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    Default 2yo extreme hate of baths

    My 2yo DS absolutely hates baths. It slowly got worse where he wouldn't like to do it but eventually was okay once he was in for a few mins. It's now at the stage where he has a complete freak out if I even run the bath. If I even accidentally got his hair a little bit wet I would swear my neighbours would think I was torturing him. It's become so bad I just can't bring myself to do it as I feel it's so traumatising to him... I've been sponge bathing him for a little bit now.

    I tried new bath toys, bubble baths, getting in there before him/at the same time as him as has DF.

    Open to any suggestions here.

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    Is he the same with showers?

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    Could you try bathing by yourself when he's around, and making it seem like a really fun, enjoyable, relaxing experience. Don't put pressure on him to get in or anything, then see if he naturally starts to show interest over time? Seems like you've already tried everything to entice him in, so maybe just step back for a bit and allow him to see that baths are safe, fun and feel good through your own behaviour.

    Or do you have any friends or family with kids that your son could stay with during bath time and see how much they enjoy it?

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    My DS was about 18 months and got a sudden fear of the bath - came out of nowhere as far as I could tell. Even trying the laundry sink she'd show pure terror in her face. We didn't bathe her for a month (strangely she'd happily shower after swimming.....it was summer so I went every second day), then one day she got in the bath with her cousin at my sisters and that was it!

    So no advice other than don't pressure it...as frustrating as it is xx

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    Dd1 screams about the bath every time lately. Thankfully we convinced her to have showers so we just do that. Not worth the battle, especially when she is petrified of the bath.

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    Can you sit in there too? I did this with my DD for a few days and then gradually got out and she was fine in a few days

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    He won't come into showers either although I haven't tried as hard as I have with baths.

    Last night I had a bath and showed him how awesome it was, he came over and stuck his hands in playing with the bubbles but when I asked him if he would like to sit with mummy he said no and ran off.

    I could ask my cousin sometime if he could watch/join her 18mo DD in the bath and see if that helps.

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    My DS1 was like this at 2 years. He was okay in the shower though. So I did that until DS2 came along then he wanted to bath with him. He's been fine ever since (so the bath thing only lasted about 6 months).

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    Default He'll be fine

    Hi there, i know EXACTLY how you feel, my DD did the same thing and i tried everything i could think of. It went on for a month or so, it was very distressing for her and us. I tried everyone's advice and nothing seemed to work and i was getting worried. I gave up for a couple of weeks and sponged her next to the bath that i filled up as usual. I had tried getting into the bath with her previously and it hadn't worked, but i tried it again after the 2 weeks of sponging, and what do you know! It worked all of a sudden. I had to get in with her for about 3 nights and then she was back to her old water baby self. I discovered that it was a fear of the bath plug noise that had spooked her so even now a year on i always empty the bath once she's gone with the door closed and we're all happy. Good luck.


 

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