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Audra - posted on 11/09/2011
If you're home alone, and they're not napping, contain them as you would if you were putting them to bed. Otherwise you can stress the whole time you're showering about the toys/choking hazards and where they might move to. Play some music, and shower. It will most likely be quick, because the baby will start crying but a quick shower is better than no shower. If you can get the baby to nap, then you may really enjoy a longer, hot shower and relax a bit...spend some time for yourself getting ready for the day, etc.
Kristin - posted on 09/07/2009
I usually wait until nap time. As soon as my son goes down for a nap then I jump in. If your daughter is young enough you can even bring her in with you. My son loves the shower water. He likes to play in it while I am holding him, but I try not to bring him in wth me unless absolutely necessary. Another thing you can do is put her in a bouncy seat or a playpen right out side of the shower. That way you know she isnt going anywhere and you can talk to her and play peekaboo with her if she worries that you have left her. Happy showering!
Liz - posted on 09/07/2009
With my oldest I used to put him in either his playpen or his highchair and give him a few toys and bring him in the bathroom with me..... It worked!!
If you cant shower while he sleeps, bring them into the bathroom with you. When my son was little I would put him in his bouncer chair and set him right at the side of the tub so he was just an arms reach away.
If they're young, like under 8 months or so he might really dig a brightly patterned shower curtain. Mine spaced out on ours a lot.
Dayna - posted on 09/07/2009
How old is your daughter? When my son was old enough to be mobile but to young to be safe to take a shower with me, I put him in the bathroom w/ me in his baby swing.... or his pack and play righyt outside the bathroom door.
Just breathe- nothing is impossible, you just need to get creative.
Sarah - posted on 09/07/2009
My little guy is mobile now and a bit of a climber, so I try to either shower while he naps or get up 30 minutes before him in the morning (ugh 5:30am) and shower then. If neither works then I stick him in the playpen and try to move as fast as humanly possible.
Jenn - posted on 09/06/2009
i let my daughter shower with me, shes 2 and if i tried to shower without her, she would just climb in. i bought crayons for the bath tub so i give her one of those and let her go nuts. it works, she used to shower with daddy as well, but as she has gotten older she is a little too curious about daddys parts, so she isnt allowed to shower with daddy anymore b/c he gets uncomfortable.
My son is now two and the best thing I have found is to leave the door open. I let him know I am going in there then he decides if he wants a shower or knows where I am if he needs me. But I prefer to wait until naptimes for my longer showers, soaks, or me time!
Virginia - posted on 09/05/2009
i noticed that the first thing to get put on the back burner was my personal hygene. i manage to brush my teeth each morning while im making some baby cereal or heating up a bottle, but thats about it. when asked if i have done anything spontanious lately my answer was "take a shower" however nap time is usually the best time, if thats not an option then wait untill night time when they are in bed, and if all else fails i pull the playpen into the hallway right outside the bathroom and shower with the door open (or you can just put it in the bathroom with you if its big enough.)
Christal - posted on 09/05/2009
Ever since my daughter was born I have had her bouncy chair in the bathroom. and when it was time for me to shower if she wasn't napping i would buckle her in to that and take my shower, that way i can watch what she's doing and listen to her. i can also talk and sing to her to let her knwo i havent gone anywhere. she love it!
Becca - posted on 09/04/2009
Try to get your daughter on a schedule as soon as possible. It has been wonderful for me. She wakes up between 8-8:30am so I get up at 7:30 and take a shower before she wakes, or if it's later in the day I put her in the playyard with some toys. It sits right outside the bathroom door in the master bedroom and I can see her from the shower. I have never showered with her, seems a little weird. Good luck!
Jen - posted on 09/04/2009
Not sure how old your daughter is but all of these moms are right! If you cant wait til nap time since you need to be at work then try and get up before she does if she wakes about the same time daily or try and take your showers at night and shave and stuff then that way all you have to do in the mroning to get rady is wash your fash and freashin up. or if she is big enough i love the high chair it works wonders i always took my son in there w/ me so i could see/hear him and he would just eat something or play w/ something and if shes to small for that yes the bouncy chair is also great i used that from day 1 til he was to big to fit in it! Having them shower w/ you is also great but i'd wait til she was a little older just incase you get soap or something in her eye.
Carina - posted on 09/04/2009
As a working mum I understand the dilema of trying to get reading in the morning with bubs. Our systems is: we give her a bath of an evening, then make sure we are up in time to shower early in the morning so that we are just getting dressed as she is waking up. Her morning bottle takes care of her for long enough to get makeup and hair done. Then the rest of the morning is free to get her ready for daycare. Means you have to get up half an hour early but I personnally would prefer that to the stress of having her up and wandering the house.
