how do i get my daurter use to the bath after she wa pushed under a wile back please help

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my daughter is 1 and she was acedentley pushed under the water about a month back and i gant get her to go back in the bath again also she is sceared of water please help


Kayleigh - posted on 06/01/2009




I would take her swimming. Buy her a pretty new swimsuit and some lovely arm bands and she'll might begin to like the water again. enjoy it.

Rachel - posted on 05/31/2009




I would also recommend getting in the bath with her. Snuggle her against you like you would if you were giving her a bottle or breastfeeding her and then she can feel safe also get bubbles and toys for her. If she gets used to splashing water in her face as a game she might be less frightened. I got Matey bubble bath which changes colour in the water!! You can also get bath crayons and squirty toys, things like that. When she's more confident you could get her to sit on your lap instead of snuggled in and then she could play more easily and when she felt even more confident you could put her in on her own, maybe in a bathring or bath chair but only inb shallow water to start with. If you have a garden you could also get a paddling pool for her to play with or just the washing up bowl in the garden for her to splash with or wash her dolls hair in (might be a bit young yet for that though) You could also think about taking her swimming. Swimming pools usually have classes for parents with babies and it would help build her confidence slowly. They would expect some children to be frightened and it wouldn't bother them, you could make some more friends or go with some you've already got and they might have some advice for what you could do at home. You could also ask your healthvisitor. At the end of the day she will always have a fear of water unless you or her breaks it. It will be hard but it will be easier to do it now rather than later and if she can do it gradually, knowing you are there for her then it will be better than any other way I can think of. Good luck

Rebecca - posted on 05/31/2009




Have you tried going in with her so she can hold onto you, and making the water really shallow? Also you can always with the summer coming try splash pads or even water wings (in the bath might seem crazy but if it makes her feel secure for a while). I would try giong in first though and playing around with all the toys and let her see how much fun it is, keep the water really really low and then slowly over time fill it up more.


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Lisamarie81m - posted on 06/19/2009




my son went through this phase where he would scream in the tub and stop breathing turn blue and everything it was scary we had to put him back in the kitchen sink for a few months to give him a bath and then we slowly put him back in the bath he ws about 1years old too, so I say stick her in the sink. good luck

Chloe - posted on 06/19/2009




i agree with all the moms that hav said go in with her and just hav fun or get ur older child 2 help or put the older 1 in first then let the younger 1 watch for a while so she can the see how much fun it is

gud luck with everything julie

Helen - posted on 06/01/2009




my little man (11months) likes to splash about with his ducks and boats in the bottom of the shower while mummy or daddy have a shower.

Jamie - posted on 06/01/2009




Why not just switch to a shower. I have never been a fan of baths, to me they are just sitting in thier own dirty water.

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I agree with maybe getting in with her. You also try bubbles or a new toy or even those colored tablets that change the water color (in the baby bubble isle made by Crayola). My 16 mo old just went through a "i hate baths" phase and putting bubbles in did the trick. Good luck!

Natalie - posted on 05/31/2009




Try to start out with judt rinising her off in the tub with the water running and then slowly work her back into taking a bath! Hope it helps!

Gemma - posted on 05/31/2009




You could try running the bath while she is in the bath. That may get her used to the water rising. Good Luck.

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