What do you do if you need a shower in the middle of the day?

Christinarchavez - posted on 02/13/2009 ( 196 moms have responded )

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My husband is taking us out on a 'family date' tonight as soon as he gets home from work. I'm looking pretty rough and am in serious need of a shower. I don't have anyone I can call or ask to watch the baby for 15 minutes...Do any of you mom's shower while the baby take his nap?

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Anne - posted on 05/27/2011

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I used to put the baby in the car seat or baby swing and put her on the floor next to the shower with some toys. If the baby was fussy, I used to peek through the shower curtain and play a minute of peek-a-boo. Never had a problem. Or yes, wait until the baby is sleeping, then there is no stress.

Cynthia - posted on 05/26/2011

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nope single moms never shower... common if the kid is sleeping take a shower. if he cries, he cries. the baby will not die because you took a shower:)

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Audra - posted on 11/09/2011

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Yes! Showering while the baby naps is the best option next to having Dad there to go for the baby himself. If the baby can escape his crib when he's awake, I imagine it'll be just a quick shower because you will be worrying that he's awake. But the ONLY time I can truly relax is if my boys are asleep, because I don't feel like they're being neglected and I'm not worried about them crying too long, or getting into something they shouldn't. Take advantage of those naps!

Rachelle - posted on 05/27/2011

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I shower while the baby naps or bring the baby into the washroom with me in a bouncy chair or swing, exersaucer or I put them in with me.

Jane - posted on 05/26/2011

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Instead of a shower, I would take a bath with the baby either in her swing or in her car seat near the tub, You wash your hair by pouring water over it from a large cup. The bath means you have your eyes and ears available to check on the baby the whole time.

A few times I showered while she was napping - I had the baby monitor in the bathroom so I could hear her if she woke. I took the quickest shower I could so I could be out before she woke.

Blackwood - posted on 05/26/2011

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If our baby is still young enough, you can put him in a swing outside the door so you can pop your head out and see him, if he is sleeping, bring his monitor in with you. If he is old enough, give him a book and put him in the crib. A clear shower curtain works great if they are in or near the door way where you can see them. Exersaucer is also great.

Christy - posted on 05/26/2011

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Nap time is a great time to get your shower in. Also, when my babies were infants, and it wasn't nap time, I would bring them in the bathroom with me in a seat like their car seat or bouncer and then shower. Then I could peak at the baby every couple minutes. That doesn't work so well once baby is mobile!

Tanya - posted on 05/26/2011

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Im a single Mum and I used to shower while she slept but she is a relux baby so wouldnt sleep for longer that 20mins, so I used to put her in a bouncer next to the shower as she got older though she wanted to come in with me as there is no one else to watch her I dont have a lot of choice but she loves the shower/bath with Mummy...

Mindy - posted on 02/27/2009

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just put ihim in his car seat our bouncie seat in the bathroom on the floor while you shower!

Amanda - posted on 02/27/2009

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I only did that the first week home from the hospital. Since then, I just get up before my hubby starts work and shower then. Does your baby have a regular naptime? Try then, just try to make it a fast one. Have fun on your date night!!

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I would put my son in his carseat latched in  and in the bathroom when he was really young.  And yes, I did shower while he was asleep for his nap, I would have the monitor in the bathroom and the door open.  I just made sure that he wasn't in the crib with anything at all and hopped in the second he went down.



How old is he/she?  Are they mobile?  Can they play on a met or in a bouncer while you shower, that way they can be in the bathroom.



Hope this helps a bit and HAVE FUN!

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I would put my son in his carseat latched in  and in the bathroom when he was really young.  And yes, I did shower while he was asleep for his nap, I would have the monitor in the bathroom and the door open.  I just made sure that he wasn't in the crib with anything at all and hopped in the second he went down.



How old is he/she?  Are they mobile?  Can they play on a met or in a bouncer while you shower, that way they can be in the bathroom.



Hope this helps a bit and HAVE FUN!

Patricia - posted on 02/27/2009

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Yes!  I would go ahead and take a shower while the baby is napping.  Even if the baby wakes up while you are in the shower, it won't hurt him to cry for a few minutes while you finish up.  He should be safe in a crib.  Have fun!

User - posted on 02/26/2009

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Please be assured your baby will be fine while you are in the shower!  As a mom of four I can tell you this with confidence.  She is fine to be in her crib or swing or bouncy seat - and if it makes you feel more comfortable put the bouncy seat on the floor in the bathroom.  Once your baby can sit on her own you could also let her sit on the floor of the shower while you are in there- my one clingy child did that until he was probably two or three and he is now a well adjusted 14 year old.

Sandra - posted on 02/23/2009

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hi there, i know that you have posted this awhile ago but i thought i would share what i do when i am alone during the day. when my 2 year old son was younger i would put himin his bouncey seat and put it on the bathroom floor, if he wasnt napping. once he stoped napping i would put him in his high chair, so that way he coukldnt move and he was starped up. its so hard for us mothers to do things that we used to do everyday before having our children. if none of those work for me then i just wait until my husband get home then i jump in very quickly.

