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January 17th, 2013, 07:23 AM
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Ok...could use some advice. Arianna hates bath time. Just bringing her into the bathroom naked starts a crying fit. The poor thing screams and cries so loud you would think we were torturing her. Is it just her age? Could def use some suggestions that would make bath time more enjoyable.
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January 17th, 2013, 08:45 AM
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Sean has loved bathtime except for when he needed sponge baths.

Is the water the right temperature? I have a Summer Infant bath thermometer that has three ranges of temps. Sean likes it as hot as I can get it while still being a safe temp. Our Munchkin ducky thermometers say it's too hot at a temp that is actually too cold for Sean.

What kind of tub do you have her in? I put Sean's tub right in the kitchen sink so he's right at my level.
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January 17th, 2013, 08:52 AM
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Madisyn only hated her baths for about the first week since she's been home. Now she loves then, except after we are done sometimes before she dries off she starts screaming because she is cold. Maybe the water isn't the right temp? I also always make sure I have her towel right there next to her tub to so as soon as we are done I wrap her in the towel immediately. I also bath her in her tub in the sink, I think she likes being at my level.
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January 17th, 2013, 09:10 AM
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All three of my kids have loved bath time. We use this tub in the kitchen sink(they've all used the same one). Make sure the water is nice and warm. I also use two wash cloths, one to wash him up with, and one to lay over him to keep him warm. I also set everything up before I get him naked so that way I can put him in the warm water right away so he doesn't get cold.
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January 17th, 2013, 10:05 AM
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We run the shower so that the bathroom is nice and warm then we use warm water, as warm as is safe. As long as she stays warm everyone stays happy.
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January 17th, 2013, 10:34 AM
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Roger is fine all throughout the actual bath but then starts screaming the second you get him out and wrapped in the towel. Sorry I'm not help, I'm stumped too figuring out what it is about that part he doesn't like.
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January 17th, 2013, 10:44 AM
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make sure the water is warm like the others said. What I do to calm Noah is make sure the actual bathroom is nice and warm ( we use a space heater) and then I keep a warm wet rag on his tummy and he loves that.
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January 17th, 2013, 11:15 AM
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Just so you don't feel alone, I do all the things everyone has suggested, and Ellie still hates her bath. We've had two baths total where she hasn't screamed her head off the entire time. I'm beginning to suspect part of the problem is the tub itself. She just doesn't appear to be able to sit comfortably in it, but other than that, I'm as stumped as you are as to how to help her like bath time!
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January 17th, 2013, 12:09 PM
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Connor only likes bath time if he can hold on to someone I think the tub makes him feel like hes going to float away or something (is there anything that comforts him outside the tub he can hold/see/hear while in it to) Conor also likes music so if were haveing a rough day ill set some tunes an bob around for him to laugh at
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January 17th, 2013, 02:26 PM
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The water is definitely warm and I use the space heater to keep the room warm. We've done sponge baths, regular bath baths. I'm totally at a loss. I would just take her in the shower with me...but I like my water scalding hot...

In like the kitchen sink idea...I'm gonna give that a try.
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January 17th, 2013, 03:20 PM
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lily loves bath time i hold her in our bath tub, she laughs and starting to splash around, i talk to to her and try to make her as comfy as i can. sorry i'm not much of a help
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January 17th, 2013, 04:32 PM
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Some babies do just hate bathtime. My son always did. Emma did at first, but now she likes it until I take her out to dry her off because I think she gets cold when she gets out of the water.
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January 17th, 2013, 04:47 PM
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Some just don't like it. My first was the worst but Ainsley isn't a fan. She might be ok if I bathed with her, but I haven't tried. I just bathe her as quickly as I can, have the room warm and everything layed out to make the whole thing go as quick as I can.
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January 17th, 2013, 06:17 PM
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Get in the tub with her
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January 17th, 2013, 08:11 PM
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Well, you'll all probably think me mental... but this discussion got me looking into getting a different tub. Ours was given to us by my friend, so I never looked into even registering for one.

Well, lame brain me didn't know they had sling inserts for newborns! Went to Walmart tonight & got a new tub... and she LOVED it! We actually got to take bath time pictures tonight! She was probably thinking, "It's about stinkin' time, Mom!"
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January 17th, 2013, 08:38 PM
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I hate baby baths. They are a pain to keep dry and store. I'm also not a fan of sink baths, but I think that's because the boys don't like them. So I always get in the tub and let Nathaniel float around with me. I just hold him by the back of the head, and he loves it.
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January 18th, 2013, 12:54 AM
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I sing to her when I have to do things she finds unpleasent, it distracts her a bit. She likes her bath but it works well when I blow her nose.
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January 18th, 2013, 07:53 AM
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Calla always hated bath time too until we got a newborn sling for her to lay in. I also started letting her stand in the water first instead of just sitting her all the way in, which seemed to startle her. Now she sits upright and I lay a wash cloth over her belly to keep her warm during it.
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January 27th, 2013, 12:53 PM
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No time to read through the replies to see if this was mentioned, but the NICU nurses with DS1 taught us to swaddle him when bathing and only uncover what we were washing. They said it gives the babies a sense of security. DS1 and DS2 always were calm even with the blanket wet.
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January 27th, 2013, 06:36 PM
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We finally had a breakthrough. ..I put her in the sink with a towel under her. Worked great until it wastime to rinse her off and the sink wasn't big enough and I had to use the tub anyway.
I like the feet first idea. I think I will try the big tub again but put her in gradually.
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