How do you bathe a toddler who hates baths?

My son used to LOVE baths...he'd play in it forever...but all of a sudden, you even mention bath and he goes on "no" fits...just saying "no,no, no"...and then starts crying when i put him in there. he hasn't had a tramatic experience or anything, it kinda just started up. now in order for him to get bathed, i have to put him in the tub, wash him up real fast, rinse him, and then he's done. thankfully he doesn't put up a fight, but i was wondering if this is normal? he's 20 months.

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:31 AM on Nov. 26, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • start bathing every other night. it's a phase......
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:33 AM on Nov. 26, 2008

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  • I am going through this with my 14 month old grandson. What is helping him to overcome it is to have my son who is 10 to assist with the bath. He likes to have him entertain him and play with the toys with him. Its more of a funfilled experience. Also try a play time cd with nursery rymes and etc playing. I leave his CD playing from his room where he can hear it.
    VaDivaMom

    Answer by VaDivaMom at 1:37 AM on Nov. 26, 2008

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  • Yes, it's a phase. All of my kids went through this at some point. I think it's because bath time is fun for a while but then they realize there are other fun things to do and don't want to stop what they are doing to take ANOTHER bath. So, yeah, currently I am bathing my 2 year old each night while he howls...we just get it over with as fast as possible. My little guy LOVES to take showers so I let him do that sometimes and then when he's done goofing off, I wash him really quick and everyone is happy. Don't worry, it should pass.
    Raegy

    Answer by Raegy at 3:05 AM on Nov. 26, 2008

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  • When my son was almost 3 he went on a 7 week bathing strike. One day out of the blue he hated baths. Fortunately it was january, so he wasn't sweaty from the hot sun. I bathed him once a week, he screamed and cried, broke my heart, but he needed to be washed fully. and then one day out of the blue - he told me he loved baths and we went back to taking 30 minute baths.
    chuggerboysmom

    Answer by chuggerboysmom at 9:20 AM on Nov. 26, 2008

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  • My oldest went through a real short phase of screaming and pitching a fit when he realized we'd be giving him a bath. It was hard because I would sit in there with him, and I was 9 mo. pregnant at the time and I was afraid he'd hurt me from flailing, he's so strong.

    He hates water in his face so I just had to be more careful about that when washing his hair, made it a more positive experience for him so thankfully the phase didn't last long.

    2.5 - 3 yo. is the time for irrational fears I guess. First it was fans, then stairs, then baths, then...
    dovetailthreads

    Answer by dovetailthreads at 9:38 AM on Nov. 26, 2008

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  • when i my dughter does this I get into the bath with her it makes her feel more secure i guess. not everyone is the same, but in my house nudity is not a bad thing.
    NiekaC

    Answer by NiekaC at 12:27 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

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  • Yup. All three of mine did it. They loved baths, then hated them, then just as suddenly, started loving them again. Just a couple months ago my 2 yr old would start screaming and crying when she just heard the word bath. Now she wants to take 3 a day!

    When they were going through their "I hate baths" phase, I just gave them sponge baths everyday and then gave them a real bath about once a week to get their hair and everything really good and clean. They would scream the whole time of course, and I felt bad, but ya gotta do it. I just got it over with as quickly as possible.
    bkbecca

    Answer by bkbecca at 5:10 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

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  • it may be a tempature thing. I hated baths as a kid(still do) because the top part of me was always freezing. Even when I would make my mom fill the tub all the way to the top.

    You could try giving him a shower. He might like that better. My best friend gives her 15 month old showers(they moved to a place w/o a tub) and he loves it. My other friend's 1 and 2 year old also love showers but will also have no problem taking a bath. Every kid is differant. You'll just have to try differant things until you find what works for him. Good luck.
    ICPclwnLOV

    Answer by ICPclwnLOV at 11:50 AM on Nov. 27, 2008

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  • Answered at 10:50 AM on Nov. 27, 2008 by: ICPclwnLOV
    it may be a tempature thing. I hated baths as a kid(still do) because the top part of me was always freezing. Even when I would make my mom fill the tub all the way to the top.

    You could try giving him a shower. He might like that better. My best friend gives her 15 month old showers(they moved to a place w/o a tub) and he loves it. My other friend's 1 and 2 year old also love showers but will also have no problem taking a bath. Every kid is differant. You'll just have to try differant things until you find what works for him. Good luck.

    yeah, i've tried showers...he's not into those anymore either. lol. he used to love those too...looks like i'll just have to wait till he gets out of this phase...which i hope is what it is.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:08 PM on Nov. 27, 2008

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  • why take a bath when there are more interesting things to do like read or run around? I have a problem getting my son out of the bath. to get him out i have to drain the tub and wait untill he gets cold/bored and decides to get out himself. a new bath toy might help him.
    good luck!
    colorsofgrey

    Answer by colorsofgrey at 12:09 AM on Dec. 9, 2009

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