As absurd as it may seem to you, a baby’s fear of bathing is quite real. Confronting him with the source of his fear won’t help him get over it, let’s just say it up front.
What you need to do; Slowly, patiently, and understandingly reverse your little one’s feelings about the bath, make the bath more familiar to go to the tub, and make the water a warm friend. So what can you do?
1. Don’t force it, let it be ready!
Don’t push your little one until she completely wants to take a bath in the tub. Until then, keep bathing in the tub. If it’s bothering you too, or if it doesn’t fit anymore, continue with sponge baths instead.
2. Wait for the time he starts to sit down!
If the baby can sit up unassisted or with very little support, you will both be comfortable during the bathing. Going under water for a moment during a bath can be terrifying for little ones. In the long run, this can cause the child to have a fear of the bathroom. A wet baby is a slippery baby, remember. So wait until it’s a little duck that can sit.
Of course, there are other things you can do besides constantly trying to hold your baby with one hand throughout the bath. Bath seats with rubber suction cups attached tightly to the bottom of the tub save lives in this regard.
3. Make her spend time in the tub!
Put your little one in the tub with his toys before filling the water so he gets used to the environment and thinks he can have fun in this area. Lay a large towel underneath to prevent it from slipping. If the room is warm and your baby likes to play naked, let him be naked. Don’t leave her side.Put your little one in the tub with his toys before filling the water so he gets used to the environment and thinks he can have fun in this area. Lay a large towel underneath to prevent it from slipping. If the room is warm and your baby likes to play naked, let him be naked. Don’t leave her side.
4. Explain with examples!
Give your little lamb a sample wash by explaining each step of the bathing process on a doll or soft animal. When baby is old enough, let him help with the bath or bathe in a small tub where he sits in the tub.
5. Don’t let those eyes burn!
The most important factor that triggers your little baby’s fear of bathing is that shampoos burn her eyes and hurt her! As such, it is quite normal for your baby to feel restless during bathing hours. At times like these, it would be nice to have a shampoo that doesn’t sting your baby’s eyes, so he can watch what’s going on during the bath with sparkling eyes and have fun, right?
6. Don’t take a bath after a meal!
Washing your little one right after a meal may cause them to vomit or vomit. Of course, this is not something that your baby will like very much! So no swimming after dinner!
7. Make sure he doesn’t get cold!
Make sure the bathroom is hot enough, little ones don’t like to get cold. If your baby associates the cold with the bath, he may not want to bathe. Don’t take off your clothes until the tub is full and you’re ready to put your baby in it.
Have a soft, large towel, preferably with a hood, that you can wrap your baby in as soon as they are out of the water. In cold weather, you can warm the towel on a radiator.
Also, the temperature of the water is very important. Check the water with your elbow or wrist before putting your baby in it to make sure the water is at the right temperature. The water should be warm enough for your little one to move around comfortably.
Have a towel, soap washcloth, soap, shampoo, bath toys and anything your baby needs ready for her bath before you put her in the tub. If you forget something and have to go to get it, wrap your baby in a towel and take him with you.
Remove anything potentially dangerous, such as soap and razors, out of the tub before bathing.
9. Let the water squirt left and right!
Many babies enjoy playing with water in the bathroom. The more your baby wets you, the happier he will be. Although he enjoys squirting water, don’t do the same to him. Many babies get cold from the bath because water is thrown at them.
10. Try taking a bath together!
Some babies are more tolerant if there is someone accompanying them. Try taking a bath together with your baby at a temperature you set for her comfort. After you get used to taking a bath together, you can switch to the trial phase alone.
11. Always be with you!
From the moment the baby starts to take a bath, he must be under your supervision for 5 years. Don’t leave him alone in the bathroom for even a second. Accidents can cause irreparable fears.
12. Be patient!
He’s going to end up in that tub eventually, you know. You can be sure that everything will go faster if you let him do it at his own pace, without pressure.