When do you stop bathing your children?

@tgreen80 (171)
United States
April 26, 2007 8:25pm CST
At what age would you say is time for you to let your children to bathe themselves? My daughter is seven years old and I let her wash her self but I wash her hair. I dont know if maybe she is too young or just the right age. What age did you let your child wash themselve?
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@nelly5 (1425)
• United States
27 Apr 07
Gees, after reading the post from other people, I had to reply. I guess I may have started letting my kids wash by themself at a lot younger age than many other people. All of my children started washing their bodies about the age of 4..maybe closer to 5. I would of course inpect their job and make sure it was done right. For the most part I would have to help somewhat with their hair, mainly with my daughter since her hair was a lot longer than the boys hair. But I believe young children are a lot more capable of doing things like this than what many people believe. Also, they love to be able to do this kind of thing by themself, to feel like a "big kid"...mom just had to check the progress for approval..lol
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@nelly5 (1425)
• United States
27 Apr 07
*inspect*...typo up above =)
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• United States
27 Apr 07
I would say when they dont want your help anymore. I let my boys wash themselves and I was there hair. They are 3 and 5 and Im sure someday I wont be alowed to do it which is ok.
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• United States
27 Apr 07
I have a two year old and I plan on about 8-10 years old for him washing himself. I think that by then he will be able to get his body reasonably clean and be able to take care of himself. I just worry about him slipping and falling, its just a mothers worry I think.
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
27 Apr 07
My son is eight and I still need to help him with his hair. He still doesn't quite have a grasp on it. We recently started making him take a shower because he baths were getting out of hand and we had problems prying him out of the bathtub. Now he gets one "luxury" bath a week. Even with the shower, I had to teach him again how to full wash himself using the shower. It seems like he gets cleaner now with the shower than he ever did bathing.
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• Canada
27 Apr 07
I believe each child has a different age that they are capable of this . You should be able to judge yourself if she is ready to try this on her own or not . You can have her do it while you watch a few times to make sure she is doing a good job and when you feel comfortable about this then you can let her take over . I honestly don't remember how old my older children were when I let them start doing this on their own but I know my daughter was younger when she started then my son as she was much more mature then he was . As her mother you would be the best judge to decide this in my mind as you would know her better then anyone else :)
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@pumpkinjam (5801)
• United Kingdom
27 Apr 07
My son is seven and he bathes himself now. He usually washes his own hair but he knows he can call me if he wants help. I started gradually letting him to everything himself. When he was about 5, I let him wash himself while I stayed in the room and I washed his hair, then I would wait in the bedroom and wash his hair once he had washed himself, and gradually did less for him and now he is oerfectly capable of doing it all by himself. I know "professionals" would normally recommend not leaving a child alone in the bath before age 10 but I think that if you believe your child is ok then they will be. My 7-year old doesn't want me in the bathroom with him so I don't go in unless he asks. If you think your daughter is ready to be left alone then she probably is but just stay near and check if you are concerned.
@gemini1960 (1162)
• Philippines
27 Apr 07
we stop bathing them when they reach at nine years old, when they know how to scrub and shampoo their hair properly.