bathtime hell!!

Lauren - posted on 12/09/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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my twin boys love bath time. their dad gets in the big bath and one at a time they have a bath a play. however when i take them out, they scream and scream and scream. i wrap them in their towels so they dont get cold and they are fine but as soon as i lay them down to dress them etc they scream. even if i lay them down still wrapped, but as soon as i pick them up they are fine. why wont they lay down after a bath?

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Kyle - posted on 12/09/2009

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Try dressing them while they are still sitting on your lap. It could be because once you lay them down the towel gets cold from lack of your body heat. Try putting their shirt on sitting in your lap and with the towel still wrapped around their bottom half and the unwrap them the rest of the way to finish.

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Amanda - posted on 12/14/2009

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My daughter is three months old and did this too, I dealt with the screaming for a few days while dressing her then cuddled afterwards to calm her down..Like I said it only took a few days before she learnt a little bit of patience, now shes happy in the bath and after knowing she's going to get cuddle time soon.

Staum - posted on 12/11/2009

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Have you had his ears checked recently? The water getting in could be hurting his ears. My friends son ended up needing grommits and wasn't allowed water in his ears and he had the same symptoms. If this fails maybe get in contact with the health nurse as at 4 months old they dont usually cry for nothing...maybe it is worth just getting him checked over!

Pat - posted on 12/11/2009

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My daughter is the same. 19 months old now. I bring her into our bed and we cuddle under the covers for a short time until she's warm. Then I put the diaper on and for some reason, she likes getting dressed in front of the mirror so we do that after bath time. Needless to say, my mirror is covered in hand prints but it's 10 times better than the screaming.

Jane - posted on 12/10/2009

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Try giving them a toy they really like to play with while you dry & dress them.

Lois - posted on 12/10/2009

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I always put the towels in the dryer while they are in the bath, they love getting wrapped in warm towels

Sarah - posted on 12/10/2009

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As another mother of twin boys, I can tell you my best guess- They are mad! They just got one on one time with dad in a warm fun bath, then they get yanked into the cold AND you have the NERVE to put them down! :-) My twins were always particularly reluctant to be alone when they've had one on one attention. When we took them out of the bath as babies, we would put them right into the front carrier or sling and spent time cuddling. One other guess, if they get water in their ears, they could be feeling it drip into their ears when they lay down, and not like that.

Kelly - posted on 12/10/2009

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I have an 18 month old who loves the bath, and still screams when he gets out. I think it has to do with the cold air hitting them. I can wrap a towel around him and he's fine, but the moment that I lay him down to put the diaper on he starts screaming. you might try wrapping them up, tight in the towel and just unwrap the bottom, while they atre laying on your lap. but to answer your question say it is a stage that they go though, my girls are though it and it will get better.

Gina - posted on 12/10/2009

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hi Lauen , i feel your pain i have a daughter Nattallia who is almost 15 months and since day one the same thing she just loves being in there , i agree with the other few Moms who say try standing them up . I know it must be tough with 2 i usally will turn the cd player with her music .to distract her from being taken away from the bath i feel she thinks the fun is over so ive tried to do another fun thing with her dancing and singing while we are getting dressed to her favorite lullabies so farit has been working out ok or depending on the boys ages ask them 2 pick out there own pjs and see who can dressed the fasted just lil things to keep the fun still going ... good luck sweetie and god bless you with doing it with 2 the same age ... Happy Holidays to you and your Family . Gina

Rebecca - posted on 12/10/2009

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I have a 6 month old and he use to do the same thing - I started putting the towel on the radiator and made a game of when he came out of the bath - then I give him a cuddle while he's in the warm towel, he still wrestles and gets a little upset when I try to dress him - but I think it's a combination of things - they don't want to come out of the warm bath, don't want to get dressed and baths make them tired - Usually if he comes out screaming I can put him straight to bed and he goes straight to sleep so there is a bonus of a crying baby post bath time.

Cassie - posted on 12/10/2009

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hohestly, they just relate laying down to bedtime when they still want to play with dad, baths usually make babies tired anyhow and then you lay them down after and it clicks in their little minds that bedtime may be near, even if it is not. with my son i try to give him a bath before nap or bed time so that he does relate them and is willing to relax and let it happen. just dont make bath time play time with daddy and i bet you will be fine!!! be firm with the little guys, babies need rules too.

