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A Question for the Parents Out There

At what age does bathtime stop being all screaming and squirming and start being all giggles and smiles?
I'm wet and I need a Johnsons moment.


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Dec. 21st, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
I'll let you know if we ever get a consistent result. At first Alex loved to be in the water and would just sit there. Then he got to a point where he wanted to be anywhere but in the baby tub. When we moved him to just the big tub he was happy for awhile with some toys. Now he's at a point where anywhere but the bath is where he wants to be. One night he's happy the next... bloddy murder. But I think a lot of it has to do with his mood at any given time.
Dec. 21st, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure; my memory is that it involved toy boats, and possibly the rudiments of a story line, which means you've got a ways to go yet.
Dec. 21st, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
My observations indicate to me that babies start being more like real persons around six months of age.

Well, at least it's an endpoint.
Dec. 21st, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
The squirming never stops. We adopted Meredith at 9.5 months and she liked bath time, as long as it wasn't in the big bathtub. The sink or an inflatable tub (sitting in the big tub) was ok. But, just as you think you know what you're doing, they change. At about two, Mere got seriously freaked out about washing her hair (bath's were fine). She would scream like someone was trying to murder her. Jim would hide in the basement with headphones and loud music so he wouldn't hear the screams. Nothing worked, so we just did it fast.

We also learned to give (baby) Mere, baths in the morning because it seemed to wake her up and she was ready to play.
Dec. 21st, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC)
Probably months, it's a scary thing for a tiny one. They don't understand anything out of the usual. Once they can start splashing and stuff, it will get fun.
Dec. 21st, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
IIRC, you have a good several months to go yet, possibly a year.
Dec. 21st, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
Is the bathroom warm enough? Is the bath water warm enough? Do you have everything ready before you get her undressed? Babies don't like being cold, but they don't mind being wet if they're warm enough. That said, you still want to get them in and out of the tub and dried and re-dressed quickly.

And don't worry about bathing the baby if she isn't dirty. Babies don't necessarily need to be bathed daily. Just keep her hands and face clean (and her feet once she starts putting them in her mouth.)
Dec. 21st, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)

Actually, there will be a point when it will be fun and games, and then (if Katie is like Aidan) there will be a point where the screaming and not wanting to go in will start again (although not so much of the squirming). Then, I'm sure, it evens out again. I'll let you know when that is...

BTW, I have bottles for you that I will drop off in some manner that you will receive them next week - and maybe a little something I picked up today for Katie. :-)
Dec. 21st, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
Bath time is scary because she doesn't understand what is happening. I agree don't bath her every day if she doesn't need it. In addition if your willing to try something different, try getting into a big tub with her. It will make the entire experience more reassuring if she can touch you.
Dec. 21st, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
(Twice, it's rejected my post.)

Not very soon, I'm afraid.

One of the things mariasmom did a while back was to take a shower with M. (We have a walk-in shower stall in the downstairs bathroom area.) That was when M was around 2. M soon grew to like showering so much she played in the stall after shower time was done.
Dec. 21st, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
Give it at least a year.
As I recall, Sharon was somewhere between her first and second birthdays when that happened.
Dec. 21st, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
Depends on the kid & the rig
Bathing Tammy in the sink next to the potted cactus was a MISTAKE. Water of exactly the right temperature (as close to body heat as possible, not hotter) helps. In one sense, getting worried by new stuff is the sign of active intelligence.

But normally babies don't need bathed that often, either. If she gets into a huge mess, or not more than 2x a week on principal.
Dec. 22nd, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
I think both of ours loved it from day 1. But the early baths weren't much more than sponge baths.
Dec. 22nd, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
Don't know.. Sabrina's 10 and still kicks and screams when we try to get her to take a bath.

Really, not long. When she can really sit up on her own and feels more in control of things, she'll relax and start enjoying them.
Dec. 22nd, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
Baths are infinitely more fun once she can take toys and/or books in with her (and enjoy playing with them.) I never really liked baths much myself until I could have things to play with.
Dec. 23rd, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
about the same time they discover water as a toy.
This age varies greatly.
But by the time mine were two, theyt had to be physically forced from the bath.

Shannon, at 3, requires the intervention of a UN security team, a squad of Navy SEALS, a crowbar, and the "mean" Daddy voice to get her out. At least, that's what it took LAST night.
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