Bathing a growing toddler is not as easy as it is to bathe an infant toddler. For one, infants are more cooperative during bath time than growing toddlers.
Now, there is no hard and fast rule as to when you must stop bathing your kid as this can be influenced by a number of factors; factors including how fast your kid grows, your kid’s ability to get to every part of their body, and if your kid has any form of disability.
For this reason, you must exercise a little more patience with your kid and try not to get mad at them when they seem slowing at getting a hang of bathing themselves. Do not try to compare your 6 years old kid who you still have to bathe, to your friend’s kid who started bathing alone at age 5.
All kids are different. In this article, we will be discussing some important things you need to know about kids and their bath time and at what age exactly you should stop bathing your kid. Let’s go!
Things You Should Know About Kids And Bath Time
Subconsciously, parents extend their daily bath policy to their kids. Going out and getting sweaty may result in an offensive odor oozing off your body, hence, the need for you to maintain a constant cleanliness by bathing daily. Your kid is likely to be pulled into this bath routine naturally, even though your kid does not need to bathe daily.
Kids bodies are still young and do not produce so much sweat to cause body odor although, this would be dependent on your kid’s activities like playing in the mud (a mud-bathe kid will certainly need a bath after).
Newborns need even less bath times (preferably only sponging) than toddlers as they should not be in a bath tub until after their umbilical cord drops. After the umbilical cord drops, they can have a bath routine of two times in a week.
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As your kid grows and matures, their activity level increases and their bathe schedule gradually changes. Note that all these are not to say that a daily bath routine will harm your kid or do any damage to their skin.
Do not use your adult bath products on your kid! You might have got that warning before but there is really nothing to it. Before the difference in adults and kid’s products came about, kids were bathed with regular soaps like adults.
Some chemicals in some products are not safe for anyone’s skin, whether adults or kids so look out for soaps that are fragrance-free; this is usually gentle on the skin. Also for toothpaste, you do not need to buy a different toothpaste for your kid. Ensure that the toothpaste is fluoride and use only a limited amount of the paste on your kid’s toothbrush.
Of course, this also isn’t to say that kid’s products are bad. You can very well get your kid that special kid product – if you do not mind it.
Make your kid pee or poop before they get into the bathtub. It usually feels nice to just empty their bladder in the water-filled tub as they have their bath but this automatically makes the water unclean and no longer great for a clean bath.
If it so happens that your kid pees or poops in bathtub, then it is about time to get them out of the tub. You would need to dispose of the soiled water, clean up the tub thoroughly with water and soap, and refill with clean water for them to have a clean bath now.
Playing in the living room is not the same as being in the bathtub. Your toddler might be able to play in the living room area and other safe areas of the house but are not quite there when it comes to staying safe in the bathtub, no matter how shallow the water is.
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Toddlers would need few more year of supervised baths before they get to the point of bathing unsupervised, hence, no toddler should be left to bathe without supervision.
As they grow, your kid is likely to begin to ask you questions about the body parts. Try not to freak out as this would be sending a negative signal to them about the human anatomy. Reply them in a calm manner and explain to them in the best way that a child can understand.
Your son might ask questions about body parts that are peculiar to you as a woman, wondering why he does not have them as well. Try not to make up stories to take his mind off it as whatever answer you give to him at that moment is most likely to stick forever.
Reply honestly in the best way his little brain can understand and you would have just prevented the situation from being awkward.
At What Age Should I Stop Bathing With My Child
Although no psychological damage will be done to a child if they get to see their parents naked in a tub, you must observe your kid’s body language for any signs of discomfort or embarrassment at sharing a tub with you. The moment you notice any of these signs, then it is about time for you to allow your kid have their bath alone.
Bathing with your kid would also teach them about the parts of the body and their functions and this would help them understand their own bodies better. You must be confident and proud of your body, however it looks. If you put up a shameful attitude about your body, it might create a lack of confidence in your kid about their own body.
Teach your child to respect your body by respecting their own body while having a shower with them. Your kid is not likely to feel anything sexual as they are still young and have not been exposed to sexuality, however, it would not hurt to be cautious about being naked around your kid.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
At What Age Should I Stop Bathing My Child?
As maturity level differs in kids, so does the age at which kids can begin to have unsupervised baths. Generally though, as from age 5 to 7, a kid should e able to have a shower with little or no supervision. Of course, the bath might not be a clean one, most likely just a shower, but this is a step in the right direction.
It is important to know when the time is right for you to stop bathing your kid. If you decide to stop bathing your kid too early, it might not be good for your child’s hygiene and they might develop a body odor since they are not grown enough to actually give themselves a clean bath.
On the flipside, if you decide not to stop and keep bathing your kid beyond the necessary age, you might be breeding a negative impact in your child. Know when it’s time to stop bathing your kid and stop.
I am a proud mother of two, a lover and home builder. My love for children gave birth to the bestofmotherearth.com with the aim to cover topics from child health, pregnancy, parenting, family, relationship, struggles in families and also food.