Son freaking out over shower?

Heather - posted on 06/21/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )




I have a detachable shower head that I use to rinse my 2 year old son's hair when I bathe him and he freaks out every time. When I use the cup it takes forever to rinse since his hair is SUPER thick and absorbent (his daddy is italian and I'm european) so we decided to try it that way.

I'm curious to see if anyone else has seen this in their kiddo too. In a weird way it's kind of funny to see him fuss over water droplets since it's gotta be the silliest thing to cry over, but he will eventually need to transition from baths. Does this go away on its own or is there a certain way to deal with this so he doesn't always see it as some near death experience to have water on his head? LOL. I know it sounds insensitive but if you saw your kid crying over getting his hair washed with the showerhead and not a cup you'd laugh too and you know it. :)

And YES, it's ONLY when it's the shower! Just long enough to rinse it and the water is always checked before I rinse him off. It's the only way I can get all the soap off since he won't sit still longer than 30 seconds and I can only rinse off so much as a mommy the speed Nobody has used the shower against him in horrible ways either, we don't force him to use a shower instead of bath, etc. He just REALLY doesn't like the water droplets or something...idk.

PS. He uses baby shampoo still and I use my hand to shield his eyes so it's not that. His face is still dry.


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Bethany - posted on 06/22/2012




i got thomas some of those anti slip sucker things in the shape of elmo and thomas and stick them on the wall of the shower and i then give him the removable shower head to "clean" or give them a "drink" close the door quickly or you will get soaked! he soon got used to it and now holds it over his own head no worries but he is a water baby and loves water in all forms :)

Amy - posted on 06/22/2012




My son is 6 and still has never taken a shower. He absolutely hates water in his face, I'm not going to push the issue if he wants to take a bath that's fine it doesn't bother me, it's not like there is a certain age where they have to be showering by. However I do use the detachable shower head to rinse his hair and his 2 year old sisters hair. She still freaks out, he tolerates I always have a towel handy to wipe whatever water is in their face away. Just keep doing what you're doing and don't push the whole shower thing when he''s ready you'll know.

Elfrieda - posted on 06/21/2012




My 2 year old hates the shower, too. I think it's something about water droplets getting in his eyes, or maybe the streams of water irritate his skin... I don't know, but you're right, it's both funny and annoying.

The only time he encounters the shower is if we're in a hurry or he's really dirty or he refuses a bath, and my husband or I go in with him. I find that if he's clinging to me he feels a bit safer, and I've had some success with just being silly in there. By some success, I mean he alternates between whining to get out and laughing, instead of screaming in terror like he used to. So he still doesn't like it, but it's not as bad as it was.

I do the "ready set go!" and spin him through the stream of water, I stick my tongue out into the water and then fake cough as if it went up my nose and then he copies me, I say "now the water will tickle your toes!" and stick his feet, knees, hair, etc under the water as I name them. Or I say, "wash Mama's arm, wash Thomas's arm" and take turns to wash us both. And sometimes I just say, "We'll do it fast" and just scrub him down quickly while reassuring him that it will be over soon. He normally needs a cuddle in the towel once he's out to fully recover his composure.

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