My son is afraid of the water!!!! Help!!
My son just turned a year old. I have never been able to give him a decent bath because he is scared to death of the water and has been since he was born! I usually just give him a spong bath during the week and then a real bath on saturday or sunday. He cried during the sponge bath and screams bloody murder when he gets a real bath. I do not have water running during the baths so it is not the noise. Also the water is not too hot. I sing him songs and put toys in the tub with him. He grabs my arm so tight that he sometimes leaves marks. Please help. I cannot hardly hold him in the tub anymore and it will get worse as he gets bigger. I need to fix this now! Any ideas?>
at 11:32 AM on Jun. 2, 2011
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uggh i have noooo idea- my 5 yr old is still upset when water goes over her face.flips out. and and my son hates to be splashed or have water in his face...
so i have no idea.
in our house we just wash em' if they start to cry we try to calm them down but if they dont want to then so be it. its just water. there fine in the pool but baths are like torture.
at 11:44 AM on Jun. 2, 2011
Wow, makes you wonder if there really are past lives ....
Other than that, just keep trying to acclimate him to bathing.
at 11:43 AM on Jun. 2, 2011
Have you tried getting in the tub with him? My now 10 month old was terrified and that's how I helped her get used to it - we just took baths together for a while until she got over it.
at 11:35 AM on Jun. 2, 2011
my DD did this at 1yo so i started giving her showers or baths in the sink in front of the mirror. she got over it in a few months, i think it was more of a power struggle than anything
at 11:47 AM on Jun. 2, 2011
My daughter loves being in the tub maybe you should try that and put his fav toys inside to play with and maybe he will like it then and wont freak out but my daughter does that when its time to wash her hair but shes getting better now because I sing to her while i do it
at 8:49 PM on Jun. 2, 2011
My DD is 15 mos and I still use the baby tub, fill it out with some bubble soap and toys in it. She sits and play while I scrub her and then rinse her.
at 8:34 AM on Jun. 4, 2011