im scared to bath my son alone

Lindsey - posted on 11/02/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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my son is now 11 weeks old and im scared to bath him alone i wait until my partner is back from work which is late to bath him like 1 am in the morning my son still doesnt sleep through the night is this beacuse i havent set a routine for him ?

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Meaghan - posted on 11/04/2009

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I was also very afraid to bathe my son when he was only weeks old. My fiance would bathe him almost every time unitl i gained enough courage to do so. trust me it will be ok the more you practice the more confidence you will build. we soon got into a routine and shortly after my son was snuggly in bed by 8! good luck!

Kathy - posted on 11/04/2009

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I can understand your fear! They are so little and helpless. I have a tub that fits in the kitchen sink. It is SUPER handy. It came with a sling for when they are newborn and it works right up until they are a toddler (not sure you would want them up on the sink at toddler age but you get the point!) My LO is 3.5 mo and I can easily bath him on my own with no problem. Check out walmart for that tub, Its a winnie the pooh one! Good luck:)

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My hubby works out of state Monday through Friday, so I had to learn to bath my little guy alone. It was scary at first, but now it's so easy! Just remember to have everything you need within arms reach. I also make sure his room is set for bedtime routine before I bathe him. Have faith in yourself!

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I have four children and I still get nervous about bathing my kids. I think considering the risks we all hear about it is just natural to be afraid around water. One hears all the time how quick things can happen around even a small amount of water.

I found that I am more relaxed if I bathe my youngest while im in the tub with him, I can place him on my lap where i can use my legs to help to hold him while I get items I need (obviously I still keep one hand on him at all times) When Im done i wrap him in a warm towel and get out myself. it takes longer but its more comforting to me to know I have more control over the situation. Once my kids are too big for this (once their head is past my knees I switch to the baby tub with the baby rest thingy until they can sit up.

Being worried or nervous about things as a parent can actually help you at times, use it to your advantage if your worried about something adapt it to something you are more comfortable with safety wise. if you dont feel its safe make it safe.

Katherine - posted on 11/02/2009

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Quoting lindsey:

im scared to bath my son alone

my son is now 11 weeks old and im scared to bath him alone i wait until my partner is back from work which is late to bath him like 1 am in the morning my son still doesnt sleep through the night is this beacuse i havent set a routine for him ?


With my first I was really nervous, newborns don't have a routine, they just do what they do when they do it.  Is this your first?  Do you have help besides your partner?  You might have the blues.  The only reason I say that is because anxiety is a sign.  Talk to your Dr about it, they can help.

Hanna - posted on 11/02/2009

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well, my son grew up taking bath around 12 am, that was the case pretty much since he was 2 wks old b/c me and hubby work in a restaurant industry. just make sure u keep him up before that time to set the sleep pattern (at least 3-4 hrs) and the other day naps, make sure that they don't last more than 1.5 hours. that way by the time it's bed time, he'll be nice and tired & ready for that last feeding & sleep. and lavender soap helps too. my son slept 6 hrs a night since he was 2 months old & by the time he turned 4 months, he got at least 7-8, turned to 10 after we introduced solids into his diet.



as far as bath time, there are tubs that contour the baby (most modern tubs are like that) and you can just lay the baby down & he'll be reclined & wont' slip anywhere. if you're afraid, put less water in the tub. then get the towel near the tub so that it's easily accessible. and the best way to pick up the baby when wet is wrap your hand under the baby's arms from the front (left hand if you're right handed) so he's semi-laying facing down over your arm, then the hood goes over the head & your right arm goes underneath the butt. that way you have your baby secure. and he won't slip anywhere while you're carrying him to the changing station. hope this helps. good luck!

Connie - posted on 11/02/2009

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I would also wonder why you are scared. You are really asking two seperate questions here.THey do have baby baths that fit in a sink and that to me is easy. I did not have to worry about the baby slipping or leaning down to bath them. It's ok. It may that you are like a lot of us we are scared that we are going to break our kids or something. Trust yourself. Keep asking questions here.

Since he is only 11 weeks that is not unusual for his sleep pattern to change. IT's different with different kids. I would get used to one schedule of sleeping time and then it would change:)

September - posted on 11/02/2009

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Well if you are scared then have someone help you. The more that you bath him the more confortable you'll get with it. Do you have an infact bath? Those are great and easy to use. At 11 weeks it's normal that your son is not sleeping through the night. He is still adjusting to the world. I've been told that babies sleeping habits can vary all the way until they are 2 years of age. Our son is 1 and has gone through several sleeping phases. Try to set a routine and stick to it but know that your baby is still very young and may not be ready for a bedtime routine. Good luck and best wishes!

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