Posted in Bathing, Behavior

Bath time question


This is going to sound weird, but our 1 yo baby has recently been trying to drink her bath water. She drinks a lot of water during the day (easily 3-5 sippy cups worth plus milk). We’ve offered her the sippy in the tub when she first started doing it, but she doesn’t want to drink. Then she goes back to lifting the water pourer (you know, like to pour over her head) up like a cup, or even leaning over to drink straight out of the water she is sitting in. It’s so weird! Is this normal? How do I get her to stop—I’m totally baffled!

  • Jennifer
    Jun 16, 2019

    My almost 2 year old was doing this too, even in the pool! He hasn’t been doing it lately, so maybe it’s just a phase?

  • Alexandria
    Jun 16, 2019

    Our four month old has been doing this practically since we gave him his first bath. He sits in his little hammock insert of his tub and shimmies himself down so he can either attempt to put his face in the water or lick his shoulder. We would swear his sole purpose for learning motor controls is to more easily drink bath water.

  • Jenn
    Jun 17, 2019

    My 1 yo does this all the time. She likes to suck it out of the wash cloth. I'm hoping it will stop when she is older

  • Holly Garnett-Pedreira
    Jun 17, 2019

    This is totally normal! I feel like most kids do this.. She is just curious, I'm sure it'll pass. Maybe stop giving her the water pourer if it is bothering you?

  • K
    Jun 18, 2019

    It will stop in time. It is gross to watch😣. I just keep telling my girls not to do it, sometimes they listen.

  • Beth
    Jul 16, 2019

    My almost 2 year old just started this. It happens 🤷‍♀️ I just tell him yucky tastes like bubbles and he makes a face

  • HR
    Aug 01, 2019

    It’s pretty normal. My kid’s two and has been doing this since he was figured out he could get water in his mouth. I’m the eldest child & vividly remember my younger siblings doing this, & kids I’ve watched over have done this too. Eventually, they stop. In the meantime the best option is to noncommittally remark, “Hey, that’s icky.” I think it’s a way they try to figure out the world, just using their senses to do so (including, unfortunately, taste).