Annie - posted on 02/17/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )
Hi, all! I have a daughter who will be 5 in July and a son who will be 4 in May (10 months difference in age), and they currently bathe together on a regular basis. I don't have a problem with it because they don't make a big deal over their differences, and they enjoy playing with their foam cars and stuff in the tub (usually a half hour at a time!). Plus, I can't imagine having to extend bath time to over an hour total from clothes off to jammies on if I were to separate them, but it seems that it is uncommon practice anymore to bathe siblings of opposite gender together. I'm sure I was at least 5 and my brother 6 when we stopped bathing together and neither of us are mentally scarred or anything. So when do I have to split them up? I could just shower them individually, which would take about 10 minutes a kid from start to finish, but I hate to do that because the so enjoy tub time. Help! And if I do split them up, how do I explain to them why this needs to happen? Obviously they are just innocent children and have no idea why bathing together could raise any sort of controversy.