Stacy - posted on 12/09/2009

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warm up the towels in the dryer ,have their clothes ready to put on asap,while your at it warm them in the dryer , they willl get all cozy in their nice warm clothes and b ready to lay down , i always would put their clothes on while they wre layin on my lap on ther tummy. maybe a differnt positon will allow water to drain out of ears ,eliminating that possibility.good luck ,dont forget that cryin will not hurt your babies.

Amanda - posted on 12/09/2009

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My 4 mo old is the same. Loves her bath, screams the second she is laid on her towel. The faster I dry her, the quicker she calms down. I think it's because fun time is over and the air hits her wet skin. I may try drying her in her bath chair, don't know if it will help though!

Ailysh-Hope - posted on 12/09/2009

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I don't have any answer... But it always hurts me after i have been for a swim and i lie down... I get water in my ears and when i lay there is pressure... Get there ears checked out next time you make a visit to the Doc.

Samantha - posted on 12/09/2009

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my son is 4 months old too, he loves his baths and gets mad everytime he has to get out and does hte exact same thing. im not sure why!

Cassie - posted on 12/09/2009

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it sounds like they have fun playing in the bath with their dad. if the fits are too intense, try bath time one at a time with no dad. it may be more work but i think they need to know the difference between bath time and play time. i let my baby (now 1 year but i've had this routine since he could sit up) play for 5 or 10 mins then we wash and get out. it works really well for us, when we wash he knows that play time is over.

Jessica - posted on 12/09/2009

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oh hello lauren!
I also get this problem when my son (marco) gets out the bath, so what i do is make it like a game, so i'll blow raspberries on his tummy, and we sing his fav songs over and over till he's done, lol very tiring but its either that or a headache! LOL

Melissa - posted on 12/09/2009

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I think it is a phase. I remember my son went through something similar but can't remember how old he was. But now I just make sure are bathroom is warm enough water is just the right temp and let him splash and play until he seems he's done. Usually doesn't take long usually but I know if I don't give him the chance to play in the tub he gets a little upset.

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they just dont want the fun to end i think lol.. give them a warning of 2 mih b4 they have to get out of bath.. toddlers like knowing when and qhats coming next in my experience.. let them know its time to get dressed so you can read them a book or whatever comes next in the routine for the night or day.. routine is what they go by

Natalie - posted on 12/09/2009

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My daughter did the same thing when she was very small. I'm still not sure why, could be the shock of the air (even though our house was warm), or maybe she was upset at not being able to get back in the bath. She still LOVES bathtime. We started taking her to our bed, where it was comfy and lots of room, and giving her a baby lotion massage (look up infant massage techniques, it helped a lot) and I would sing softly to her. I noticed that chamomile and lavender lotion really did calm her down faster. With my daughter, it was just a phase, I can't remember when she stopped, but before we knew it she didn't do it anymore.

Sylvia - posted on 12/09/2009

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At least you're able to give them a bath ;^). That was the age when my DD became terrified of the water and screamed bloody murder the second any part of her body touched it -- we had to give her sponge baths for months and months and months. Fortunately babies don't actually get that dirty ;^).

Seriously, though ... is it possible they have water in their ears, and lying down feels icky? Or ... I can't think of anything else, but obviously *something* is bothering them. Four-month-olds don't scream for no reason (even if it's something like "I need Mommy to hold me!" -- that's a perfectly valid reason, just kind of inconvenient sometimes), and they certainly aren't doing it on purpose to be difficult.

If it's driving you crazy, part of the solution might just be to not bath them as often, so you don't have to deal with the screaming as often. As I said, babies don't really get that dirty in the ordinary course of things.

KrIsTi - posted on 12/09/2009

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My son is 17months old and this still occasionally occurs!! however it only started when he was around 12months.. as soon as I put him down he starts screaming.. I think he just doesn't want his clothes on after being free for so long lol.. so I have all his clothes ready on the bed, put a dvd on for him to watch and have his bottle ready (his bathtime is just before bed) and I dress top half while he is sitting up, then I lay him back n do bottom half while he is distracted with his bottle.. he has gotten used to this now and I have noticed over the past month he doesnt scream anymore unless he is super tired.
but if your twins are only four months maybe it is just a phase.. maybe they dont want to get out of the bath? I know that my son used to scream when it was time to get out.. but that only lasted two or so months..
all bubz r different tho!! hope this helps!!

Lauren - posted on 12/09/2009

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4 months old. i struggle drying and dressing standing when they are wriggling and cant hold themselves up yet. has anyone had this happen? is it a phase?

Diane - posted on 12/09/2009

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don't fight it....dry them and dress them standing up.....They seem to like it....I think it makes them feel like the fun is still going on.....

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