DD has never seemed to enjoy bathing as much as other babies seem to do, though she’d usually calm down once she was in the tub, and I even remember her splashing about happily in a hotel pool back in February.
For about 6 months or so now, however, she’s had a positive water phobia going, screaming the house down, lifting her feet almost to her ears on being lowered into the tub, trying to climb the tub walls, developing surprising strength in her panic. We’ve tried the big tub, the little tub, the pool, the shower, warm water, cool water, showing her how much DS enjoys the water, showing her how much other kids enjoy the water, nothing helps. We just make sue to wipe her face and hands these days and keep her bottom clean, but otherwise we leave her dirty and just steel ourselves to a splashdown every four weeks or so.
Anyone have experience with this? What helped? When did your baby outgrow this?
Edited by Tigerle - 1/17/12 at 12:52am