bath problems with my 2 year old son

Emma - posted on 07/18/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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hi i hope some one can help as my 2 year old son will not go in the bath or shower he just screams and fights me and i am not sure how this can be solved he just tells me the water is hot before he goes in the bath i am pulling my hair out i cuddle him and tell him that its ok every time but its just the same old story i am not sure how else i can solve bath time with him he has toys at bath time but he throws the same tantrum hope some one can help

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my 2 year old has the same problem. it really isn't the water temp that is the problem it is that the water gets in her eyes, nose, or ears. We let her get in the tub 1st and turn the water on trickle, then increase slowly. She gets used to the water being in the tub. Then we VERY SLOWLY taught her that if she tips her head back we won't get anything in her eyes, nose, or ears. Now she has started to love baths, but we are always VERY careful about where the water gets on her. We let her wash herself and we just do her hair and face.
Not sure if this helps and yes it tooks us about a week or so of working on this before it really started to work.

good luck and god bless

PHYLLIS - posted on 08/03/2010

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I use to hop into the bath with my little lad and make a game out of it, before that I actually use to wash him sitting up in the sink in the kitchen. Sometimes the size of the bath can frighten them.

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Why don't you get into the bat with him. Maybe if he sees you in it, he won't be so scared. i love having a baby with my daughter. We had a 2 hours bath the other day. She also comes into nearly every shower i have. I had a shower the other day when my husband was at the park with her. SOO good, i haven't had that in a long time.

Emma - posted on 07/27/2010

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hi all i have tried all of your sugestions and i have resorted back to bathing him in the living room in his old baby bath sound daft but it works

Erin - posted on 07/20/2010

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I would run the bath with him watching, then take a tupperware dish fill it up with the bath water, and have him splash it a little with his hand to show him it's not to hot.
Sometimes what we would feel comfortable isn't for them when you test the water with your hand remember it is always much more intense on the whole body. I always do a little warmer than luke warm and use a bath thermometer just to be extra careful, mine is also a duck bath toy. And remember to also check the thermometer while it's still in the bath once it hits air it changes.

Deborah - posted on 07/18/2010

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My daughter went through a phase of something similar, although once in the bath she was fine. I'm not sure if it comes from warning of hot water (from the kettle, in tea etc) that might make them think all water is bad, sarahs idea might work I hadn't thought of it.



I use a bath termometer for lauras bath so I know i didn't make it too hot (by requirements) but as it only has cold, ok, and hot ratings its possible I made it on the hotter side of ok which she personally didn't like. So when I went to put her in the bath and she said it was too hot (before she'd even touched the water) I put some cold in and said there I cooled it down, its not hot now. For a few baths after I had to do this, but once she was in the water she was fine and I would have more trouble getting her out than I had getting her in!



Maybe because he's 2 (as Laura was at the time) its a power/control thing

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Is he to big for the sink? Could you start with washing hair in the sink and then finish in the kitchen sink to show him that water has all kinds of tempts.

Could you start early in the day w/ collecting the temp of water in different locations. Make a game out of it. Check the fridge, sink, bathroom sink, outside hose, water cooler, anywhere else that has water he can touch (safely)

I agree that somewhere along the way he has gotten in water that is to hot for "him" I know that my daughter HATES when daddy runs the bath water. is there someone else that could run the water to show him that the bath water isnt all bad?

Hugs!

Deborah - posted on 07/18/2010

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maybe you put him in the bath sometime when the water was a bit hot without realising.

Assure him that you've tested it and that its not hot, even add some cold to cool it down a bit while he watches.

If the worst comes to the worst you could give him a bath as cool as you can get it without it being cold, a quick short bath to get him used to it. Something is obviously frightening him and it seems to be the temperature of the water..

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