Lacy - posted on 09/04/2009
I have been showering with my little girl since she was 2 months, and she's now 9 months! I put her 'Bumbo' seat in the back of the shower and she plays with some toys, and when I am done, I pick her up and shower her too. It works GREAT!! Good Luck!
Betty - posted on 09/04/2009
Just give her some bath toys and bring her with you. I would need a shower while tending to niece and found that this was the only possible way. She was so cute licking the water up as it dripped in her face. I really enjoyed it.
Kathryn - posted on 09/02/2009
hi, i have been putting my boy in my bed and he can hear and see me from there .. i shower in my ensuite .. he has just started to learn to roll so i will be putting him in his bouncer and having a shower in the main bathroom ... he is very content to just sit and listen to the shower and i talk to him through the screen so i havent had to worry .. he is more of a pain once i have finished .. i have to get dressed quite quickly or else he will start moaning and groaning ! good luck :)
Niki - posted on 09/02/2009
When Savannah was little and my husband was not around i would wait until she went down for her nap and then took the monitor in the bathroom with me to make sure t what she didnt wake up while i was in there. As she has gotten older (17 months) i cannot even mention the word shower without her running off to the bathroom trying to rip her clothes off and get in with me. Rather than fight it i let her get in and sit on the shower floor while i'm in there. The plus side is that in one step we are both clean and ready for the day!
Iysha - posted on 09/02/2009
I took my baby in the shower with me for the first time today. It was way easier than I thought. I just set her on the floor in her bouncer while I showered, then took her in with me for a quick little wash. When we were done, I put her in a towel on her bouncer, got her dressed, then dried myself off. Worked good for me =]
September - posted on 09/02/2009
My son is 10 months old and I use the "jump and go" while I take a shower if my son is not napping which is when I usually take my shower for the day. I just hang it in the bathroom door so that he is close to me and we can still interact with each other. i'm also a working Mom so I have to shower in the morning too. My son usually is still sleeping when I shower in the morning and if not my husband and I take turns watching him while the other showers. Good luck!
Ashley - posted on 09/02/2009
i have never brought either of my children in the shower with me because i like having shower time to myself and i have never waited for my partner to get home from work. i always broughtmy oldest in the bathroom with me with some toys. i'd bring in his playmat, bouncy chair or jumperoo and let him play while i took a shower.
Erin - posted on 09/02/2009
At first, I put my daughter in her bouncy chair and put in Baby Einstein videos. Once she started walking and wanted nothing to do with being strapped in a seat, I made sure the bedroom and bathroom were baby-proofed. I emptied out a drawer in the bathroom and made it a "Katelyn" drawer - filled with some of her favorite books and toys. I make sure the closet doors and the door going to the hall are shut. I turn on Sesame Street and let her play in the bedroom/bathroom while I get ready in the morning. She is almost 16 months and I'm hoping this routine will work for a while!
Courtney - posted on 09/02/2009
I do the same as most of the mums have said; I pop my little guy in his stroller in the bathroom with me and give him some toys to entertain him. It keeps him happy for long enough to get all scrubbed up! I found that I had to do this as everytime I went while he was asleep the noise woke him up...very frustrating...
Lyndsay - posted on 09/01/2009
I used to put my son in his little vibrating chair with some toys and bring him in the bathroom with me. Now I put on Spongebob Squarepants (his favourite show) and try to shower as quickly as possible. He's 2, and I figure I have about 10 minutes of him sitting on the couch and watching it before he gets bored and restless and wants to play elsewhere.
Jodie - posted on 09/01/2009
I don't think I can always wait for my husband to get home, or wait until she's napping, because I'm going back to work in a week, and I have to shower in the morning, whether or not she's sleeping. But I do like these ideas...thank you very much! :)
Brenda - posted on 08/31/2009
I have always took my son in the shower with me. I think this year, now that he's four, I finally got a shower or two to myself, but other than that, once he was old enough to climb in, he was in the shower with me. Other than that I'd wait for the hubby to get home. I was not comfortable taking a shower while he was asleep, I was always afraid he'd wake up while I was in there and either start screaming or get into something. Neither of which I wanted to happen.
Isa - posted on 08/31/2009
My son is walking, so I just let him stand outside the shower. He tries to climb in so I keep it pretty short. If I have to wash my hair or shave, I usually wait to take a long shower if he's napping.
Oh, but I do always have the baby monitor in there with me. It gives me peace of mind!
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