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?
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 used to be fun|
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.