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At what age do you leave your children in the tub alone?

Not to wash themselves, but like to play and stuff.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 3:56 PM on Jun. 8, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • My DD is 4.5 and I still don't. It only takes a few seconds for them to swollow water and drown
    leslie_zoe2010

    Answer by leslie_zoe2010 at 4:07 PM on Jun. 8, 2010

  • I let my 2 1/2 year old play in the tub.. I drain most of the water out and let him play.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:07 PM on Jun. 8, 2010

  • I asked my pediatrician this question. She said not to under any circumstances before they are 8 years old. Then they can begin learning to bathe themselves. She said she has seen kids who were 4-6 come in almost dead when she worked as an ER doctor because their parents thought it was ok for them to play for a few minutes while they cooked dinner or answer a call. Things happen. Don't take that chance.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:10 PM on Jun. 8, 2010

  • 2 1/2 is WAY TOO YOUNG! A child can drown in less than an inch of water! If the child stands and slips & hits thier head they can drown in a very small amount of water very easily. It's unbelievable what I read on CM sometimes!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:12 PM on Jun. 8, 2010

  • I've been letting my DD play alone in the tub since age 2.5. She is almost 4 now. I am right outside the bathroom in our loft, hearing everything and checking often. The girl will stay in the tub for over an hour playing. I wash her up myself still.

    KairisMama

    Answer by KairisMama at 4:42 PM on Jun. 8, 2010

  • It is not worth taking the chance of your child dying because you want to multi-task or utilize the time better. I'd rather sit on the bathroom floor and play with her...
    leslie_zoe2010

    Answer by leslie_zoe2010 at 4:50 PM on Jun. 8, 2010

  • My DD is 6 and she showers, and i'm still in the room with her because she could slip and fall.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:53 PM on Jun. 8, 2010

  • My child fell in the tub last week. Since I CAN HEAR her, despite not being right next to the tub, she was fine. I was in the bathroom in 2 seconds. Yeah, had I ignored her, and not payed attention to the sounds coming from the bathroom, she could have drown. Since I LISTEN it didn't happen. :) :)

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:04 PM on Jun. 8, 2010

  • 3.5-4 but they take showers not baths. Playing isn't something they do in the bath.
    matthewscandi

    Answer by matthewscandi at 6:32 PM on Jun. 8, 2010

  • My daughter is 2.5 and I let her play in the tub with little water and toys. I live in a 2 bedrm apt so Im normally right outside the door on in the bathroom cleaning, or at the laundry room which is next to the bathroom. I keep my eyes on her and Im constantly listening for whats going on. She knows if she stands up, she has to get out. No exceptions.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:59 PM on Jun. 8, 2010

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