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Building children’s confidence with water

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Bath times in our house are tricky, because our son doesn’t like it, I don’t know why he doesn’t I make it as relaxing as possible and he goes in okay, but soon as he goes in he wants to come out.

He doesn’t like getting his hair wet and really puts up a fight to get out of the bath when it comes to washing his hair.

Building a child’s confidence with water is an essential part of their growing and I am going to in the summer take him swimming again, as last time we did it really helped build his confidence.

One tip I would give is to get into the bath aswell. If you can get into the bath with them so they can see that you are seating down and it is okay, and usually children will follow by example, once they know it is okay.

Once I have finished washing my sons hair I say “All over” and then he is fine and I take him out of the bath.

Sometimes I will encourage him as much as possible to play in the bath with his boat and there was a point he would, but he has become weary of sitting in the bath again.

He will stand in the bath, so we have put in a bath mat to stop him from slipping, which isn’t a problem I just wish he would be a lot more confident.

It is always me he trusts to give him a bath, he doesn’t like it when my husband gives him a bath, which I again not sure why, as at one point they were really bonding through bath time. It was kind of their time together.

So it a working progress, but like everything else, doing it gradual and being persistent is the key to helping them to build their confidence. Not allowing them near water at all won’t help, as they need to see there is nothing to be scared about.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

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Scared about the bath

Yesterday giving my son a bath, he completely freaked out and was petrified. I think it was because when he had a stomach bug not long ago, and he had messed eveywhere the only way I could clear it was to hose him down. Not over his face or anything, just on his body and his legs.

I think it was the speed at which the water comes out, but yesterday all I ran was the tap and he went completely beserk, then my husband tells me off, whilst I am trying to calm him down which made the situation even worse, because of course we had a massive argument. This did not help.

So now I am frightened of giving him a bath, because usually he loves it. I don’t have it too hot, not with the hot weather, just a warmish bath, with some bath oil, and then I wipe him over with a sponge and then let him play for 5 minutes or so.

Yesterday was not like him at all, how can I get him to like them again?

I feel like I am on a loose end and don’t know how to reunite his love for a bath again.

I gave him a bath because he peed himself and I didn’t want him to be covered in wee, so thought I was doing the right thing, which turned out to be completely wrong.

How is your little one with a bath? Have they ever freaked out?

I would love to hear your story.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X