How do you help a baby who hates bath time?

He gets one 3 times a week and always cries the entire time. He doesn't SCREAM anymore which I guess is a start but he still hates it! I try singing to him and talking to him and distracting him but it doesn't work. He's 3 months....will he ever like baths!?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:47 AM on Oct. 30, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • My daughter was the SAME way. She hated being wet. I would sometimes get in the bathtub with her, which seemed to sooth her because she felt safer. Now she is 4 months old and LOVES her baths. She has even started kicking and splashing in the water. Just give it time.
    Kristeebella

    Answer by Kristeebella at 1:52 AM on Oct. 30, 2008

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  • does he have toys? do you push him back in forth in the tub to help him enjoy it more (while on his back) Bubbles?
    dakotaNrye

    Answer by dakotaNrye at 1:52 AM on Oct. 30, 2008

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  • He has a rubber duckie that he doesn't notice lol. We use the infant tub so there's not really room for bubbles...but how do you mean push him back and forth?? He just lays in the little hammock-like thing that attatches to the infant tub for babies that can't sit up yet.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:56 AM on Oct. 30, 2008

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  • I would try an adult tub. only put in an inch of water. I really think it might help. :)
    dakotaNrye

    Answer by dakotaNrye at 2:00 AM on Oct. 30, 2008

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  • Okay, thanks! But then I have to get one of those sponge mats or something to lay him on right?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:01 AM on Oct. 30, 2008

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  • I didn't. :) The water was low enough that he could lay on his back and be fine! If he can hold up his head with out issues, he can go on his tummy too! My son did much better in the adult tubs. When he gets where he can sit up, you can get one of those bath chairs. (I never did, but my friends did)
    dakotaNrye

    Answer by dakotaNrye at 2:32 AM on Oct. 30, 2008

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  • My 5 month old daughter loves the adult bath! I also do an inch of warm water, duck and washcloths. She loves scooting around (tummy and back) and giggles when she splashes the water with her feet. I splash the water for her to imitate and sing my own versions of "Splish Splash" for more fun. When on her tummy she thinks it's funny when she tries to grab the duck and it floats away.
    PDXFamily

    Answer by PDXFamily at 2:44 AM on Oct. 30, 2008

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  • i never used the hammock thing in the infant tub i always just held her and i did sit her up and support her so she could learn to splash and play and i always added toys of some kind she loves bathes now as a matter of fact when i get a bath and she is in ther with me she tries to take her clothes off and climb in she thinks everyones bath time is her bath time too
    jodi205

    Answer by jodi205 at 7:48 AM on Oct. 30, 2008

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  • HAyden Hated the tempature of her water.it was to cold. it took me forever to figure out.She also hated the getting out process because it was cold.So a lil heater buy your side,put the towel on low in the dryer.the only difference is she was 9 months when she ahted baths lol. NOw that we got it down better I cant get her out.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:11 AM on Oct. 30, 2008

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  • Don't worry too much. I think most babies hate baths when they are that young. My son didn't start "enjoying" baths until he was about 5 months old. Up until then he would scream the whole time. One day he started smiling and it was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. lol I tried everything and nothing worked. I would like to say give it some more time and your LO might start to like bath time.
    BabyBreyen

    Answer by BabyBreyen at 9:09 AM on Oct. 30, 2008

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