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Offline lilybug25

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Refusing baths, only wants showers
« on: April 26, 2011, 03:31:08 am »
My 16 month old daughter will not get in the tub anymore, yesterday was a horrible screaming 5 minute nightmare that I didn't want to repeat so I run the shower and got in the shower with her. She loved it, this is about her 5th shower. Now the back history: my daughter always came into the bathroom when I took a shower she would stand at the far side and just talk to me and get her hands wet. About a week ago she actually climbed in the shower fully clothed :o. I undressed her and brought her in with me and she loved it even leaning her head back and letting the warm water run through her hair. for 3 days she took showers with me during the day and her usual bath at night. Saturady night I didn't have hot water so she didn't have a bath which she didn't even mind ( which is weird for her). Yesterday I didn't take a shower so she didn't get one and last night was a fight even to get her into the bathroom. Now tonight she refused to even go in the bathroom so I gave up and asked her if she wanted to take a shower. She was in the bathroom in seconds pulling her clothes off!! Now I really don't mind taking a shower with her, she doesn't move around, has no fear of the water coming down on her face and it takes 5 minutes and shes done. Plus after she is washed she puts her head on my shoulder and just lets the water run down her back, it's very relaxing, loving for both of us. Now I know this cannot go on forever, someday sooner rather then later I am going to be as big as a house and showering with her will be hard and dangerous.
 Is this just a fase as the shower is so new? What can I do to get her back in the tub? Oh I should say as I just got over a infection and since it can come back my doctor doesn't advise me to bath with LO anymore till this pregnancy is over so getting in the tub with her is not going to happen ( which use to happen ALOT before my doctor told me I couldn't). Should I just keep giving her showers and hope she grows out of it? As you can tell I'm really confused as what to do and really don't want to turn this into some weird AP to get Lo to wash ::)
   
 


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Re: Refusing baths, only wants showers
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2011, 23:15:03 pm »
I don't think taking a shower is a bad thing, nor do I think it will be an AP to get her to wash.  Roll with it... offer the bath occasionally too, she may go back to it at some point.


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Re: Refusing baths, only wants showers
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2011, 23:18:04 pm »
Nick took his first shower at 10 mos, and he refused baths for about a month- so we just went with it! I just stayed with him with one hand on him as he was so little (yet a stable walker by then...), and then one day he just wanted a bath again!!
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Re: Refusing baths, only wants showers
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2011, 09:57:59 am »
I'd just run with it, and if you can, slowly encourage her to shower alone with you holding her with one hand if you can. (Is this as shower over the bath, or a shower cubicle?) Ok she's not even two and still probably slightly unstable but why don't you encourage showering her instead and forget about baths? It will save your back as you grow and give her good independence skills. (Obv you're not going to leave the room!) When LO is born she will more than likely want to get in the bath then anyway!
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Re: Refusing baths, only wants showers
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2011, 19:13:21 pm »
I have her sitting in the tub well I use the shower head( detachable shower head). I hold her hand to wash her (she stands on a non slip shower matt) then she sits back down. She will get into the bath if her father is home during wash time. So I'll keep going like this till she wants to get back in the tub or I have the only 2 yr old who showers daily. When my neice was visiting( she is 2.5 yrs old) she had never had a shower but quickly got into having them with my daughter and now asks her mother for one at least once a week hehe.
 


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Re: Refusing baths, only wants showers
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2011, 19:59:33 pm »
I occasionally showered with my 2.5 year old DD while pregnant all the way to the end...big as a house and everything!