How do you manage baby while YOU take a shower?

Sara - posted on 12/30/2008 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I am looking for ideas on how to occupy a one year old while I take a shower in the morning.

I've tried a video and a jumper seat, and that in combination.

Now DS is to big for the jumper seat.

He just cries and cries. There is only one person home at a time - so there is no one to "watch" him.

Any ideas out there?

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Jen - posted on 12/30/2008

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I used to use the bouncy seat when my daughter was younger, but now I just take her in the shower with me (she's also 1). I usually sit her on the floor in her bath seat and give her a couple of bath toys. In order to prevent the shower water from hitting her in the face I put her on the opposite end and face the water down so that it doesn't even touch her.

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Melissa - posted on 02/23/2014

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I bring my daughter in the shower with me. She really seems to enjoy it. If I am in a hurry, I put her in her bouncie seat and keep her in the bathroom while i quickly shower.

Daphne' - posted on 01/04/2009

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Is there room to place him in the bathroom on the floor? While in the shower, you can randomly stick your head out and talk while showering so that he knows that you are not gone.

Leila - posted on 01/04/2009

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Hi Sara, I've just become a member, but this is a very interesting issue, when my daughter was little about 1 year, she is 4 and a half now, I used to put her in the walker, and give her some toys and keep her in the bath while I was taking a shower, so she could see me and hear me talking to her, but I don't know it will work for you,
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Katrina - posted on 01/04/2009

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I always took my son in the shower with me - from the time he could sit up by himself until he could shower by himself - then I would shower while he got out of his pyjamas and when he was showering I would dress and then get him out and dress him.

Kelly - posted on 01/03/2009

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I took my daughter in the shower with me, she loved it and I could see her at all times. She has always showered with Daddy. If he could juggle a kid in the shower, when he has difficulty outside the shower, I figured I could. She now is almost three and loves showers, baths, creeks, swimming pools. She is not afraid of water and enjoys it immensely.

Melissa - posted on 01/02/2009

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I have also opted for the evening showers... soooo much easier! The odd weekend I'll shower while she's awake, and I'll bring her into the bathroom with me, (cabinets and toilet seat locked up tight!) and she's happy to play on the floor with her bucket of tub toys. Although sometimes she'll start tossing them into the shower for me, so I've got to watch my step!

Sandra - posted on 01/02/2009

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Is his room a safe place for him to play? If so, you can put one of those child locks on the inside of his room door and that way he cannot open the door to get out and wreck the house or get into things. He may cry a little but if he is not hurt or sick, it can be good for him to learn to self calm for the few min. it takes to shower. My kids made it through and now my sister-in-law is doing the same thing, she has noticed that her daughter is less clingy and whiny and will play by herself for more that a nano- second. Good luck and hope you get to enjoy a shower!

Sarah - posted on 01/02/2009

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I put my girl in her pack and play with toys/books and in front of a Baby Einstein DVD while I got ready- worked great.

Gabrielle - posted on 12/31/2008

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I would be really careful about leaving a baby alone in a high chair. My daughter is 2, and I leave her on the couch watching TV and eating Kix while I shower, or I take her in with me. When she was a baby, I put her in a bouncer or exersaucer in the bathroom with me and just showered fast, or waited until my hubby came home from work.

Tricia - posted on 12/31/2008

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My husband puts our daughter in her high chair with breakfast in front of the tv while he takes his shower. She's happy eating her breakfast while he's busy.

Dawn - posted on 12/31/2008

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I used to put my son in his walker. my bathroom is only small and he used to love crashing into everything. I used to pull faces through the shower door and draw pictures on it. When he got more competant in the bath (we have a seperate shower cubicle) I used to put a bit of water in the bath and let him splash about.

Kirsten - posted on 12/30/2008

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It's been a while, but I used the bouncy seat (on the floor) when he was an infant and then took him in with me when he was older.

Rebecca - posted on 12/30/2008

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This may not be super helpful, but when my kids were infants up until maybe six months ago (they are now 5 and 7) I quit taking morning showers. I got into the habit of showering in the evening after they were in bed. I did that because I didn't know how else to handle it, and then I found that I prefer it - turns out it keeps my sheets and my pajamas cleaner longer, and I have less to do in the morning when the kids are active. I now shower in the morning about half the time because I can, but find that I generally still prefer the evening.

Korbi - posted on 12/30/2008

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If you have a clear shower door, you can put a little shaving cream on the inside with you while he is on the outside. My son would spend 10 minutes trying to get it off from the outside. At least it worked for a while. After he outgrew that, I would put him in the crib. If he cried, he cried. If not, he didn't.

Chandra - posted on 12/30/2008

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i have a small chair that my 2 year old sits on in the bathroom while im in the shower. he usually has a toy and is good until i'm done. if he doesn't want a toy, we talk about his day

Erica - posted on 12/30/2008

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My very physically active 15 month old is usually pretty happy for 15 min or so in his pack and play with some books and toys.

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