I need help with bath time

Mandie - posted on 01/15/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )




This is my first child and she HATES bath time. I am not sure what to do she is 14months old and as soon as she even hears the bath water going she freaks out!! I think I have about tried almost everything.........But, any suggestions are warrented


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Jay - posted on 05/29/2014




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Evi - posted on 01/18/2010




our son always had a problem with the water. he would scream his heart out if we told him its bathtime. well after many screaming baths and trying to calm him down, we actually stopped giving him baths for just a little while and took him into the regular shower with us. we were able to block off the water with our backs so he stayed dry when he got in the shower and slowly got him wet after a while and kind of talked him through it that it is ok and water will make him smell good and such. he was ok after a few try's and we moved on to the bathtub . we took a bath together and played with him and talked him through it again. we took a baths together and after a few we actually got out and he was staying in it by himself and continued playing while one of us was just sitting there watching over him. he loves baths now . ( oh btw we got him a little bath bubble machine it worked wonders ) good luck

Krysta - posted on 01/18/2010




I went through the same thing with my first son at about that same age. Nothing happened in the bath to cause him to be scared as is the same for you too I am sure. I think some kids just go through a phase where they don't like it. I took a bath with him for a while and that worked great! He loved bath time then and then we switched to showers and he also liked that. So I would suggest trying to get in the tub with her and see if that helps.

Andrea - posted on 01/18/2010




i take showers with my 8 month old instead, because she hates the bath - I think it keeps her warmer and she likes the spray. That way I can hold her too and she feels safe. Just make sure you have a good grip on her :)

Tara - posted on 01/18/2010




My daughter was scared of the tub for several months but she loved the kitchen sink. Its smaller and she will be closer to you. Put some toys in there and let her splash around before trying to bathe her. She will slowly warm up to the bath tub. Good Luck!

Danielle - posted on 01/17/2010




Have you tried to use the kitchen sink? That way when she realizes the fun you can always move to the tub and take it with her. There is also always the option of the shower if you don't mind holding her the entire time. My daughter loved all those so it's always something to look into.

Jessica - posted on 01/16/2010




It could just be a phase, my best friends son did that when he was around the same age as your daughter, my son is only 8 months and he's like a fish so i haven't had any problems .. yet. Having a bath or shower with her might help. My son sits in the shower almost every day with me and he absolutely loves it!

Jackie - posted on 01/15/2010




make it a fun bath time... with songs, toys and you join in as well. i probaly wouldnt let her here the water running.. that might be scaring her.

Connie - posted on 01/15/2010




I'm in the same boat with you. Although I moved into a new house recently, whereas my daughter (12 months) use to love bathtime at our old house. Now she hates the new bathroom. I've brought her in there just to look around. I pointed to everything and named each item off to her. I've tried the same songs and various bath toys with no luck. I've even taken many baths with her too. I've bought a new showerhead to replace our massage hanging showerhead. I've adjusted the water temp on the water heater to be a lil on the cooler side. I've tried 3 different toddler tubs as well. She does the same thing when my husband tries. I'm starting to think there is something that scares her about the echoing of our vaulted ceiling.

Just try eliminating anything that may be within eye sight and play peek-a-boo with it until the screaming and crying turns into giggles and smiles when mommy talks. Don't give up the effort and remain calm. Eventually they will come around.

Nicole - posted on 01/15/2010




Have you gotten in the bath with her? that may comfort her. The sound of water should sooth her more then anything since that's all they heard inside of us. That's very strange. Has she had a bad experience or something with it?

Medic - posted on 01/15/2010




have you tried just making it fun.....singing a song about it dancing on your way to the bathroom....getting the bath wall paints or anything like that....my son has always loved bath time but when he gets bored with it i have to change it up so he stays interested in it......i dont know if that will help....it will get better

Kellyn - posted on 01/15/2010




You could also try just giving her sponge baths, where she sits in the tub with no water and just clean her with a sponge or washcloth and then slowly start putting water into the tub, a little at a time, etc.

Angela - posted on 01/15/2010




Did anything happen to her before during bath time to make her so scared? Maybe you could try having a bath with her and play with her to show her bath time is a fun time.

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