Bathing my toddler while I'm pregnant. Any ideas for doing it comfortably?

Kelly - posted on 04/03/2011 ( 57 moms have responded )

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I am 5 1/2 months pregnant and it is starting to be difficult to lean over the tub to wash my 3 yr old. I was looking into purchasing a tubside kneeler, but wasn't sure that would work well with a pregnant belly. Plus our tub is large and deep so didn't know if it would fit. Has anyone used one before or do you have any suggestions on how to keep comfortable while leaning over the tub?

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Merry - posted on 04/12/2011

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Get in with him! I bathe my son while I sit in the tub with him. We both wash together and play a bit and it's so relaxing and very useful to be able to wash him comfortably. If you are super self conscious about your body, just use a swimsuit!

Rachel - posted on 04/03/2011

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I would suggest getting your 3 year old to start washing themselves. you sit and watch and tell them what to wash and they wash it. that i what i do with my 3 almost 4 year old and i dont have to do any thing. he does a pretty good job.

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I just bring my toddlers with me in the shower. My two youngest are 2 and 3 years old and they've been hopping in my showers for about 6 months or so. I think they've had maybe 1 bath in those 6 months. It's way more comfortable for me and it wastes less time and water. I got loofas and child friendly body wash and while I'm washing they wash themselves. It works great for all of us :)

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Raynae - posted on 07/22/2011

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If I didn't feel like getting in the bath completely, I would sit on the edge with my feet in the water. It was relaxing for my feet and I didn't have to bend over to wash my daughter.

Celia - posted on 07/22/2011

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bathing my 3 yo while pregnant i would let her play in the water until she was done to soak off most everything then have her stand and sit on a five gallon bucket of quickly wash her while i was slightly bending over. it wasnt necissarily easy but she was also helpful and i would wash her hair for her and encourage her to wash herself from the waist down. i would wash her top and tell her to wash the bottom just like mommy did.

Eileen - posted on 04/14/2011

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my son (2 1/2) has been having a shower for 18 months as our old bath was a corner spa and the shower was over it. We would put the plug in and use the shower to fill the bath with a bit of water so he could sit in the bath while we had a shower.
He loved having a shower, since we moved he has gone back to having a bath once a week and showers the rest of the week.

Leyla - posted on 04/14/2011

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Teresa - posted on 04/13/2011

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ok i would suggest that you take a chair in the bath room for you to sit on if your bath room is big enough and also if your comfortable with it at 3 is still young enoung to take a shower or bath with your lil one i always did with mine babys untill a current age of course lol but its an idea

Danae - posted on 04/13/2011

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I agree with Rachels suggestion as well and thats what i did with my 2 1/2 year old, it mad it very interesting for him and less work for me. I just sit and monitor him. We are in the same boat, im 5 months pregnant as well and its certainly too much work to lean over.

Amber - posted on 04/13/2011

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I had major back surgery when my son was younger and leaning just killed me. He started showering and LOVED it. He got to play in the "waterfall" then wash at the end. It saved my back!

Carol - posted on 04/13/2011

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Why not take a bath with your 3 yr old, if the baby is active this would be a good time for you to let your 3 yr old feel the baby moving and you could tell your 3 yr old about when you were carrying them inside you and how you felt when they kicked you for the first time. Doing it now will also help your 3 yr old not be too jealous. My two girls are 7 1/2 yrs apart but I made sure that my oldest was a part of her sister's pregnancy while I was carrying Monnette and it helped Amanda not be so jealous. She even took the ultra sound pics to school for show and tell and then when Monnette was born in May I took her to school for show and tell and that made an impact on her other classmates.

Julie - posted on 04/13/2011

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I put my toddler inthe kitchen sink and bathed her there. She loved it and so did I!

Hope - posted on 04/12/2011

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I used to use a step stool and sit sideways, with my legs along the tub. I had my daughter (2-1/2 at the time) stand up so I could bathe her, then when I finished soaping her up, I used an ordinary cup (like one you drink from) or one of her bath toys that could hold water, to rinse her. Good luck and congratulations!! :) ♥

Melanie - posted on 04/12/2011

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i usually bath or shower with my 2 year old! its easier or if i dont feel like getting in right when i go to give her a bath i just have a dora bath sponge for her and i put body wash on it and let her wash herself, i just tell her what to wash next and she washes it....i just dont wash her hair that night thats all.