Megan - posted on 02/23/2009

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I almost ALWAYS shower when my little one is napping. Just bring the monitor in to the bathroom :) Although, we have our bathroom pretty well baby proofed (and it is tiny) so in a time of dire need I bring her into the bathroom with me (and a few of her toys to occupy her) and take a quick 5 minute shower (which I have now mastered) with the shower door cracked so that I can see her.

Alona - posted on 02/23/2009

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Quoting Bethany:

Absolutely! When he was young I would also put my son in his bouncy seat right in the bathroom with me so I would know if he started crying. Your baby will be ok!


That's exactly what I did with my babies...They may get fussy before the shower has ended but they are fine!!!

Alona - posted on 02/23/2009

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Quoting Bethany:

Absolutely! When he was young I would also put my son in his bouncy seat right in the bathroom with me so I would know if he started crying. Your baby will be ok!


That's exactly what I did with my babies...They may get fussy before the shower has ended but they are fine!!!

Jasmine - posted on 02/19/2009

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oh ps. Family date night sounds like fun! Thanks for the new idea and I hope you had/have a blast!

Jasmine - posted on 02/19/2009

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If you dont feel comfortable taking a shower while baby naps, you could bring him/her into the bathroom with you. I do this lots with my babe. When he was younger I would lay out a mat and some toys for him to occupy himself with. and now that he is older I drag the exersaucer into the bathroom with us. Fun fun!

Ilkay - posted on 02/19/2009

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Your baby is safe in the crib, but you can have the baby in the bathroom in his/her carseat or bouncy seat if you're worried to take a shower while she/he's sleeping somewhere else. Alternatively, if the baby is older, you can take a shower together. That's what I do with my 15 month old.



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Talisa - posted on 02/19/2009

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Definately get one of those vibrating seats that have music and toys and just bring him into the bathroom, or just outside the door

Talisa - posted on 02/19/2009

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Definately get one of those vibrating seats that have music and toys and just bring him into the bathroom, or just outside the door

Talisa - posted on 02/19/2009

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Definately get one of those vibrating seats that have music and toys and just bring him into the bathroom, or just outside the door

Anna - posted on 02/19/2009

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sounds like you have a newborn.  At the beginning when I wanted him in my sight all the time I'd put him in his bouncy chair in the bathroom with me and sing to him while I was showering.  Worked well.  Once I got a bit more into the swing of things I'd jump in the shower while he was napping.  Exactly as the others have said, you know if he wakes up, he's safe.

Fran - posted on 02/19/2009

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yes, yes, yes!!! you have to keep up with yourself too! the other thing you can do, if you are worried about leaving the baby in the crib and showering during a nap, is to put the baby in a bouncy seat and bring the seat and baby into the bathroom with you. and if they are too old for a bouncy seat i found putting them on a blanket on the bathroom floor with some toys works great. this way you can still shower and see the baby. have fun on your date night.

Roberta - posted on 02/19/2009

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Hi Christina! I'm a mom of 2 girls of 9 and 3 years old. I used to take my baby with my and keep her in her bassinet at the side of the tub. The other perfect idea, and they both loved, was the little vibrating chair. They could sleep right there with the conforting sound of running water. But if you want to keep her in her crib the baby monitor would do just fine. Just remember to put it very loud and close to you!

Enjoy it!

Brendapam - posted on 02/19/2009

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Yes if I needed a shower any time of the day I would wate for him to take a nap or I would take him in to the bathroom with me or put him in his swing.

Dara - posted on 02/19/2009

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i would either shower while my son was napping or when he was awake put him in his little chair and bring him in the bathroom with me,  Once he was about six months and could sit up i put him in the shower with me and he loved it!

Dara - posted on 02/19/2009

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i would either shower while my son was napping or when he was awake put him in his little chair and bring him in the bathroom with me,  Once he was about six months and could sit up i put him in the shower with me and he loved it!

Libby - posted on 02/19/2009

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As long as your baby is not mobile, try taking him/her in the bathroom with you and putting the baby in a bouncy seat or in a Boppy on top of a towel.  I was scared to take my first shower when I was home alone with our little guy.  It turned out he loved listening to the water and was an angel the whole time.  He actually liked it so much I used to take him in there when he was being fussy just to settle him down!  FYI - I have a shower curtain with a clear liner.  I used a hair clip to hold the shower curtain out of the way so I could see him through the liner.  I made sure he and his binky were within reach.

Shirley - posted on 02/19/2009

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I shower when dd is napping or if she doesn't want to nap I shower with her. She loves it and after she has had some fun she is happy to sit in her rocker wrapped in a towel while I wash my hair.

Caroline - posted on 02/18/2009

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that is the only time I am able to shower lol... take advantage of the nap and take a quick shower

AJ - posted on 02/18/2009

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I took my son in the shower with me. I had a bath tub thing for infants that had this slanted shelf thing that would prop my son up and I would warm the tile where he laid with the water and continue to while I showered. Or I would just get in the bath tub with him. It was a chance for me to freshen up and he loved the skin to skin contact. Plus he loves the water now and it is almost impossible to get him out of his bath now.

