hating bathtime

Mandy - posted on 04/05/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




my darling boy is 12 weeks old and hates bathtime with a passion. i have tryed making it warmer, colder, bathing with him, everything i can think of but he screams as soon as he touches the water. help?


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Mandy - posted on 04/09/2009




i just bathed with him and he was happy. found a solution. thanks everyone.

Amber - posted on 04/09/2009




We went through the same thing. I remember dreading every 2nd or 3rd day knowing that it was time for her to have a bath again. Honestly I don't know what changed outside of her getting older that made bath time more manageable. I remember that I would sing to her while I quickly washed her and I finally thought to put a little space heater in the bathroom with us so that she was always warm. I think that helped.

Lisa - posted on 04/08/2009




I have always used a baby bathtub I could place in the kitchen sink and put a sprayer on it (the kind that just screw on your existing faucet; if you don't have one now, they are really easy to install and cost just a few bucks).  I just put a few inches of water in the tub to start and make sure the spray is the right temp for the baby before putting him in.  Then, I put the spray on his belly.  All four of my children have loved this!!!  They would play with the water as I bathed them, and it made it so much easier!  When they were big enough to retire the tub, I just bathed them in the sink, still with the spray on, and then the transfer to the big tub was a breeze!  Maybe it will work for you as well!

Lorraine - posted on 04/08/2009




Maybe try wrapping him in a small towel while putting him in the bath? Otherwise just top and tail him and only give him a full bath once or twice a week.

Shannon - posted on 04/07/2009




My daughter was the same way, she would SCREAM the whole time you had her in the tub. One thing that I found worked great was putting the baby bath on the bathroom counter (if you have enough space) and she very much enjoyed watching herself in the tub! The other thing that seemed to help was putting in more water... enough that they can "float" rather than sit in the tub. My daughter is now almost 18 months and you can NOT keep this little lady out of the tub, you can't even say the word until you are ready to put her in! She LOVES the water so much now, you would never know she used to scream like someone was hurting her from it before. I hope you find something that works for you guys, and don't worry, if you can't figure it out... he will outgrow it... he most likely won't be 5 years old and still freaking out from a tubby! (unless that tubby inter fears with play time that is! lol)

Cathy - posted on 04/05/2009




Maybe it's the time of day?  if he's too tired or hungry? 

Maybe dim the lights, soft music, or maybe just a spongebath rather than immersing him. 

Good luck !!

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