Bathing together.

United States
June 3, 2008 6:15pm CST
My husband threw a fit because I let my daughter who is two and my friend's son who is 18 months take a bath together. I didn't see any wrong in it, so I'm here to ask you. I plan to let my two girls take baths together, if they choose to until 3-4 years old. What age did you cut off bathing with other children?
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11 responses
• United States
6 Jun 08
To me its not just about age. My 7 and 9 year olds take baths with their 3 year old sister...not all at once, cuz that would just be a mess. But my boy has never taken a bath with his siters. I did let my 3 year old take a bath at a friends house with her 18month(ish) son, just because she jumped in, she might as well finish it:) I don't think there's any harm in it. As far as your girls go, let them bath together till it doesn;t work anymore. My two oldest have just stopped this past year(thats the 7 and 9 yr olds) They are just too big to fit right in the tub at the same time any more, so it ends up in either a fight, or a flood...not worth it:)
• United States
9 Jun 08
Well, that's exactly what happened. I was giving my daughter a bath and my friend had her son over. He wanted to get in, so I didn't see anything wrong with it.
@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
10 Jun 08
I use to let my daughter and son bathe together and both of them bathe with their cousin (same age as my son) when they were all younger...I see no harm in it....My kids stopped bathing together probably at around 3 and 4...but they were both still playign in the tub together at 10 and 11 (with swimsuits on LOL)... the way I see it is this, as long as there are rules even when they are little ones, there is nothing wrong with it in fact it can be a good thing...
• China
10 Jun 08
I don't think bathing together is bad thing for two babies.You know some babies don't like bathing or fear the water,but they like play with their little friens.So bathing together can make them like bathing.The only thing mother have to do is looking after babies carefully when bathing.
@Libra67 (11)
• United States
9 Jun 08
My daughter and nephew (same age) took a bath together until they were about 2. For a boy and a girl, I think around 2 should be the cut off point. I think for 2 little girls or little boys, I think about 3 or so. But after that, they need thier own privacy.
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
5 Jun 08
I don't seen anything wrong with letting small children bathe together like that. It seems kind of silly to me to have a problem with it, but to each their own. My son has never bathed with another little kid, so I'm not sure how my husband would feel about it, because it's never come up. We don't have any close friends with kids close to his age, and we're too far away for him to spend time with his cousins. He's still an only child, so he will probably be enough older than any little siblings he might have to make it so that he will probably never bathe with another small child. But I really wouldn't have any problem with it.
@kwenge (2492)
• Kenya
4 Jun 08
I grew up between three boys who were my brothers, one 2 years older than me, another one 2 years younger and another 1 year younger, we bathed together for a very long time, until i was 8 years. I dint find anything funny about it. We used to have fun showering together and we used to look forward to shower time, the splashing of water and making foam and all the fun that comes with bathing...i enjoyed all. Give kids a chance to grow. Let your daughters bath together until they get tired themselves. I think your husband is being unfair. Those kids are too young to even notice the different between each other.
@urbandekay (18308)
4 Jun 08
Your husband sounds a bit odd to me all the best urban
@bieke81 (1067)
• Belgium
4 Jun 08
I don't feel that there's any problem with it. They are still so young, they will not see each other as anything else but playbuddies. The problem is, that in the society nowadays, people are scared that others might think something wrong with what you do. But that's not your problem, it's there dirty minds that work the wrong way.
@Essie119 (673)
• Canada
4 Jun 08
I have to say that I really can't see the problem with children that young bathing together. My son is 3 and my daughter is 22 months and they always bath together. They have fun and I don't waste water. When my niece (also 3) is over her mother just throws her in the tub with my two. Children don't think anything about it - they just splash and play together. They'll probably stop bathing together when the baby is old enough to bath in the big tub. There won't be room for three kids as my oldest gets bigger so the two boys will bath together and my daughter (who is a diva anyway) will get the tub to herself.
@deebomb (15319)
• United States
4 Jun 08
There is nothing wrong with a 2 year old and an 18 month old bathing together. All they see is a playmate. They won't even remember any thing about it. They aren't attracted to each other except as playmate. 3 or 4 is an age that they will notice the differences. At that age they are just babies so can't do any thing to each other except get soap in their eyes or their hair wet. They can have such fun if they are allowed to.
• United States
3 Jun 08
I think there is no problem wtih a 2 year old and an 18 month old taking a bath together. They're both so little they'll never remember anyways, and all they care about is having fun in the bathtub! My son is only 2 and his brother is 2 months, but I plan on bathing them together for a couple of years if I can. I remember when I was younger, my mom babysit 2 other children who were best friends of the family. My sister and I would take baths together with them, all 4 of us, 3 girls and 1 boy. I just remember we were really little, but it sure didn't hurt any of us.