fear of bath

Brynn - posted on 04/15/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )




I have an 11 month old son who within the last few weeks has become deathly afraid of the water. Every bath time is torcherous. He starts to cry as soon as he hears the water turn on. We have tried sitting in the tub with him but he still tries to crawl out of the tub. How can I help him get over his fear of water?


Tiffany - posted on 04/15/2009




Do you have a favorite toy or something of his you could bring into the tub with him. Maybe run the water to fill the tub with him in another room? May need to go back to the sink and see how he reacts with that. Have you tried bubbles? You could try taking a bath yourself a few times with him playing in the bathroom. Maybe seeing you in a tub a few times without you trying to put him in there will help.

My little one makes her way to the bathroom as fast as she can when she hears the water running.

There was a time when she was younger that she didn't care for bath time at all, she saw me take a bath a few times and she played on the outside of the tub and splashed her hand in my water. The next step I took was me getting in the bath first, filling it up and grabbing her when she was playing in the water. I took baths with her for a few weeks, then she was fine in there by herself. Best of luck to you!


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Elizabeth - posted on 04/27/2009




Someone suggested to me (currently having same problem) about putting the infant tub into the big bath tub so they could have boundaries. Also, lots of toys and bubbles.

Dora - posted on 04/24/2009




Try putting him in the kitchen sink I had the same thing happen wile we were on vacation, He freaked out in the tub for a week strait, we don't have a bath a our house just a shower and a sink!! He does well showering with us but he really loves the sink its smaller and I think he is more confident in it.... I hope this helps

Amanda - posted on 04/21/2009




maybe its to cold? i had the same problem i started spounge bathing him for a few weeks hoping he'd forget his fear my mom then took him and tried in the sink. first she sat him on the side and let his feet go in then when he reached for the water she put him in and he loved it! now he loves baths! but we have to make sure its warm enough luke warm is always to cold for him i was scared to have the water to warm but he was so much happier. we also have special toys for only in the bath!

Audrey - posted on 04/20/2009




My daughter acted this way when I moved her from her smaller tub to the big tub. I put a towel in the bottom of the tub and up the sides. My daughter liked the floating effect of the towel in the water and I think she felt she had boundaries in the larger tub. After a few weeks, I weened her off the big towel to a hand towel and now she is fine w/the mat.

Nikki - posted on 04/19/2009




have you tried to shower with him? My son hated baths for about the first 2 months of his life so my husband started to shower with him and he LOVES it! It's much warmer and easier on your back :) He holds him while I come in and wash him up and then they sit on the floor in the tub and play!

User - posted on 04/18/2009




My son loves the bath. He hears the water turn on and he gets super excited and trys to get in the tub even before I get his undressed. Fear of the bath is a normal phase in a child's life...when they hit it is different for every kid. My son has a lot of "tubby toys" that he plays with in the tub. Try just filling the tub and put some toys in it and playing with the toys while standing outside of the tub. Also try making the water temp a little warmer...it might be too cold where he doesn't like it. My son likes a nice warm bath...not "normal" temp you would expect for a baby. Good luck!

Terri - posted on 04/18/2009




have you seen the inflatable duck bath? it can sit in your big tub and he sits in it. it quacks too. maybe that would help? the sides are soft since it's a blow up tub and the bottom is non-slip.

i have read somewhere to wait to drain the water until baby is out because they might think if the water disappears down the drain then they might too. or maybe the noise of it is too loud.

Danni - posted on 04/17/2009




Try bathing him in a baby bath or some other large tub or try the shower.

My daughter (also 11 months old) was behaving in a simillar way that's when i put her in the shower with me & while i held her i let the water run over her & let her touch the running water. She now has the occational bath but prefers the shower.

Hope things get better for you soon & your son is back to enjoying bath time again.

Brynn - posted on 04/16/2009




I had never thought of taking a bath with him in the bathroom. I am definitely going to try that. Thank you so much for the help.

Jordan - posted on 04/16/2009




Tiffany has some really good ideas. The idea of you in the bath with him just playing around you sounds pretty effective. I've never had this problem so I really don't know but best of luck!!

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