Standing in the bathtub

Melissa - posted on 06/21/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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My 9 month old son refuses to stay seated in the bathtub. I worry so much that he is going to fall and hit his head or something. Even if I sit there and hold onto him he still tried to stand. We use a stern 'Sit down" but its not working, I'm lost at what to do, just wondering if anyone else is having this problem, or if anyone has any suggestions on how to keep him sitting. Thanks

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Heather - posted on 06/22/2009

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My son went through the same stage when he learned to stand and pull himself up. He refused to sit and I found fighting him on it only made things worse...the bath took twice as long and he was more unsteady when he was upset. Needless to say, I became a master of washing him with one hand while supporting him with the other. I made sure I had a no-slip tub mat for him, and a variety of toys I could coax him down with for washing his hair, or splashing works really well. He loves to get mom wet! My only consolation for you is he did outgrow it once standing got old for him...now he sits and plays in the bath and only stands when he first gets in and when he's ready to get out. Just be patient and eventually, he'll be on to something new!

Shelley - posted on 11/23/2010

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My biggest concern is him falling and breaking his teeth. He's slipped a few times, but after some kisses to his boo boos, he's okay and goes back to playing. He stays away from the faucet now when he stands up. Don't worry too much about it. just pick a method you like (bathmat/end of tubtime upon standing/showers instead) and stick to it. Be firm and they will learn to adapt. Kids are so smart, and they catch on pretty quickly.

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Dayna - posted on 11/23/2010

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I had the same problem with my son a few months ago. he was probably 7 months old. He just learned to pull up and I had never had the problem before. He stood up in the bath tub and slipped. He hit his head on the side of the tub. I was so worried that he would hate bath time. I bought him the rubber ducky bathtub to restrict his play room and it is a blow up bathtub so he can't hit his head on it. But ever since the fall he knows that when I say sit down that I mean it for a reason. I find that giving him plastic toys and cups in the blow up rubber duckie tub really helps me get his attention away from standing up in the tub. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 11/23/2010

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My son has been doing this since he was 11 months old, and is now 14 months, I think it's just something they like to do. What I do with this situation is tell him to sit down and put him back on his butt. after he does this twice, I will tell him if he does it 1 more time, he is getting out and doesnt get to play with his duckies anymore. Sometimes he will listen, sometimes it doesn't, and when it doesn't work, I take him out of the bath tub.

Jennifer - posted on 11/23/2010

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Get one of those things that u put baby in and it goes in the tub with suction cups on the bottom of it,kinda like a boster that goes in the tub,check walmart.

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What I do is first tell my daughter to sit down. If she doesn't then bathtime is over. She quickly learned to stay seated. She'll stand everyonce in a while now but will quickly sit when told.

Rachael - posted on 11/23/2010

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Honestly, several months ago, I just started staying really close and keeping on my toes! My son has never been the "sit still" type, so nothing would work short of strapping him down (to which he would probably scream his head off). I suggest getting some grippy things for the bottom of the tub, and staying close. Good luck!

Katie - posted on 11/23/2010

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ive got the same problem and i bath my 2yr old wiv my 11mnth old and in the end i fill the bath alittle, have a bath mat in the bath 2 make it less slippery and i make bath time into a game wiv loads of splashin and makin a mess this is the only way i can get my youngest sit dwn my oldest is ok

Mary - posted on 11/22/2010

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Desiree , can you post a link of what your talking about again. the last link is broken and im really interested in this kind of bath seat. thank you!

Mary - posted on 11/22/2010

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my son stood up and fell head first into the tub. he did it so fast! i was sitting right next to him. now i usually bathe him in the kitchen sink or i take a bath with him.

Chrystal - posted on 06/27/2009

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at walmart they have these mats that suction cup to the bottom of your tub..they are awesome bc not only do they stop the kids from falling but they also are long enough to cover the whole tub...my son likes to stand too and i bought him a sponge bob one he loves it..they are in the isle with the baby bath stuff and are rolled up so look carefully

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Try something like this. This one hooks on to the side of the tub apparently which I haven't seen before, but my mom had a seat very similar to this one for myself and my siblings when we were little and it worked wonders, kept the babies sitting down and can still reach to play with water and toys.



http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp...

Melissa - posted on 06/23/2009

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Thanks everyone for all the advice!!! I am definatly going to try out the things suggested, we already got him some more toys and that seems to occupy him a little bit longer!

Justine - posted on 06/22/2009

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i used a toddler bath seat they are the best !!neveer had any trouble with my bubs in the bath

Stephanie - posted on 06/22/2009

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I used a seat and now my son at 3 is pefect in the bath with no seat or anything, also a ton of toys!! He loves bath time so telling him that he was going to have to get out would have definitley worked also....Bath time is a special time for him and he loves it so I would definitley try a seat before not giving bath's at all!!

