Bath time fears

One of the hardest parts of motherhood (for me anyway) is the constant change. The baby sleeps through the night for a week. You think you have reached that milestone. You are done waking up in the middle of the night. You have reached REM for 5 consecutive days...BAM, you are awaken again by your child's screams for no apparent reason at 3AM. 

Recently, we are in the middle of one of those surprising set backs. Amelia has a new fear. One she has never expressed before.


The Bathtub!

It started a few weeks ago, out of the blue. Our daughter would start crying in fear at the mere mention of bath time. I would have to carry her in and literally take a bath with her hanging on me like a little monkey. She wouldn't even stand in the tub. 

I tried covering the water spout AND the drain to no avail. We ran through all her cartoons trying to figure out what it was. None of them had a any characters getting sucked in by the tub. We started skipping baths for our mental sanity, but I refuse to be the parent who bathes the kid once a week because "he/she doesn't like bath time."

What is most disconcerting is that Amelia has loved the water from the moment she took her first bath. Well, I should say her second one, since she screamed her head off during her first bath ever. But after that, she couldn't get enough of it.  Even this summer, to get her out of the swimming pool, I would bribe her with a bubble bath. What gives?

As we work through this new parenting curve ball, you could say we have taken extreme measures to get her clean. 

Take a look at what happened when Grandma turned the sprinkler on:




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  • Yikes! I feel for you my friend! There is always something, isn't it?

  • OMG! The sprinkler is brilliant! Not having a backyard, I never thought about it.

    Atia has experienced the same exact regression and as a result tortured us every time we give her a bath; it starts from the moment she hears the water running. You'd think she was the wicked witch in the "Wizard of Oz" who melted upon being doused with water.

    I honestly thought it was because of her heightened sensitivity due to chemo treatment. I'm shocked to learn that you guys are going through the same thing. Thanks for sharing. At least now I know that it's because Atia's two and nothing else.

  • My son has been doing the same thing for over a year now. We figured out that he hates getting water in his eyes and on his face. He still hates taking a bath, but now he holds a washcloth on his face,while getting his torturous bath.

  • We went through the same thing with Dylan a few months ago! Since Dylan looooves to paint, I had to pull all the stops - buying those fizzy bath tablets that turn the water different colors, bath crayons & markers, and these Sesame Street colored bath gels -to get him back in the bath again. He now once again loves taking baths...except I'm stuck having to buy the color fizzies and the gels! He really loves them, though, and bath time is no longer a hassle. Worth a shot to try it out!

  • We are making progress so hopefully this will fade just suddenly as it showed up. Khadine, we did buy a lot of stuff too but since we rent, I was afraid of the bathtub paints. Thanks for all the comments. This has been a pain!

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