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Goo has always loved baths. From birth on. Now, she is fighting them. We moved her out of her bath chair in July. Ok, she was cool with that. She has a non-slip mat, all of her toys.<br><br>
Then she started to stand in the tub. It started to be a power struggle, so now I just hold her body while she's in the tub, but she won't sit.<br>
But why won't she sit? What has changed? She loved baths, but she just won't sit and relax in the tub the way she used to.<br><br>
Any ideas? Has this happened to anyone?<br>
She's 13 months old and this behavior has really only started the last 2 weeks.
 

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Dd did the same thing, it lasted about two weeks. Then she went back to sitting. For her I think she thought that if she could stand(with me holding her hands) then she should stand, but it must have lost its appeal<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Maybe your Goo will also tire of it.
 

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How interesting. DD started trying to stand up in the tub about a week or two ago. Each time she stood up, I said quietly but sternly "emily, sit down please" and then I made her sit down. She would laugh and stand up immediately, and I'd repeat "emily, sit down please" and make her sit down. It felt like training a puppy, lol. But pretty soon she was sitting down when I asked her to without me having to touch her, although she would also stand right up again. But I figured hey, at least it's a start right? lol<br><br>
So with each bath time, after a while she gets bored and tries the standing up thing and I tell her to sit down and she does...lots of giggles. But it's fading fast. She hardly does it anymore. Mind you, the other day while playing this "game" she bumped her chin on the side of the tub. Maybe that has something to do with it!
 

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We also recently went through a standing in the bath phase. At first I tried asking Clara to sit down then I tried to sit down... neither got me anywhere. She usally just ended up trying to climb out of the tub in tears. Then I started to just let her stand in the tub. She did this for several baths, playing with her toys standing up then one day she just went back to sitting in the bath. When she was standing I always kneeled right beside her (outside of the tub!) and was fully prepared for any little slip and believe it or not there were very few!!<br><br>
Now she spends most of her bathtime sitting and soemtimes gets up to play. Since DH and I are always very close by we don't mind being a little more careful so that she can habve fun in the bath!<br><br>
By the way, the standing thing started when Clara was about 12months old.
 

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i remember my ds doing the same thing.... i tried to get him to sit and usually would end up washing him and taking him out for fear of him falling down, but eventually i think i just let him stand and play and kept a hand right by him so if he slipped i would catch him and he got over it... now at 27 months we haven't had an issue since i can remember, if he stands and i ask him to please sit he does...
 

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This could have been written by me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Dd and ds both started standing in the tub about 2 months ago. It was a crazy scene. Me: "DD, please sit down." Then ds pops up to join the fun. "DS, we sit down in the bathtub" [while helping him down]. Then dd pops up. "DD, no standing in the bathtub please." It was like a bad America's funniest home video. :LOL<br><br>
I hate to say it, but 2 weeks ago, dd bumped her head HARD on the edge of the tub -- split the skin by her browbone and everything (no stiches, just bruised for a couple of days). She has not stood up again. Hmmm...<br><br>
I hope ds does not have to learn the hard way. He didn't seem to internalize her traumatic experience and still enjoys popping up a few times each bath. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: I am waiting for him to tire of the game...
 

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We shower together so of course they have always stood or been in my arms.<br><br>
I hate giving baths<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Maybe you could invest in a good, non slip cushiony bath mat and switch to showering together for a while. I always found it to be easier and more efficient if I just plunked dd in the shower with me in the morning. You don't even really have to lower the water temp much(unless you use *really* hot water)--by the time it water gets down to baby level, it's cooled off a lot.<br><br>
peace, Beth
 
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