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Mine did this. I can't remember exactly when the fear started, but I think it was right around 20 mo. He had loved the bath before and then suddenly, boom, he was not having it, no way.
I didn't push it. I just gave him showers instead. I would take him in the shower with me, in and out, super fast. He didn't love that either, but at least it was over fast. (I almost never wash with soap unless he is really dirty because of his skin issues. So it was usually just rinsing, literally.) It is pretty tricky, and a little dangerous, and I really should have invested in a mesh sling but thank god I never did drop him and it worked out fine. This went on for a long time, over 6 mo. I didn't mind, it saved me a lot of time.
Then suddenly about 2 months ago I decided I really wanted to give him a bath. He had rubbed about a gallon of sand into his hair and I just didn't see how we could deal with this without a bath. So I bought him some new bath toys and talked it up, very very excited, and I think we also watched some tv show where somebody was taking a bath. He was still pretty adamantly opposed, and I had to pick him up and put him in the bath screaming, but I showed him the joy of splashing and in about a minute he decided this was the coolest thing EVER. Now he actually asks to take a bath pretty frequently. Of course these are on the days when I don't have time to give him one. One the days when I actually do want to give him a bath, of course he says NOOOOOOOOOOOO! This is because he's 2. My latest technique was to talk him into helping me give the dog a bath. The poor poor poor poor dog, who hates baths more than anything but just stands there and takes it. What a trooper. He was very excited about having this responsibility, and it was easy to transition him into the tub right after she got out. But I felt really bad for using her like that.
Anyway, geesh this is long, it's because I'm procastinating... My advice is don't push it. Try showers or sponge baths for a while. Do you really need to wash her hair all that often? Have you tried just rinsing, no shampoo? There have been a ton of threads around here on going "no poo." For many people, myself and ds included, shampoo does a lot more harm than good. Just a suggestion.