thread: My almost 5 month old suddenly hates baths

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    Jan 2011
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    My almost 5 month old suddenly hates baths

    My DD is four months and three weeks and used to love Bathtime, however the last three nights she has screamed blue murder. I thought this only really happened to older babies and toddlers?

    She's not hungry, too hot or too cold at Bathtime either. How can we encourage her to like baths again? it's part of poor Daddy's special sleepytime ritual with her.


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    Have you tried the shower? All my kids absolutely love the shower.

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    Yeah I second the shower. Otherwise has she got nappy rash that could be stinging when in the bath? Just a thought.

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    Third the shower - all our girls have loved shower time on daddy's chest.

    Is her bath water warm enough? I've always been surprised by just how warm they like it, and the required warmth increases as they get older

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    Em I don't think it's nappy rash. She has actually had nappy rash for the first time in her life but it's pretty much clear now and bathing didn't bother her when it was at its worst.

    Shower is a good idea. Thanks girls.

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    Lulu not sure re the water. We will try warmer tomorrow perhaps.

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    Why don't you get in with her? My kids loved having that closeness with me in the bath :-)

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    Boomba we don't have a bath alas- she's in the baby bath. I'd dearly love to bathe with her in a big bath though

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    :-( then maybe a shower with her :-)

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    We didn't have a bath for awhile with DD (then had a bathroom reno! ). DH was comfortable standing in the shower with DD but i found it easier to sit on the floor of the shower with DD. I could also rest her face down over my knee if i needed hands free. As she got older, i sat her in the bumbo in the shower and sat next to her. However, DS throws himself back in the bumbo so it doesn't work for all kids. This morning, i had DD and DS in the shower with me.

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    Hmm she's developed a cold and cough (her first ever ) so maybe the fussiness had something to do with that?

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    Yeah Ladylove that probably would have something to do with it. She might have just been feeling crummy, I know with my DD that the bath really gets her tired, relaxes her alot so perhaps she wasnt not liking the bath just all of a sudden all the tiredness and icky sickness hit her there becuase she was all relaxed. Its what my DD used to do. Shes older now so handles it better providing she isnt too tired by the time she gets in the bath. When she is well she will prbably go back to normal, if not there is always the shower.. which my DD hates with a passion! LOL

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    My DD always hated the bath if she was overtired. It's such a fine line between tired & overtired, so hard to tell.

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    Yep and DD is a baby who cannot really wind down or switch off easily. She never sleeps without a huge fight and if I try putting her down earlier or spending quiet time with her pre-sleep it does not work either as she just stays awake and super active/alert until she is overtired then wham it's all on.

    She seems happy now though - the mucous is making her cough a bit and she sounds very sinusy but she is happily talking to her toys right now .... I think her mama is way more miserable and concerned than she is!

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    Definitely take her in the shower if she's all stuffed up - the steam will be great for that. DD3 got a cold when she was a week old and its the only thing that gave her relief.

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    That's a good idea. I hate it when she coughs though. Makes me feel so anxious. I made a dr appointment for early Wed in case she's still sick- couldn't get an earlier app.

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    Ok so I think the bath issues had something to do with her coming down with the cold as she loves her bath again, though DH has been filling a shallower baby bath. She still has her cold but I think maybe when she was 'coming down' with it she was feeling unsettled but is ok now.