At what age can a child start taking their own shower?

Martha - posted on 08/02/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I have a 5 yr old daughter and she's very smart, when should she be taking her own shower/bath?

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Rachael - posted on 08/05/2010

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I would start the shower for her so you know the temperature is not too hot, and then let her go to it. make sure she can reach every thing, and you may want to make sure you have a slip proof mat in the shower. Stay close in case she needs help.

Deb - posted on 08/05/2010

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I waited until my daughter was 6 but that is b/c she had trouble getting the shampoo & Conditioner out. She can do it well now (just turned 7) but I still turn the water on for her and adjust the temp. Tap water can still give sensitive skin burns. Good Luck! :)

Candi - posted on 08/02/2010

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my daughter started washing herself and her hair by the time she was 4. I think 5 is plenty old enough.

Jennifer - posted on 08/02/2010

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She could be taking her own shower. In fact, this would be the perfect time to see if she is ready to do so. Just tell her what to do, and just wait by the door, just in case she needs some help (and to make sure she is safe). Every now and then ask her if she needs your help, just so that she is comfortable. Good luck and try not to rush her, she will get it sooner or later.

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Sarah - posted on 10/02/2012

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My first daughter took her own showers at two years old, I would still check her but she was very advanced. My son was four when he started taking his own, and now my step-daughter is five but I still have to help her. It just depends on how advanced your child is.

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she's old enough now. you might want to "check her" especially her hair to make sure she's rinsed out the shampoo (or even washed it! LOL) but she's big enough..

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I would say now is a good time. Doing things on her own, either is showering or pouring her own drink will teach her to be independent and she will be so proud of herself that she did it on her own. Just keep an eye on her and tell her what to do the first time and go through it step by step. If you don't feel comfortable with that you can train her for a week, everyday give her something to do on her own, like one day have her turn on the water that way she know what is the good temperature, and then do the rest. The next day have her turn the water and wash her body and then you do the rest and you build from there until she can do all the steps herself.

Omega - posted on 08/04/2010

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my five yr old just started taking her own showers. She does really good ,but I always start her water and go in and check to make sure she has all the shampoo and soap off. It makes her feel good and makes her smile. She makes a mess but the smile makes it worth it.

Mel - posted on 08/03/2010

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u no ur daughter better then any1.she sounds bright enough t b showerin herself.

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My girls were bathing alone at 4.5 which is when we first got a bathtub.

I'd put them in the shower together w/out me occasionally at a younger age, but would get in w/ them a couple times a week to help them wash.

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Under the guidelines given in the UK you should never leave a child under the age of 6. Small children are more likely to drown in a bath than in a pool or pond. If you think she's ready let her. Personally as a 5 year old my mam just washed my hair because it was very long and so hard to get all the shampoo out!

Jackie - posted on 08/02/2010

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5 is plenty old to bathe/shower. Always keep an eye and ear on her and just double check the important areas.

Martha - posted on 08/02/2010

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Sounds like it's time she takes her own shower then! Thanks, these are all very helpful answers!

Jodi - posted on 08/02/2010

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My daughter is 5 and she takes her own shower. I help her a little when she has to wash her hair, just to make sure she gets all the soap out, but otherwise, she does a great job.

Jane - posted on 08/02/2010

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Now :) I'd say do a spot check before she gets out but she's old enough to take her own shower!

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