Becky - posted on 02/18/2009

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That's the ONLY time I shower!! I'm a single mom and if my son is sleeping, I jump in. Either that or I put him in his bouncer in the doorway. Either one works great.

Jacqueline - posted on 02/18/2009

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sure, why not, a shower is great, and if possible, take your baby in the shower with you, I did it with my kids and they loved it.

Ruonan - posted on 02/18/2009

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you can try putting him in a bouncer or a sling and put that in the bathroom. Just shower real and peek at him every once in awhile, like playing peek a boo.

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As long as the baby is not able to get out of the crib  - stick him/her in there, thow a couple of toys and board books and head straight for the shower. Forget the monitors, or the bouncy chairs by the door - nothing is going to happen to your baby (unless the baby is able to get out of the crib). Even if the baby starts to cry, so what? Little crying is not going to hurt, your baby is not going to die. Or, like many others suggested - wait for the nap time.

Sarah - posted on 02/18/2009

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Take a shower. Who's in charge here, you or the baby? Mom should do whatever Mom needs to do. Don't let your own personal hygiene go by the wayside while letting someone one-tenth your size dictate your every move. Even if the baby screams bloody murder, it's only five minutes, right? Go take that shower already! You can make it up to him/her with extra cuddles afterward. Will he/she really remember those five minutes when they're 18? Or even an hour later?

Lisa - posted on 02/18/2009

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I used a baby bouncy chair or the car seat while I showered. I kept the door open so she wouldn't get steamed out and places her just by the door (I don't have a big bathroom) and just peeked out from time to time. She was usually pretty good. I did this from birth until now. Sometimes it better, because you don't strain to hear them cry from where they are napping, and you can just reach out of the shower to give them their soother if that's what they want..... works well too if you need to pamper your feet or shave those legs! HAHA

Stephanie - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Bethany:

Absolutely! When he was young I would also put my son in his bouncy seat right in the bathroom with me so I would know if he started crying. Your baby will be ok!



I always strapped my little one into their infant carrier and took them in the bathroom with me-they usually fell asleep and it let me keep and eye on them at the same time.

Louise - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Christina:

What do you do if you need a shower in the middle of the day?

My husband is taking us out on a 'family date' tonight as soon as he gets home from work. I'm looking pretty rough and am in serious need of a shower. I don't have anyone I can call or ask to watch the baby for 15 minutes...Do any of you mom's shower while the baby take his nap?


Hi.There has been plenty of times i have needed a shower during the day.I wait until it is my child's sleep time then put him in his cot.i will take the monitor & plug it in just outside the bathroom so i can hear him.Yes your baby will be fine.You need some time to yourself to get ready to go & have a family meal! x

Lori - posted on 02/18/2009

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OH yes! I definitely have showered when the baby is taking a nap.  When she got a little older I put her in the pack and play.  She is safe there and I can usually get through a nap.

Laura - posted on 02/18/2009

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I assume your baby has a carseat?? Or some sort of seat that your baby sits in?? Put your child in there and take him in the bathroom with you...and yes, it's okay to shower when your baby naps...if it makes you feel safer, you can always bring your baby monitor in with you. You have to make good use of any time you get for yourself! I'm a single mom...each finger counts as a hand!! =)

Laura - posted on 02/18/2009

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I assume your baby has a carseat?? Or some sort of seat that your baby sits in?? Put your child in there and take him in the bathroom with you...and yes, it's okay to shower when your baby naps...if it makes you feel safer, you can always bring your baby monitor in with you. You have to make good use of any time you get for yourself! I'm a single mom...each finger counts as a hand!! =)

Julie - posted on 02/18/2009

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Absolutely you can shower while your baby naps. For the first few months of my son's life, that's the only opportunity I had to take a shower! :) Now, my son is 2 and I just put him in his crib, put on a Baby Einstein or Elmo DVD, and take the baby monitor into the bathroom with me. Trust me, your baby will be fine for the 10 minutes or so that you will be in there. :)

Heather - posted on 02/18/2009

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Oh I feel your pain!!  When my daughter was younger I put the swing or bouncey seat right in the door way.  Then I used her exersaucer.  Now I shower while she naps (since she's a year and doesn't use a swing or seat).  If she isn't or won't nap I take the high chair and stick it in the doorway (i have a tiny bathroom) and give her a toy or an object she doesn't normaly get to play with.  That usually helps keep her quiet.  Sometimes I play peek a boo with her using the curtain.  Oh, I belt her in to the chair since she started standing in it a while ago.  So now, she's strapped in, and busy where I can see and hear her and not worry that she's fallen or gotten into something, plus she sees me and MOST of the time won't scream and cry like she does in her crib.

Angela - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Christina:

What do you do if you need a shower in the middle of the day?

My husband is taking us out on a 'family date' tonight as soon as he gets home from work. I'm looking pretty rough and am in serious need of a shower. I don't have anyone I can call or ask to watch the baby for 15 minutes...Do any of you mom's shower while the baby take his nap?



yes i would shower when mine are sleeping just bring the monator with you. I would also bring the baby in with me, put them in there bouncy chair get cleaned up then bring them is the shower to clean them It's a pain but it works

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