I voted age 5. Of course, I don't have a five year old yet, so I can't be for sure, but that's when I remember being allowed to take my own bath. I suppose it all depends on the child though. I couldn't imagine letting a child less than five bathe unattended, but I could imagine a child that needed supervision at an older age. I could not imagine though not letting a twelve year old bathe alone. That would be weird, unless they had some sort of condition where they physically needed the help.<br><br>
My 4 yr old sis takes her baths unattended, and has been for a year or so. Now, she has been taking swim lessons since she was 2, so that helps a lot. We know that she is very good in the water, and is very water safety conscious. I think it really is an individual thing.
I said six, but as I recall, it wasn't an all or nothing thing. At 2 or 3, maybe I would feel comfortable going to another room to get something and then coming back. At 4 or 5, maybe I'd be within hearing distance, so I could talk to her if I stopped hearing her playing in there. At six, I thnk I stopped checking up on her really...<br><br>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by mamahammer</i><br><b>My 4 yr old sis takes her baths unattended, and has been for a year or so. Now, she has been taking swim lessons since she was 2, so that helps a lot. We know that she is very good in the water, and is very water safety conscious. I think it really is an individual thing.</b></td>
PLEASE reconsider. my son is four & i will not leave him alone in the tub for more than a few seconds. just because your sister is "good in the water" doesn't mean that she could not slip & fall, or turn the hot water on & burn herself.<br><br>
i did not vote, i don't know what age. AT LEAST six. probably 7 or 8.
I agree about the individual child/situation making a difference. With ds1, I lived in a tiny apartment, and at around 3 1/2 would start leaving him unattended. Now, I wouldn't just stick him in the tub and leave! By unattended, I mean I would turn off the water, hang out with him a bit, leave the door OPEN and maybe go to the other room to get something and come back, or more often do my makeup in the adjoining vanity area. I hope that makes sense.<br><br>
I know some 4 year olds that I would leave in the bath unattended (door open and me within hearing distance, and checking on them every few minutes), and some older kids that I wouldn't!<br><br>
Even now, ds1 is almost 11, and I still "listen" to make sure he hasn't slipped or anything. He loves to take long showers and baths, and I worry that he'll fall asleep in there!<br><br>
okay, i took baths alone when i was slightly younger than 2, but i want to explain.<br><br>
i was a walking, talking, reading person at two. i knew how to turn the water on and off, where the soap was, and was fully potty trained. i knew all the parts of my body and how to wash them. in other words, i was less a "toddler" than a very small child.<br><br>
my niece wanted to take a bath alone at 3 or 4; i told her to sing a song loudly enough that i could hear her while i went into the next bedroom. i told her that as soon as she stopped singing i would come flying in to the bathroom, and i did. it worked beautifully, and she has been bathing without help ever since. she is now 6 and doesn't need to sing the song anymore <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">.<br><br>
i think a child who can talk (and i mean clearly speak to you the way an adult would) is probably capable of bathing themselves, because they're capable of letting you know that they're okay even if you're not in the same room, via a baby monitor or a loud song.