My 3 year old is scared of BUBBLES!!

Temper - posted on 08/17/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




My 3 year old has been scared of bubbles ever since he turned about 2. Naturally this makes it very difficult to wash his hair and body. I don't know what it is about the bubbles, he doesn't like the way they feel when they run down his back and he's always trying to wash them off. Does anyone else have this problem?? By the way I use baby shampoo so it shouldn't sting or burn his eyes.


Jessica - posted on 08/17/2009




My daughter is 2 and went through a brief stage like this. Letting her pick out the kind of bubbles we use helped our situation. She feels like she has some control over the situation now which seemed to be the issue. We also let her blow bubbles in the tub which she now loves.

Good Luck! I'm sure he will grow out of it if nothing else.

Malinda - posted on 08/17/2009




I agree with Osnat, but in the mean time perhaps you can find a nice non-lathering soap for bath time. We tend to think that bubbles = clean but that really isn't the case. Lots of more natural (read: less commercial) products don't sud as much, but get your child just as clean. Look for a tea tree oil product or something gentle like that until your son is okay with bubbles again.

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Amanda - posted on 10/27/2011




I agree with getting him to play with bubbles outside of the bath.
You could try a soap free body wash. I use one for my daughter because she has sensitive skin and they don't foam up the way that other bubble bath or body washes do.
Have you thought about looking at a dry shampoo for his hair?? I think you can get it at the chemist

Nephtalie - posted on 10/27/2011




My baby girl was really good with it, bubble was fun until she turned 2.One afternoon, I put a tiny bit of body wash in the bath tub as usual and the minute the bubble appeared she jumped up. I couldn't understand until she pointed at it. I told her that they were bubbles and she said Mommy no bubbles.NOw, I am trying to teach her that she is the one that creates the bubble by putting some of the wash in her hands and add water to it. You are not alone. Keep trying different things until it works, that's what I am doing. Good luck.

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Well both of my boys went through it at certain stages of their lives. Eventually it goes away (nearly said blows over:) You can try playing with bubbles outside the bath whether it's the ready ones you buy, or even better use his shampoo to do that in a bucket of water. Turn it into playtime. Osnat

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