Amy - posted on 04/12/2011

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My daughter's 4 and still will get in the shower with me sometimes. It's faster and takes less time when we both have to get clean. Although, she was washing her own hair at 3 and her body too and I'd just kind of check over and make sure she got it all. I was pretty much sitting on a stool talking with her while she cleaned herself.

Casey - posted on 04/10/2011

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Get a kiddy pool and a tarp put the tarp in the kitchen floor the kiddy pool on the tarp amd fill the kiddy pool from the sink oruse a bucket from the tub and do the same with emptying it tje kido will love it and plenty of mommy sitting space!

Meaghan Van - posted on 04/10/2011

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I also shower with my little 17 month old... he knows to stand on the mat or sit on it... he actually throws a fit when we try to bathe him now, he prefers the shower hands down.

Andrea - posted on 04/10/2011

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When my son was 2 he would get in with me and I would give him the washclothe and squat in the tub and help him wash up. This was the easiet thing for me. Now, when I was pregnant with my 3 child my son was 3 yrs old so I had him help his sister wash up and I would supervise. It worked great. I am glad to hear that I am not the only mom that has taken my kids in the shower with me after they got older.

Ashley - posted on 04/09/2011

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i have 1 n i use it as a step stool for her to wash her hands n when she starts to potty train to get up on the potty & just bc it kinda is more comfortable in general to kneel on to give her a bath but i don't think it would help with a prego belly unfortunatley. i would suggest a shower head with a removable head so u can rinse them with that or have ur hubby do it--lol

Becky - posted on 04/09/2011

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I am also 5 months pregnant & have always felt uncomfortable leaning over the bath to wash my daughter - I am only 5 foot 2 & our bath is quite deep. I get in the bath with her, then she plays while I get dried, then I get her out of the bath to dry her. I make sure I am prepared & have everything ready in the bathroom before we get in the bath & when I get out I don't take my eyes off her for a second.

Nikki - posted on 04/07/2011

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I am 8m prego and I have use my 2yr old sons booster to sit on and try to wash as fast as I can and than let him play a bit.

Mandy - posted on 04/07/2011

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ive been there, it was easy for me to sit on the edge of the tub or straddle it, lol but most of all i would always tell my 3 yr old that mommy needs you to help me wash you, it worked for me because my 3 yr old loves to help no matter what the situation is

Schollin - posted on 04/07/2011

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I had the same problem my three year old. We solved it by teaching him to shower. He now showers awesome, and generally prefers it:) I help him shower on preschool days or if we're going out but he either baths or showers himself on other days.

Bernie - posted on 04/07/2011

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im 9 months prego right now, i taught my 4 yr old and 2 yr old to wash most their self. i wash there hair, i have them stand up so im not bending over anything really.

Monique - posted on 04/07/2011

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I have always sat on the edge of the tub with one foot in the water for support. That might help.

Rachel - posted on 04/07/2011

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Once I got too big to bath my lo i used to get in the bath with her, made it fun for her to play. Still do it now as its quicker to bath her, get new baby in, then wash myself. haha quicker but perhaps lazier

Liann - posted on 04/07/2011

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I was pregnant and also had a two year old and I would let her play in the bathtub until it was time to wash. I would have her gather up her bath toys and pull the plug, and stand up and I would use our hand held shower head to wash her up. With her standing while I washed her I could usually stand pretty comfortably beside the tub.

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i am 35 weeks pregnant, and have been putting my 2 year old in the shower with me, so i can knee on the bath mat and wash him it's soooo much easier then trying to bend over the tub. or you could ask your partner to wash your little one, that way no bending for you at all.

Cyndel - posted on 04/06/2011

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I thought of this when I was early in my pregnancy and started to teach my son (3 1/2) to wash himself under my supervision, all I have to do is rinse him and wash his hair, all I do for that is put a folded towel on the floor kneel on it and then I don't have to lean over and I wash and rinse his hair. I hold his hand as he steps out onto the towel then I sit on the toilet and dry him off. I'm currently 34 weeks and this works great.

