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How To Solve Bath-Time Fears: Our Moms Give Their Advice

MOMS’ ADVICE:

Bath-time can be either lots of fun, or lots of stress! Some children adore bathtime and see it as an opportunity to play with cool toys and splash around, while others just can’t stand it or are even afraid of the bath.

Why is my child afraid of the bath?

It’s not unusual for children to develop a fear of bath-time. You might wonder how, all of a sudden, your little one went from loving playing in the water, to screaming the house down at the mention of the word ‘bath’, or at the sight of the tub!

There’s actually a pretty straight forward reason for this sudden new fear – your little one is developing and becoming more aware of their environment and surroundings. Their new sense of awareness means that they are also able to feel fear.

They could be afraid of the water going down the drain, of the bubbles in the water or even a suspicious-looking rubber ducky. Their fear may seem trivial to us adults, but to them, it’s a really big deal.

Can you help this mom?

One of our moms left a message on our Facebook page, telling us about her little boy who has suddenly developed an intense fear of bath-time: My little boy has started to hate the bath. When we go into the bathroom, he clings on to me for dear life. It's making bath-time unbearable for us all. I've tried washing him in the sink, reverting to using the baby bath, but nothing works. Does anyone have any ideas as to how to proceed please? We had some great feedback and advice from the eumom community, so we thought we would share it with you here and help other moms dealing with the same issue.

Top tips and comments from our moms

 
"The same thing happened with my little boy. They can get irrational fears at any age. It could be down to something simple, like he heard a loud bang that frightened him and he now associates that with bath-time. It lasted about four weeks here. The only way we conquered it was to have baths with him, but we didn’t push him if he wasn't up to it. Even though it’s irrational to us, it's a real fear."
 
 
"I had that with my son. He would scream the place down! It would actually scare me he screamed that loud. I used to wash him with a basin of soapy water and then hold him over the sink to wash his hair. I’d say it’s just a phase and will pass, as my wee fella is fine now and loves the bath."
 
 
"If you are using products in the water, he may not like them. Try him with a product-free bath, just water. Most children go through it. Make bathtime as fun as possible!" "How about making the bathroom more appealing to him? You could add stickers to the walls, use new toys and add music."
 
 
"I bought my nephew a bag of those coloured balls for a ball pit and it did the trick. He thought the water was alive! The coloured balls distracted him and he has been fine since."
 
 
"My four-year-old had the same fear when he was younger. I got him a toy that sticks to the wall and blows bubbles into the bath. He loved it and spent most of the time bursting the bubbles! He still loves it."
 
 
"I had the same issue with my little girl. After three months of torturous bathtime, we discovered she was scared of the bubbles!"
 
 
"My little lad was exactly the same. He was going absolutely crazy, so I bought a bath ring. It’s like a little seat with coloured knobs on the front. It’s the best thing I ever bought. Now he sits in the bath, in the seat, and he’s absolutely fine. Might be worth a go?"
 
 
"My son was the same for nearly a year. He wouldn’t sit in the bath. Now that he can talk, he says the bath is big and it scares him. He turned three recently, and finally bathing him is getting easier. I think it’s a stage that they go through, until they gain confidence and realise themselves that there is no reason to be afraid."
 

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Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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