Is Your Child Scared Of The Bath?

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Your child used to love splashing around in the tub — now he screams like a banshee. What gives? A sudden fear of bath time is normal, experts say, especially around 12 to 18 months when the fear reflex is in full swing.

Now that your child is becoming more aware of risk factors, he may be worried about getting soap in his eyes, slipping and falling and many kids this age actually fear being swept down the drain!

Toddlers usually grow out of this phase but here’s how you can help him enjoy bath-time again.

Make it a ritual

As we all know, children like structure. Make bath-time part of a bigger nighttime or morning routine. After the bath, follow with a soothing massage, snuggle skin-to-skin, and read him a story. Even better, choose a book about bath time like the colorful and whimsical Tubby by Leslie Patricelli.

Foster a feeling of security

That little bathtub may not seem overwhelming to you, but to a small child, it can feel like he’s flailing around with no control over his environment. Consider a bath seat or bath ring, which can help keep a squirmy little one in place and feeling less floaty.

Get in there with him

There’s safety in numbers. Take the bath together or bring in an age-appropriate sibling.

Make bubbles

Babies love bubbles! California Baby’s line of bubble baths have special blends of organic fruits, vegetables and flowers to ease stress and calm your child. Plus, they each come with a bubble wand. Blowing bubbles in the bath can help amaze — and distract! — a fussy child.

tugboat bath toyBring on the fun

Buy new toys, sing songs, and play games. Make the experience as enjoyable as possible. This colorful tug boat, $12.99, is made of 100% recycled materials and is free of BPA, phthalates, and PVC.

Take your child out before you drain the tub

The noise of the water rushing down the drain can be very scary to some children. Get him dried off, warmed up, and safely in another room if you can before pulling the plug. One word of warning: be sure to drain the tub as quickly as you can—leaving water in a tub can present a safety hazard if you have other kids in the house!

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