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Wow weird I'm in the same boat and have a 3 year old and a 1 year old and am 6 months along. I give my 3 year old baby soap and make her wash herself . I soap her hair and then tell her to float and rub her head. i rarely bend to wash her anymore. she also helps wash my 1 year old.

Allie - posted on 04/06/2011

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I recently had my daughter in the shower with me. I needed to get one before I had work and she wanted to be with me. She loves the water! Put down a shower mat with some toys on it. It also depends on your comfort level.
When I was pregnant, I watched my nieces. I sat on the edge of the bathtub, kind of so they were in front of me and a little lower. It makes hair washing easier and have your 3 year old use a loofah to clean his/her body. It lathers up easy and they can see how much they are helping you!

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I am 7 months pregnant and my daughter is 17 months old. On most days, I deal with it, I do make the bath quick, but on days that I may feel a bit miserable, I get in the tub with her and bathe her that way. Then three days out of the seven day week, daddy is home to bathe her so I make him do it. :-) But I think that since your child is 3 years old, you two can shower together. I don't do it because I think my daughter is too young, but at three, with a slip resistant mat inside the shower, it would be good.

Wendy - posted on 04/06/2011

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I used the shower hose too - my son was a year and a half when my daughter was born. He would stand up while we got the cleaning bit done, then I would sit on a chair beside the tub while he played for awhile. I think the hardest part for me was lifting him out soaking wet while he wiggled around =P But yes, the shower hose saved my life when I was preg with his sister.

Sarah-Anne - posted on 04/06/2011

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i'm not prego, but i still have my 2yr daughter take a shower with me. she is learning to wash herself. she hates getting sprayed with the shower hose, but that's just too bad. if you don't want to shower with your toddlers or get in the tub with them. roll up your pants or just take them off and sit on edge of tub with your feet in the water. you'll be closer to your kids and won't have to bend over too far.

Bonnie - posted on 04/06/2011

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Maybe you could try sitting on a chair by the tub and letting your child stand while you bathe them.

Nohblee - posted on 04/06/2011

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it helps to have a higher laundry tub or washtub/basin, I used the laundry tub whilst prg with second boy right from the beginning to save my back, also if the change table is sturdy enugh, you may aswell bring it out now and use it for dressing etc, this will help alot, just try and avoid lifting so just do it when someones around to help with that part

Jen - posted on 04/05/2011

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I had my husband start doing bath time so that it would be easier. When I give her a bath though I sit on the toilet and have her stand up when I help her soap her self. With shampoo she sits down at the edge of the tub so that I can reach her. It hasn't been too much of an issue and I'm 8 months.

Cathy - posted on 04/05/2011

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Yeah I made my husband take over bath time when I got to uncomfortable to lean over the tub. It mostly hurt my back. Or I took a bath with my daughter.

Lady Heather - posted on 04/04/2011

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Yup, my husband is in charge of bath time right now. I HATE leaning over crap when pregnant. Switched her to a toddler bed for that reason alone. So no, definitely not leaning over the bath.

I'm a really sissy pregnant woman though. I try not to feel guilty about it. It's only temporary.

Adrienne - posted on 04/04/2011

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I kneed over the tub up until 8 months but my tub isn't large and I've had to have my mother or husband wash our boys for the last month. (being induced on friday unless he comes before hand) But if I'm alone I lean over long enough to wash them and then use the shower hose to wash them off. It works and doesn't bother me as much. I hope you find something that works! :)

Sandy - posted on 04/04/2011

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I never figured it out, even bringing him into the shower with me was difficult because we have a separate shower and tub. I just let my husband do it, it worked out great for all of us!

Sarah - posted on 04/04/2011

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im preg n my 18 month old kumps in shower with me or my husband it so much easier n by watching us wash our selves he is starting 2 wash himself its easy on me n he learning at same time

Ashleigh Jade - posted on 04/04/2011

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Id suggest showering or bathing with your child. Also at 3 he or she should know how to pretty much clean themselves, so just pump some baby wash into their hands and let them watch. Id also suggest the hose thing you attach to the tap. That way you can stand to rinse your child off. Or let them have a go at it.

Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

Cailie - posted on 04/04/2011

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they have things tha you can attache to the tub spout that turns into a shower love it!

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