(My 7 1/2-month-old daughter is not technically a toddler though she is standing/cruising, but I'm posting this here as I'm hoping most of you have already solved this problem!)
Lately my daughter jumps up and down and squirms and kicks and tries to stand and pulls herself up on the edge of the tub so much that giving her a bath terrifies me and leaves me in tears. She has ALMOST slipped under the water or hit her head numerous times, and I'm lucky if I can get her barely clean, never mind wash her hair (which is really important, since she has terrible eczema and cradle cap and needs a special shampoo that is the only thing that keeps it at bay). She is extremely strong and quite a big girl--over 20 lbs.
She sits just fine without any support or help (and has been doing so for a long time now) but although she frequently pulls to standing on her own, cruises around the living room furniture and can stand unsupported she is very wobbly and often falls... which is fine when playing on her soft quilts and rugs where Mommy and Daddy are there to catch her, but very dangerous in the big hard tub.
We use to bathe her inside a plastic baby bathtub placed in the big tub. She outgrew it a month or so ago (and was always trying to stand in it, eek!), and I was bathing her by holding her in place with one arm and using the other to wash her and wash her hair. But now she squirms and jumps and moves all over the place so much I am just terrified. I've been tempted to just give her sponge baths but I really need to wash her hair!
I started to look at baby bath seats and rings but have read in numerous places that they are extremely dangerous and have resulted in many baby deaths--Consumer Reports says to avoid them completely.
I tried having my husband help me by holding her while I washed her hair but there really isn't room for both of us to reach her near our tub in our tiny bathroom.
I also thought about trying to take a bath with her in the tub with me, but I'm worried that if I'm all wet and we're both slippery it'll be difficult to keep her from jumping or climbing out of the tub and hitting her head...
I know this sounds ridiculous--I'm being defeated by a 7-month-old!--but I'm really freaking out here. Any help or advice would be great!