on swim suit and set in the tub with him. he then has someone to play with and someone to be there with him to help him to feel more secure.

Sarah - posted on 10/19/2008

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My son went through that stage...used to make an arch over the tub and scream his head off...turns out that there was a little speck of dirt that was in the tub that scared him. I always have to have the bath rinsed really good now...He is 3.5 now and over it!

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That happened with my son. I had to start taking baths with him until he got used to the water again. I think it was around 18 months, too. That might help. It shouldn't last for long, though.

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That happened with my son. I had literally take a bath with him until he got used to bath time again. It was hard. Maybe that will help!

Winnie - posted on 10/19/2008

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maybe the bathtub seems too scary and large for him. Have you tried just filling up your sink in the kitchen and just letting him sit with you standing there, so he can get used to the idea. Maybe at first it was exciting, but it must have turned to overwhelming for him.

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