absolutely! i do it all the time (with water in the tub, not running). i'm always within earshot. while in the tub, dd is usually playing and having fun (i.e. making lots of noise). if i don't hear her i go check or call her name to see if she's ok, but she's usually always making noise.
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My kids are 3 1/2 and 5 1/2 and I watch them while they wash their hair to make sure they get all the shampoo out, but after that they are free to play while I do what needs to be done around the house. My rule of thumb is I fill the water level up to belly button level, I feel comfortable with them in that amount of water unsupervised.
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Mama to Big K (6/05), Little K (5/07), stepmama to Middle K (11/05),expecting
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Definitely. My 4 year old will play for hours in the tub if I let her. I, too, start with the parent-assisted parts and then let her play. I stay close and if it gets quiet (which sometimes it does when she's mixing concoctions or writing with tub paint), I'll check in. I would NOT run the tub because the noise, alone, would drown out too much sound to make me comfortable. And I wouldn't worry about the water getting cold. Kids swim in pools and lakes for hours that are far colder than your home bath would get!
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DD (3.5) and DS (5.5) both bathe independently. DD needs some help getting the water temperature right, but is fine to shower alone, get out by herself, dry herself and start getting dressed. She doesn't always do all these things independently, but she can and often does.
This is what I do too. We live in a small apartment so I can always hear him playing in the tub.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter" ~~ MLK
DD is in the tub right now, and I'm, well, on the computer! I can hear her singing and playing with her horses so I know all is well.
I've left my 4yr old daughter in the tub while I've been in the next room with her younger brother. I can hear her singing and playing. If it gets quiet I go in and check or I just go in every couple of minutes. I know she's comfortable in there.
i let my 13 month old do this! she is a cautious baby, not one to start scaling the walls, and we have a tiny tiny apartment. i can literally see her face through the open door nearly everywhere in our home. she too chatters away non-stop, so after we finish the washing part, she stays in to play with her little toys and cups and i fold laundry or tidy up. i felt comfortable with this after seeing how she reacted to falling backwards in the tub once... she didn't panic or swallow a lot of water, she just calmly turned over and got back up. if she stops talking or singing, i pop my head in the door, if i look in and don't see her face, i pop in and see what she's doing. so far, so good.
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