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Afraid of the Bath...Again

The bath time sagas continue at our home. I have a feeling that this might be a continuous trend for a long while, since Joash has never liked his bath. In the hospital after he was born, the nurse was getting ready to demonstrate how to give Joash a bath and she said, "All babies loves baths." Then Joash proceeded to scream at the top of his lungs for the duration of his bath. Afterwards, the nurse said she had never had a baby that cried like that for his bath.

Once we got him home, things did not improve. He cried and cried for his bath time. We became quite pro at doing baths quickly. Things did settle down once he could be in the baby tub and when he discovered splashing.

Then he would only stand in the tub. As long as he was standing, he was fine. He would drive a car around the edge of the tub, fill up a cup and dump it out, all while standing. But as soon as you tried to get him to sit or lie down to get cleaned, he screamed.

Then we went to the beach this summer and I thought all of our problems were solved. He loved the water and he loved bath time. It was so fun to give him a bath.

However, one day he discovered the lever on the tap that starts the shower when you pull on it. He pulled, the shower started and he screamed like I had never heard him scream before. For a few days after that, he would cry as soon as we went into the bathroom. But, then he was okay again for about a week.

And now again last night he screamed as soon as his feet touched the water. The water was not too hot or anything and there is nothing wrong with his feet that would hurt if they were in water as far as I can tell. He kept backing up away from the water until he was at the very back of his tub on his tiptoes begging to get out. He will sit down in the water, but he kept crossing his feet, I guess to try and get them out of the water, the whole time. That made is really hard to get him clean. I have no idea what caused this.

I just hope by the time he is a teenager, he will be over his fear of the bath/shower time.


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