Babies and Baths

United States
February 18, 2009 5:16pm CST
Okay so here's the situation...my son is five months and when his grandmother gives him a bath, there are no problems but when I do it, he is hysterical from beginning to the very end. How do I get him to get more comfortable while he is taking a bath?
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@violeta_va (4834)
• Australia
18 Feb 09
Why dont you have a look what she does it might help. In my case it was the other way around. My son screamed when my mother or mother in law gave him a bath but he was fine with me. We noticed after few times that I made the water a bit warmer then what they did. To this day we both like hot bath and shower. It might be the way you hold him or that you are scared or something young babies can sence fear :))))). Just pay atention when she gives him a bath and ask questions.
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• United States
19 Feb 09
You know what, you are so right..I have this fear that I will do something wrong but I still try to comfort him..so maybe he was picking up on a vibe..I need to ask her just what she does because she did say he loves it when she does it...thanks for stopping in!
• Australia
6 Mar 09
Thanks for the best responce hope your baby is doing ok now in the water.
@Amber4106 (541)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I found that making the bath water just slightly warmer than what is recomended really helped calm my daughter. I'm the only person who has ever given her a bath, but when I gave her her first two baths, she was really fussy. After that I tried the warmer water, and now she loves the feel of the water! The only other thing that I can think of is that the room temperature may not be warm enough. I turn on the heater in the bathroom for about five minutes or so before her bath. It may feel hot to you, but it is calming for baby.
• United States
19 Feb 09
I didn't really think of that. I am one of those new mothers who uses a book as my new baby bible..I always check the temperature of the water in fear of making it too hot but it can be a little warmer..I bet my stepmother makes it just right though..thanks for the tip!
• United States
19 Feb 09
I went through the same thing..I was living with my parents and when Grandma gave the bath, she was totally content. When I gave the bath, you would think I was pulling her toes or something the way she screamed. We believe it all came down to my Mom raised four kids and was totally relaxed and I was a nervous wreck and I believe my daughter sensed that. Of course I might of been able to relax some if she did not scream her head off. It is kind of funny now..at the time, I was nervous and even more so when she responded to it. I hope you find your answer soon. Good Luck.
• United States
19 Feb 09
Your son must be in league with my son. My son pulled the same stunts when he was younger with me. He'd cry and then smile when his daddy came in. I think it's some little game they play all their own. I agree, see what your mom is doing that perhaps you're not doing. With mine, I got a new bath with a sling in it. It fits them a bit better so they don't feel like they are being swallowed up by the water. Good luck. Anora