Why does my baby hate having baths?

Debbie - posted on 05/04/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )




When my baby was 0 - 6 weeks she loved having baths, now she hates them and constantly screams and goes bright red in the face, are there any methods I could use to make her like them again?


Victoria - posted on 05/13/2010




Did something traumatic happen in the bath to scare her hun ? Just a thought ! Anyway Willow, my eleven week old daughter first hated the bath so I decided to get in with her, and guess what ? from that moment on she loved it, so we bath together each night and she smiles the entire time. She just needed the comfort of Mummy ! Maybe try getting into the bath with you little one ?

Good luck and let us know how you get on xx

Kelly - posted on 05/08/2010




I bring her in the shower with me cause it keeps them a little warmer. Then I prep for being done by bringing her bouncy seat and laying her towel on it, so when we're done I can sit her in the seat and wrap her up like a burrito nice and warm while I get dried off.

Lisa - posted on 05/12/2010




I'll have to try that! Fortunately my son loves bathtime! He is an Aquarius so he must feel comfortable in water.
The countertop tub I have has a temperature strip on the bottom. I have it at 97 and he is content. I keep him entertained by talking or singing to him.I constantly pour the warm water all over him to keep him warm and take him out within 5 min.


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Tamara - posted on 05/16/2010




The first bath that I gave my son, he was scared. The second one I had a bath with him so he felt secure. Now my son is 3 months and enjoys his baths, with or without me. I now have several bath toys in with him which keep him occupied while I wash his hair. I don't leave him in too long, just long enough to bath him and to allow him to explore a little. I made it into a game for him I guess, but made him feel very secure at the beginning.

Georgina - posted on 05/15/2010




try getting in the bath with her and sing to her, it works with my princess if she gets abit grumpy :)

Jessica - posted on 05/14/2010




my hubby gets in the shower with our son and faces him out. all he sees is me and it seems to keep him happy :)

Debbie - posted on 05/12/2010




Hi, Thanks for all your ideas - I got in the bath with her and she loved it no screaming or crying it was the best bathtime we have had for weeks!!!

Nicola - posted on 05/11/2010




I started bathing with my babies from about 3 weeks old and they just love it! My first daughter used to breastfeed in the bath (kill two birds with one stone!) but my second (11 weeks) is happy to just lie/sit on my lap and take in her surroundings. She kicks and laughs and loves it! My eldest (22 months) has always bathed with me and I only stopped when I was too pregnant with my first and it was uncomfortable bathing with her. Now we three girls bath together and hubby fetches baby and dresses her while I bath my toddler and myself. Then when we get out I dry off my toddler and she runs off in the nude while I get dressed -- loving the freedom!

Emily - posted on 05/11/2010




I get in the tub with them, so their lower half can be in the water while I hold and wash them. They seem to like it better than when we put them in the sink

Christa - posted on 05/10/2010




Do you have one of those wash clothes you put over their belly to keep them warm? I didn't know about those with my first and she screamed everytime for like the first 6 months or so. With my second we have one and she is so calm in the bath. Try that she may just be cold. :-)

Kytama - posted on 05/10/2010




I agree with Kelly Gunther. Maybe you can try to shower with him. My son hated his baths grom the beginning, so most of the times we shower with him. If I do bathe him, he prefers to sit up straight.

Charlotte - posted on 05/10/2010




There are only three ways my baby will like a bath and be happy (otherwise she cries)

1) Take a shower with me. It keeps her warmer, she can look around, and she has the comfort of you being there...

2)Take a bath with me. ( i personally run the shower and sit in the tub and let it spray on us {sometimes she even falls asleep on me like that}, but you could also draw bath water, they like to kick)


3) I just started putting her in her own little bathtub in the big tub (she didn't like it in the sink) and she is content with that too!

Good Luck!

Nicole - posted on 05/10/2010




i would deff. try taking a bath with her. my son is 11 weeks and will only take a bath with his father i tried once and he cried the entire time. i cant even put my feet in the tub with them.

Jenny - posted on 05/10/2010




I put her tub on the washing machine and then I put the washing machine on Spin Cycle.. she loves the vibrations, guess she feels like she has her own whirlpool! It's the only way I could stop her screaming during bath time!

Katy - posted on 05/08/2010




I recommend either getting in with her, or messing around with the temperature to see if she prefers her baths hotter/colder

Krista - posted on 05/07/2010




Make sure the water is warm enough - they can go a little warmer then they have in the past. No one likes a chilly bath!

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Do you give the baby a bath in the big tub or on one of the ones that lays on the counter? my son hated being bathed in the tub that sat on the counter but as soon as i started putting the baby tub in the big bath tub he loved it! he likes sitting in the water!

Kelly - posted on 05/05/2010




my daughter kaitlyn (3 months) loves her baths. recently i have been having a bath with her, she lays on my legs and i don't really need to support her, she loves it kicking and splashing. when shes had enough i roll her onto her tummy on my chest and place a warm washer on her back to keep her warm.

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