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How to help (and bathe) a toddler who is terrified of the plughole in the bath?

That particular irrational fear is common. Take her fears seriously, because they're real to her. Explaining that they are unfounded doesn't work, nor does smiling at or dismissing her fears. If you'...
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How can I address toddler's fear of water over her face?

What I have found most effective is to teach them a coping mechanism, something active to do so they don't feel helpless, and give them plenty of time to employ it. For example: Okay, some water ...
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How can I address toddler's fear of water over her face?

We cured the same problem in my daughter, INSTANTLY, with a cheap pair of swimming goggles. I showed her what they were, what they are for - she pressed them to her face, and that was it. no going ...
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Is it really that bad to get water in a baby's ear?

@Rory Alsop is correct. First, terms need to be defined. There are basically 4 parts of the ear. The outside of the ear (what you can move around with manipulation) is called the auricle or pinna. ...
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14-month year old takes dinner in bath only

For one, I'd get a plastic mat you can put under the high chair, you can always carry that later to the bathtub and clean it off. I don't think it's going to be too hard to get him to eat at the ...
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My newborn hates everyday bath time

Timing. A hungry, cranky or tired baby won't like bathtime - because it will hate almost everything besides what fulfills his current needs and desires. You need to catch the rare awake and alert ...
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At what age should parents stop showering/bathing with children?

I think you're making this much more complicated than it really is. Don't worry about showering with your children, no matter what their gender. Your children will answer your question for you by ...
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Is there an effective method for cleaning butts?

We had a wonderful midwife who showed us a very neat trick for turning our baby safely onto her front while bathing. I couldn't effectively describe it, but it basically involves cupping the baby's ...
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Minimum age required for jacuzzi bath

The main concern with a hot tub is the heat of the water. This is not a small concern; heated water at or above body temperature can lead to hyperthermia (overheating), and for smaller children this ...
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Minimum age required for jacuzzi bath

The age limit is high pretty much entirely because of liability, the pool doesn't want young kids drowning or getting heat stroke in there. Some spas also don't want rambunctious kids romping around ...
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What to do about my toddler who suddenly started screaming when I mention bathing or give her a bath?

We had something like this for a while but when our son was a bit younger. He also had a similar kind of phobia with sand closer to your daughter's age. What helped for us was to find some new ways ...
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How to wash a 10-month-old whilst camping for 4 days?

The two options we used when camping with babies that age were: Baby wipes - useful in all cases, but especially so for short camping trips, as you don't need to deal with water, heating, disposal ...
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Scientific evidence regarding methods for bathing newborns

I only watched the first video, but it reminded me quite a bit of the way the veteran parents I know here in the USA handle their kids. (In this case, I am defining "veteran parents" to mean "have six ...
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How to help a toddler overcome the fear of water on head?

I am convinced that for children who don't like showers, it's because they don't like it on their face. I heard too many stories from friends about their child hating showers. Many of them also say ...
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What to do about my toddler who suddenly started screaming when I mention bathing or give her a bath?

Did not mention if you were giving her the baths in a normal tub but that is what I assume. I can offer 3 alternatives but I would guess the last one wont work at this time: Take a shower with her. ...
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How can I explain to my 5-year-old that I need to be alone if I am showering?

You might try explaining it sometime when you're not in the middle of the situation that when we go potty or use the shower that we should have privacy and that she should respect that. Then try to ...
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How to wash a 10-month-old whilst camping for 4 days?

An extra-large saucepan is excellent for washing a baby while camping. You can heat the water (not too hot!) on a gas burner and then take the pan off the heat, check the water temperature, and add ...
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My 10 month old has started scream crying because he can’t reach the shower drain during bath time - how can I get this to stop?

I'd give rag baths for a few weeks to separate him from the craziness of the situation. Then, when it's not bathtime, so it's not a stressful moment, I'd let him touch it and play with water going ...
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Is there an effective method for cleaning butts?

For an infant, I don't recommend submerged bathing: I like the kind where you have a foam "bathtub" insert either in the sink or in the bathtub, and you just use soapy water to clean them. Once they'...
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How can I address toddler's fear of water over her face?

Every child is different, and the suggestions already posted are good ones. I would suggest one idea that I didn't see posted yet, which is to alternate between a bath and a shower with the drain ...
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My newborn hates everyday bath time

Use two washcloths - one to wash him with, and get the other wet and use it to cover whatever part of his body you aren't washing. This helps keep the baby from feeling cold where the air hits his ...
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How to handle my baby boy urinating in bath?

For a child who is potty trained, or at least is physically ready for potty training (often happens around two, but it varies significantly), this is approachable in a very simple way: ask him to use ...
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How can I address toddler's fear of water over her face?

With my oldest son, the problem was primarily the shampoo in the eyes (or the unsalinated water, but more often the shampoo specifically). What we do is keep his towel at hand, and as soon as we've ...
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How can I address toddler's fear of water over her face?

This worked for my son: I let him wear a swim mask, and put his hand over his mouth when I washed his hair. Then, I let him hold the washcloth while I washed his face. Knowing he could pull the ...
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How to help a toddler overcome the fear of water on head?

My granddaughter (who is 3 years old) has what I call phobia of getting her clothes wet. If any liquid wets her clothes she panics and I have to change her. Same thing with her hair. I have tried ...
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My 10 month old has started scream crying because he can’t reach the shower drain during bath time - how can I get this to stop?

Have you considered letting him examine it once? Once he knows what it's about he might not be interested a second time.
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My 10 month old has started scream crying because he can’t reach the shower drain during bath time - how can I get this to stop?

I strongly suggest you let him explore the drain. It's not as "dirty" as you think, and it won't hurt him. He is curious and has a need to explore. One which you are not allowing and since the ...
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My 9 year old son has to take a bath and bathe 4 year old step brother, is it ok?

This depends on too many details to have a direct Yes or No answer. Can a nine year old have some responsibilities for the household, and be held accountable for those responsibilities? Absolutely. My ...
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How to help a toddler overcome the fear of water on head?

Our 2yo daughter has recently developed several fears, including that of water on her face. When splashed, she will tremble in fear and reach her face to remove the water. Usually with wet hands, ...
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How to help a toddler overcome the fear of water on head?

I'm not a parent but when I was young, I was scared of water. One thing that helped was to put swimming goggles on. You can also make your child think you're playing a game with them, such as to say "...
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