Posted in Bathing, Toddlers

Sudden fear of the bath

My daughter used to love taking baths. She’d splash around and play with toys and often wouldn’t want to get out. It seemed like immediately after she turned one she started to hate them. She refuses to sit down and keeps grabbing at me to pull her out. No toy works, I change the temp in case that’s the reason and no temp works. The struggle is so bad that my ceiling below the tub is getting water damage because i have to splash so high to rinse her hair off. Has anyone else had this problem? And what did you do to fix it?

  • Raji
    May 09

    Is it the whole bath or just when you put water on her face and head? My daughter went through this for a few weeks too; we just gave her a quick bath for a while. Especially, avoiding too much water on face and if u don’t have to wash her hair everyday maybe do every other day.

  • Nana
    May 09

    Get in the tub with her. Make it fun and loving experience.

  • Emily
    May 09

    My daughter is almost 3 and she developed her fear of the bath very suddenly right after she turned 1. Nothing I have tried has helped her. Bath time is miserable and is the most dreaded part of our day. Please let me know if you find something that helps!

  • Joanna
    May 09

    My 1 yo went through the same phase. He would only get in the bath if his older brother would too. So maybe join her?

  • Tiana
    May 10

    Have you tried other ways of washing her? Eg: paddling pool play, shower, letting her hold the shower head and washing shaving foam off the walls within the bath tub enclosure? Getting in with her. Getting toys specific to bath time, getting a baby doll that “needs a bath” and letting her get in the tub to help baby. I’ve also had success with silicone hand mits when washing my child’s body and hair. He seems to tolerate something wet in his hair if it’s a pleasant sensation. I can really scratch and exfoliate his scalp, once in a blue moon when hair washing becomes inevitable. https://www.buybuybaby.com/store/product/fridababy-reg-dermafrida-silicone-bath-mitt/XXX-XXXX?keyword=fridababy-brush

  • Anonymous
    May 11

    Definitely happened here! My son had gone though that a couple times! We do bath every night as part of our bedtime routine so I continued it every day until he was back on bored. Maybe try new toys? Try Different temp (dramatically cooler or dramatically warmer)? Try turning on the shower? Singing a bath song? Playing music on your phone? I find consistency is more important than giving up on something frustrating for kids. Keep in mind all little quirks like this tend to only last a few weeks to a month. We went through a few weeks of him FIGHTTTTTTING getting into the car, a few weeks of fighting the bath, then fighting his high chair. Don’t know if it’s a real fear or just a fight for power? I’m not an expert but some things I don’t give him a choice- you do as you’re told for some things..