At what age is it oksy for kids to take baths alone?

@liyan97 (2128)
Northern Mariana Islands
June 23, 2007 4:39am CST
My two girls are ages 5 and 1, I give them both a bath at the same time. But I am begining to feel like my five year old can take a bath all by her self. She gets irritated when it's time for me to take them out, she wants to spend alittle more time in the bath. At what age is it okay for her to take a bath alone?
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@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
23 Jun 07
I think it's time when they enter big school. My daughter is almost 6 and she takes a bath on her own, although with some supervision on my part or our nanny, coz if we don't advise her, she might end up in the bathroom the whole day. So I give her about 10 minutes before I remind her to soap her body or shampoo her hair, but generally she bathes all by herself.
@liyan97 (2128)
• Northern Mariana Islands
23 Jun 07
Thank you for your response:) I guess I will wait until she's atleast six years old.
@lynboobsy11 (11346)
• Philippines
23 Jun 07
My yungest daughter up to now that she is 10 she wants me sometimes to give her bath once in a while but since she was 6 she manage to took a bath alone but I supervise her for she was only playing in tub and spent to much time playing.
@liyan97 (2128)
• Northern Mariana Islands
23 Jun 07
Thank you so much for your response:) I guess thats what my daughter want to do too, just play! I guess I am having a hard time letting my five year old grow up...lol..
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• United States
24 Jun 07
By okay to take alone do you mean literally alone? Not you watching AT ALL? Thats confusing me. But anyways. I think I was around 7 or 8 when I stopped getting help with baths. Before the time when kids starting turning teen you know body stuff. I used to take baths with my younger sister till I was closer to 11. But help with baths and hair and stuff ended around 8 or 9 I think? I was never independant, so your 5 yr old she is probably more independant at such a young age. Maybe give her space but keep an eye on her too? :)
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@liyan97 (2128)
• Northern Mariana Islands
24 Jun 07
Thank you for your response:) What I mean is, is it okay to let her bathe alone when I take my youngest out of the the bath. Of course, will was her and all, but then can I leave her to play in the bath while I am settling down my youngest? I will be there to supervise her, but then I won't be there every minute! I guess her want to become more independent has me feeling sad:( Thruthfully, it is more of an emotional issue with me, that anything else! I guess I am just looking for an excuse to be there for her evey need....lol...I am going to have to learn to give her her space no matter how much it bugs me....lol.
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
24 Jun 07
My daughter is going to be turning 5 here soon. She knows how to wash up and all that stuff on her own, but I would never leave her alone just yet. I don't really know the correct age to leave a child alone in the bathroom, but 5 seems young. I never really thought about it. But I guess as long as she knows how to wash herself up and all that, you could step out maybe for a few minutes, but that is all up to you. Me, personally, I don't leave the bathroom. I let her do her own thing, but I sit on the edge of the bathtub and I actually read a book or I just talk with her. Sometimes it's borning, but I think she is still young. Maybe in a few years. But even in a few years, I think it's always best to check on a child off and on, doesn't matter what age. Good luck with this though.
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@liyan97 (2128)
• Northern Mariana Islands
24 Jun 07
Thank you so much for your wonderful insight:)
@Debs_place (10526)
• United States
23 Jun 07
5 is a bit too young to be completely unsupervised but you can keep the door open and stay in the area. You can dress the little one in the bathroom or the next room and talk to your 5 year old, generally if they are talking and making noises and she is not always into something, you can figure they are safe. I don't think there is a set age, since each kid is different.
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@liyan97 (2128)
• Northern Mariana Islands
23 Jun 07
Thank you for your insight! "Have a wonderful day:)"
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
23 Jun 07
I think it is ok for her to bathe alone now as long as you are close by and able to see that she is ok. I only have the one child so he has no choice but to take a bath on his own. He turns 5 next month and I have left him on his own for a couple of minutes at a time with the door open so I can see him. He plays first then I go in and wash him down and he rinses himself off and plays a little longer with his toys then puts them away and lets the water out. Then I go back in and towel dry him and have his pjs ready for him to change into himself.
@liyan97 (2128)
• Northern Mariana Islands
23 Jun 07
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my discussion:) I will try your technique and hope she can enjoy herself even while I supervise.
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@williamjisir (22904)
• China
23 Jun 07
My son started to take a shower by himself at the age of seven. Five is too young to wash herself clean. So I think it will be better to let her bathe herself when she is at a primary school at the age of seven.
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@liyan97 (2128)
• Northern Mariana Islands
23 Jun 07
My son also started at five but then he was the only child at that time and I had all the attention to give him. But now that there are three I have to be sure that I can supervise my five year old, without my ane year old screaming to join her...lol..
• China
24 Jun 07
Oh, I see. It is really a hard job to take care of three children. It is a good idea to develop the eldest child to bathe himself from now on. Anyway, practice makes perfect. No worry. The 5-year-old child will be perfect very soon if he is allowed to do so, but keep an close eye on the child to make sure he is secure while bathing.
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
24 Jun 07
I think that a five year old should be fine, as long as you are within a reasonable distance. If you are not sure, just leave the door open so that you can hear her and talk back and forth with her. Check in on her often until she is ready to get out of the tub. My children were about four or five when I let them start bathing mostly by themselves. I never went far from them, but it gave them a sense of independence that they really enjoyed.
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@liyan97 (2128)
• Northern Mariana Islands
25 Jun 07
Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. I will give it a shot! Thank you again:)
@tina12679 (1126)
• United States
23 Jun 07
I have 3 kids 3 girls ages 6 and 4 and then i have a 2 year old son. I too usually just bath them all together. My hubby doesnt like me putting our son in with the girls but they are still young and my girls seem to understand that boys are a little different and stuff no big issues there. But my oldest is acually 6 and half and she is really getting big these days and the room in the tub is getting limited, so i am showing her how to take a shower by herself so when she wakes up in the morning for school and needs to be cleans then i can just tell her to go hop in the shower. But she loves the idea it makes her feel grown up and like she can do something her younger sister cannot yet. But with your situation if she just wants to play longer you could always put her in ahead of the other child and let her play then take the younger one in and go from there or bath your younger child and go ahead an get that one dressed and ready leaving your oldest to play and then get her out when you are done dressing the other. I know as it is now that my son is still small i bath him in the sink sometimes it is easier on my back, so maybe you can bath them sepereatly like that. Ask your 5 year old what she wants. They know what they want to happen better then anyone LOL Good Luck
@liyan97 (2128)
• Northern Mariana Islands
24 Jun 07
Hello tina12679:) Thank you fo much for sharing your thoughts!
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
23 Jun 07
I agree with the others. Each child is different. Some are more mature than others. It sounds like she is ready to be on her own a little. So, take your one-year old out, dry, dress, etc. with the door open and peek in on your oldest. If she's doing ok, let her have a bit more time each time.
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@liyan97 (2128)
• Northern Mariana Islands
23 Jun 07
Thank you for your insight, I really appreciate the advice:) Happy Postings!
@ackars (1942)
• India
23 Jun 07
I think they can start taking bath of their own by the age of 8.I started taking bath own by that time.I dont know how many of you had taken a bath of own by that time...
@liyan97 (2128)
• Northern Mariana Islands
23 Jun 07
I believe I was six when I stared to take baths alone, thats because I am the only girl adn have two brothers.Thank you ackars, for your response:)
@magnet (2088)
• United States
30 Jun 07
I think 4 years old is fine. My son was 4 when he started to take baths alone but supervised. Now that he is 5 he can take a bath all by himself.
@MagusX (1099)
• Brazil
25 Jun 07
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