Bath Time Trauma!

How did bath time turn into a bad time?

Why have bath times gone from being so much fun that Emma didn't want to get out of the bath to being a totally traumatic experience for all involved?

Bath time Trauma

In the early days we were a little nervous about bath times but they usually went quite smoothly; the mistake I used to make then was having bath time right before feeding time and having to hurriedly dry and dress a desperately hungry baby.

We don't have a bathtub in the bathroom, only a shower, so we use a baby bath on the bed (covered in towels), and that has always worked best for us.

As Emma got older, she started to show signs of actually enjoying the bath; splashing the water, playing with bath toys and even almost having a tantrum on being taken out of the bath - calmed by sitting her up to play with the water again from outside the bath.

Bath time Trauma
Bath time used to be fun 
Suddenly, something changed.  I don't know why, but since she was around ten months old, Emma has hated having a bath.  She starts to cry as soon as I put her in the bath, sometimes before, and no matter what I do to try to distract her, nothing works.  She doesn't care about toys or splashing or games or songs.

You would think I had put her in a bath of scorpions from the screams and the look of absolute terror on her face!  She tries to stand up and clamber out, and climbs up me, clinging on like a little monkey.

Bath time has become a very stressful time for me, too.

I can only speculate on the reasons for this sudden and violent aversion.  Maybe I was too thorough when rinsing her hair and she got too much water in her eyes or on her face.  Maybe baby shampoo does in fact sting her eyes, even though it's not supposed to.  Those are the only things I can think of that could have caused this trauma.

So, what do I do?  How long will this phase last?  How can I make bath times relaxing and fun again?  If you have any suggestions or have had a similar experience I would love you to share your comments.
Romanian Mum


  1. Ah, such a shame and so difficult for you. Have you tried to break the cycle somehow? Like bathing at a different time or in a different place to change it for her? Or would something like bath crayons appeal to her? perhaps getting her to choose a new bath toy or some such to get her excited about it? I really hope you hit on something that works soon, as it must be so stressful for both of you x

  2. Yes, I think I'll try all of these ideas, hopefully something will work! Thanks for your comment!

  3. That does sound difficult. Something that stresses our children makes us stressed too. A friend once told me that she had been advised to add pink food colouring to the bath water and say it is a princess bath, maybe you could try something like that. Shame you don't have a bath so you can go in with her.
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