How long does your 3 year old stays in the bath for?

Kelita - posted on 05/11/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )




My daughter stays in the bath till her toes and hands become quail,she just likes to sit in the tub and play with her toys. sometimes i get scared because when i touch her,her body is cold and yet she refuses to come out. if i try taking her out all hell break loose.


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Elfrieda - posted on 05/11/2012




My 2 year old is going through a stage right now where he LOVES "baff"s. He stays in there for up to an hour. Personally, I love it and let him stay in there as long as he wants. I lie on the bed with a book while he plays with his toys in our ensuite bathtub. I go in there every once in a while to put more hot water in.

But the others are right, once you say it's time to get out, you'd better be strict about it or else she'll start trying to control other aspects of your life, too.

Chrystal - posted on 05/11/2012




My kids usually are in for 20 minutes or so but I bet they would stay in a whole lot longer if I let them. I had trouble with my boy not wanting to get out so when the water started to cool I'd let him know the water and toys had to leave in 5 minutes so I was going to pull the plug and pick up the toys then but that he could stay in the tub as long as he wanted. Only took twice for him to realize that sitting in an empty tub wet is very chilly and not much fun so now he gets out when I ask. You could give that a try.

Kaitlin - posted on 05/11/2012




I 100% agree with Johnny (WOAH! ;)) It's like you took the words out of my mouth.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 05/11/2012




the "prune" stage is popular with most little ones, and as long as you keep the water warm, that's not to long.

Why are you allowing her to sit after the water goes cold? Because she throws a fit?

I hate to break it to you, but allowing her to throw fits about getting out of the tub will only turn into more fits as she sees that you are easy to manipulate into doing what she wants.

Set firm limits and boundries now. Don't give in to tantrums, or you'll have a time on your hands.

How LONG isn't necessarily the problem. The problem is that she's using a tantrum to get what she wants.

Johnny - posted on 05/11/2012




Mine seems to feel it is too early if she hasn't turned into a prune. Although I dont' let the water go cold. But when it is time to get out because we have something else to do or it is bedtime, then that's it. She could make a fuss, but it doesn't matter. I give a fair warning, a reminder and then it is over she has to get out. When it is time to get out, I take out the toys to drain and she usually loses interest. She knows that if she is stubborn and doesn't listen there will be consequences that she does not like.

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Sometimes my son will be in for 10 minutes and want out. Most of the time, he's in for about half an hour. We set a timer on the microwave so that he knows when it's time to get out. Maybe try that with your daughter? Let her push the buttons to set the timer. It'll help her learn her numbers and feel involved in the decision making process. We set a timer for lots of things around here and I find that since I started doing that, it helps my son stay on task and he's more willing to do things. We even set a timer after bath time for cleaning up his toys. He'll set the timer for 15 minutes and that's how long he has to pick up and put away all his toys. If he gets it all finished before the timer goes off, he gets 15 minutes on my Kindle as a reward before bed.

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