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Teach a Toddler to Behave in the Bath

This guide is about teach a toddler to behave in the bath. Being in the tub can be lots of fun, but you want to take care of the business of the washing up and keeping the water in the bath.


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January 8, 20060 found this helpful

I'm a grandmother of a 18 month old boy. I just taught him how to lay down in the bath tub, on his back, and "swim". :) Big mistake! Now he won't sit up in the tub to be washed and he splashes all over the place. Even Mom has to change her clothes after bath time. I would apprerciate any suggestion anyone might have and yes, I've learned my lesson!

Thank you,
Donita from Loveland, CO


January 9, 20060 found this helpful

Maybe some new/different bath toys, plastic cups, etc.... would interest him to sit up & play with them, rather than want to lie down. Hope this helps.

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January 9, 20060 found this helpful

I feel your pain! :) My daughter, too, loves bathtime way too much and we often end up soaking wet as well! We started to just throw her in the shower with us and that works really well, she still gets "naked time" and to play in the water WITH mom or dad and knows when the water goes off it's time to get out. When she does take a bath now, I've put up a clear vinyl shower curtain and just shut it so she can splash all she want, within reason, and we don't get wet.


We also set a 10-15 minute timer and when it "bings" she knows bathtime is over! We've been doing this since September and it works pretty well for us ... she's almost 2 now so maybe getting older helps too! Good luck to you!


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January 10, 20060 found this helpful

My waterbaby is now 7 (and takes showers on his own :D ) but I do remember having this same problem. I think what I ended up doing was telling him he could have his playtime after we washed his hair and body. And then when we were finished, he got like 5-10 minutes of "swim" time.

I still ended up getting wet a lot, if I remember right, but I got more cooperation. Also I did keep lots of bath toys -- rubber ducks, those plastic fish and turtles you get in net bags at the dollar store, etc.


As he got older, I would tell him if he got water on the floor, bath time was over. He could splash all he wanted, but the water had to be reasonably confined to the tub! (we either lived in rentals or had bathrooms with carpeting) That helped a lot too.

Good luck! I know it's frustrating now, but I miss those days! :)

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January 10, 20060 found this helpful

I always give my daughter a popsicle in the tub. It is usually after dinner so it is her dessert. You could try that because he would have to sit up to eat it.

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