My 16 month old has always absolutely LOVED her bath /shower in the evening, and overnight has decided that she is terrified of it. We think she got spooked by the bath plug noise one time, and now she's made her mind up that she's going to fight bath time tooth and nail. She becomes completely hysterical, inconsolable, thrashes around, climbs out, wriggles/twists/turns and carries on making it impossible to hold her in the bath. She gets so distressed that its a very difficult time for us all!
Its been almost 2 weeks of this now. We've tried giving her a break and sponging her next to the bath, getting in the bath with her, bubbles, toys, games/fun, swapping to showers (she's doing the same thing in the shower), We play next to the bath and not forced her to get in, to let her get used to the idea slowly but that hasn't worked...
We have a baby due in one week... we are keen to help her overcome this issue asap!!
Has anyone else had this problem? If so, how did you overcome it and how long did it take??? Has anyone found that just with persistence it has settled on its own?
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01-06-2012 19:26 #1Junior Member
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ADVICE NEEDED! My toddler is terrified for the bath/shower
01-06-2012 19:29 #2
My DS1 was terrified of the bath after a friend bathed him and took the plug out and it was noisy. He thought he was going to go down he drain. He was around 2.
The only saving grace was that he was fine with the shower. He eventually just got over it and now loves the bath. Not sure how to help if she hates both though.
01-06-2012 19:41 #3
What if you get in there with her?
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01-06-2012 20:04 #4
When my DD hated the bath we used the baby bath in the laundry with bubbles and toys in it. She liked the novelty and hopped straight in. In summer I bathed them in the clam shell outside but perhaps a tad too cold for that now.
01-06-2012 20:11 #5Member
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i use one of those foldable baths in the spa bath as it takes forever to fill up the bath. I was going to suggest bubbles as well. Blow some bubbles for a distraction..worth a try..
01-06-2012 20:11 #6
I would give her a shower. Over time put the plug in and let the water build up and it should help with her confidence of the bath again.
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01-06-2012 20:32 #7
Maybe put her in the baby bath in front of the tv as a special treat? Although she's probably too big my nephew (6 and big for his age) still folds up and hops in, he loves it, as does my niece. She hated baths too but was okay with the baby bath.
03-06-2012 22:00 #8Junior Member
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Relax, take your time and maybe avoid the bath for a while. You both have lots going at the moment ,maybe try after the new baby is born and just sponge for now. This is common and will pass.
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05-06-2012 03:10 #9
I think perhaps don't force the issue, keep up the sponge baths and let her see the family having a great time in the tub without her, and soon she'll want back in!
Now that I think about it, I had a phobia of the plug and going down the plug hole when I was about three. I'll ask my Mum how she got me past it, if she remembers! I think eventually the lure of the bath was greater than the fear...
Hope it resolves itself soon, good luck with the new bub!
05-06-2012 06:26 #10
jasper went through a bit of a phase of that around 2 years. so he only had a shower with me every couple of days (because he played hard, got filthy slept in our bed!!!)
but it only lasted a few months.
but now he needs a warning or two that shower time it's over or he cries. he's usually begging for a few more mins in the shower
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