My sweet little girl runs to the tub and sings her bath time song, "Bath Time, Bath Time". She gets to the edge of the tub, smiles big at me and as soon as I turn the water on she tears up and runs away. I think she is playing a game with me so I follow her to my room, strip her down and try to get her in the tub with Z. At this point she starts screaming and crying, Z is now crying and her slippery little body is clawing at me to get her out of the tub. Afraid that one of us will be seriously hurt, I pull her out and try to calm her down. She then cowers in the corner of the bathroom, pees all over the floor and then slips in her pee and is covered in urine. I now HAVE to bathe her....I remove the crying Z from the tub and wrestle with my two year old as I try to bathe her as quickly as I can (singing softly the whole time). I take her trembling body out of the tub and look down at myself....I was soaked from head to toe and my back ached.
Scott confesses that he had turned on the shower for fun the last time they were in the tub and perhaps that is why she was afraid. I research bath phobias on the internet and most advise to not force the issue but rather come up with creative solutions.
I create a bath time carnival complete with bubbles, all the bath toys and her baby doll which she has never brought into the tub. More tears, screaming and Scott and I end up washing her hair in the sink and sponge bathing the rest of her.
I buy a new bath visor from Amazon and pray that it will be the solution to our bath time problems.
I invite Lil'C to bathe her doll while I bathe Z. She comes in for a bit and then runs away
Brainstorm possible bath time solutions with my friend Claire...kitchen sink? big blue bucket in the kitchen? me bathe with her??
After seeing how awesome the new bath visor worked on Z, she still refused to bathe. She then refused to bathe with mommy so we resorted to another sponge bath and hair wash in the sink :( Next time we will try for the blue bucket.
Anyone have any suggestions??? Z was afraid of the bath about about 10 months and a new toy did the trick. Not so sure that will work in this case. Z was also not as afraid as Lil'C is. Any advice would be most welcome!!
Welcome to Raising Z and Lil' C, a little blog all about raising my 6 year old son and my three year old baby girl. I am a former teacher and now a SAHM. I love to write about our journey towards a more simple life, our daily struggles, share cute stories and love to share good ideas when I find them. I hope you will join me on the ups and downs of this journey called motherhood.