Refuses to bath or shower??

Ilse - posted on 11/13/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have a 20 mth old girl and recently she got sick and had fevers so i didnt force her to bath i just waited til her temp was gone then she just screamed and said no no! So im now at the point where i need some help! I have a 6yr old but she is at her daddy some of the time but baths with her sister when she is home. I have been having to get in with her or half be in so she can hold on to me. She was great before this and she does swimming lessons and was going great with that but now shes not as contfident at swimming either:( She has lots of bath toys etc and loved it before and i just dont have the time to get in the bath with her everytime its bath time and i still have to help my 6yr old wash her hair and its not as if i can wash myself in there too as she clings on to me and i cant move around, she wont sit down either. also rans away when i try to undress her and gets really upset:( any pointers???

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Jennifer - posted on 08/05/2016

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My daughter is almost 9 yrs old and every time she needs a shower, it is a big fight and drags on all evening.. She will do the anything to stall and will argue etc even though she actually stinks! She says she doesn't but I can smell body odor.. After she does get a shower I make sure and put deodorant on her.. I wouldn't have thought she was old enough to need deodorant, but she does!! We don't have a tub, only shower and I need some advice on getting her in there, and caring about hygiene!! HELP

Ilse - posted on 11/14/2009

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she really enjoyed bathing in the laundry tub but that was the first thing i tryed and have tried again and again:( i have also tryed to get out of the bath when only on a couple occasions that she has let go of me. Also it doesnt help that her new fav word is NO! She did it once before (refused to bath) at bout 16mths but it only lasted not even a week...im just hoping she gets over it soon

Krista - posted on 11/13/2009

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My son went through this at the same age. I had to bathe with him for a couple of weeks. What I did was I'd get him in the water and get him having fun and I'd get out halfway through. I had to do this about 3-4 times and he stopped freaking out. I also found that a bubble maker (you can find them at toys r us) made it REALLY fun for him and he forgot his fear of water.
Your daughter is at that age where things that didn't frighten her before, now do. She'll grow out of it.

Felishia - posted on 11/13/2009

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Try to make bathtime a game you might have a take a bath with her but if you are going to do that I would recommend giving her a shower and you taking a shower while holding her and laughing and singing and play with her. Try to giving your 6 year old a bath first and then her, maybe the water is to hot for her my little one likes it to be warm but not cold so luke warm I guess. Try bath paint that might work just make it play time in the bath and then she will start easing back into liking it again. Just give it some time!! Good Luck!

Kelly - posted on 11/13/2009

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My 20 month old is sometimes more comfortable in the kitchen sink....will she fit in your sink?? I use it if I need it done quickly & can't get in with her & I think she's more confident in there cause she can'ts lide around, etc. Now, she loves her baths (except for washing her hair) anyways, but it might be worth a shot to get your little one used to playing in the water again. Good luck!!

Ilse - posted on 11/13/2009

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hmmm not a bad idea but i dont want to be having to get in all the time and for it to become a habit:( She is more so willing when her sister is there to get in but it takes alot and i just have to pick her up and put her in after i catch her first! haha thank you:)

Sarah - posted on 11/13/2009

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my son used to do this.. infact he sometimes still does. i find if you make it lots of fun by laughing and splashing they want to know whats going on and why they aint involved. try bathing them separately until she is more confident again

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