Getting My Son to Take a Bath: How to Bath Willful Children

My son didn’t always hate bathing. Bath time used to be our favorite time together. He seemed to enjoy the warm water when he was first born. Once he was able to sit up in the tub alone, he loved getting in to play with his toys. But in the last year or so, he has been putting up a fight over the bath. And don’t even mention a shower, he goes ape s**t; you would think that acid rain was pouring down upon him. He absolutely refuses to participate in a shower.

Beyond physically forcing him into the bath, which I’m not above doing, I’ve discovered some easier and more manipulative tactics to get him clean. Hopefully, my fellow parents trying to conquer this same battle will find these tips useful.

1) I turn off the TV and restrict his toys. Out of boredom, he will often comply.

2) I cry. My son is pretty empathetic so this often works.

3) I get in the bath first. He seems to love taking a bath with me.

4) I make him stand in the corner. He can get out when he’s ready to get in the bath.

It’s a daily battle. But I’m convinced it will get better one day.

Brandy - The Mother

Hi, I am Brandy and I am "the mother." I enjoy being a mother, friend, and playmate to my son.

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2 Responses

  1. Robin says:

    You have to buy a bath toy and make it fun for your kid. I found a fishing pole with a magnet on the end that links to about 10 fish that you place around the tub. I have no problem now getting him in the bath because he can’t “fish” until he does.

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