Brandi - posted on 06/22/2009

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my 18 month daughter does that but she likes to stay in the bath a long time so we tell her that if she doesnt sit down that bathtime is over you could try that if he likes his bath hope that helps.

Kylie - posted on 06/22/2009

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I had the same problem with my daughter, I bought some non-slip stickers for the bottom of the bath but i always insisted she sat down I wouldn't give her the bath toys unless she was seated. I was paranoid about her slipping and hurting her teeth.

Kylie - posted on 06/22/2009

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I had the same problem with my daughter, I bought some non-slip stickers for the bottom of the bath but i always insisted she sat down I wouldn't give her the bath toys unless she was seated. I was paranoid about her slipping and hurting her teeth.

Toni - posted on 06/21/2009

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my son refused to even get in the bath at about 6 months so we just started showering him. he'd get in with dad and then i'd grab him and dad would have his shower, quicker process. then when he got older i let him play under the shower with a car for awhile. now he loves baths but there has to be alot of toys and on his terms, so its a big treat and he gets a quick shower each day. the last thing you want to do is worry about something else, esp bathing....

Toni - posted on 06/21/2009

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my son refused to even get in the bath at about 6 months so we just started showering him. he'd get in with dad and then i'd grab him and dad would have his shower, quicker process. then when he got older i let him play under the shower with a car for awhile. now he loves baths but there has to be alot of toys and on his terms, so its a big treat and he gets a quick shower each day. the last thing you want to do is worry about something else, esp bathing....

Adrienne - posted on 06/21/2009

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Both of my boys have done the standing in the tub and still do. My youngest is going to be turning one. We use a non-slip mat. We bath them together so they don't do it as much. My oldest is going to be turning two soon as well. They both fall hit their heads of the tub. It scares us all the time but they just get back up and start laughing. The worst part for us right now is that my little guy is just starting to walk and has to try in the tub. Good Luck! :)

Jacquelyn - posted on 06/21/2009

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My son does it too. i put as many toys as i can then sit him down and he gets distracted by the toys and forget to stand and when hes bored of the toys and tries to stand i tell him bath times over and take him out.

Jocelyn - posted on 06/21/2009

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my son did that too, and i would just keep taking him out of the bath whenever he stood up (and he loved being in the bath, so he learned pretty quick to not stand up)

Julie - posted on 06/21/2009

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all mine did it too he'll stop soon standing is kind of new so hes trying it out.

Shannon - posted on 06/21/2009

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My son did that - and he would do this scary thing where he would fling his legs out from under him and land on him bum to make a big splash - I was terrified too!!



Our solution was that he started showering with me - I would wash him first, quickly, and then my husband would grab him out of the shower and dry him and dress him while I finished showering. Quick and easy with no time to play.



Now he's almost 3 and he showers with Daddy most of the time and has Crayola bath markers in there and draws on the wall while Daddy shower and my son gets cleaned last and we've had no broken heads or teeth. My son loves showers.



To this day if I try to give him a bath he's a monster (probably because they are so rare) so he gets to play in water in the pool or at the amusement park only.



That worked for us, good luck finding your solution!

Danielle - posted on 06/21/2009

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Hey,

Our little bub does the same thing. We just plop him back down until we are done. We did recently buy him some little squirty bath toys. It seems to help distract him so he'll stop climbing out... and we've shown him what happens when you splash.

Now he loves his bath times and just splashes away and chews on his bath toys.

Stevie - posted on 06/21/2009

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i dont think i can give you any help with trying to keep him sitting but you could get a non slip bathtub mat or the non slip tub sticker things or you could get (ive seen other pics of them from other moms) an inflatable tub like a duck or something and you put it in the tub so they dont hurt themself so its kinda like a pool in the house in the tub lol ive seen one that was a duck and one that i thought looked like a winnie the pooh my son loves to stand in the tub too but he can only do it if im in the tub with him lol but i hope i helped if you cant find away to get him to sit this might ease your worries some just keep a hand on him and an eye and maybe one of those things works best for you good luck

Stevie - posted on 06/21/2009

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i dont think i can give you any help with trying to keep him sitting but you could get a non slip bathtub mat or the non slip tub sticker things or you could get (ive seen other pics of them from other moms) an inflatable tub like a duck or something and you put it in the tub so they dont hurt themself so its kinda like a pool in the house in the tub lol ive seen one that was a duck and one that i thought looked like a winnie the pooh my son loves to stand in the tub too but he can only do it if im in the tub with him lol but i hope i helped if you cant find away to get him to sit this might ease your worries some just keep a hand on him and an eye and maybe one of those things works best for you good luck

Natalie - posted on 06/21/2009

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you can buy bath seats from stores that provide baby products or search online.

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