When Bath Time Becomes a Battle
Bath time has been a fun and relaxing way to end (or start) the day, until suddenly it’s not. The screaming banshee being dragged to the tub or the wailing toddler trying to crawl up the sides lets you know something’s changed. These bath time fears are very common. In fact, they often emerge, along with other fears, around the ages of 12-24 months.
First, try to figure out the fear – is it of the drain? of water in the eyes? or water over the head? Second, this age happens to be a sweet spot for asserting self and independence, so sometimes it’s less fear and more stubbornness or anger. And finally, sometimes it’s just hard to stop playing and transition.
Even if you can’t pinpoint the cause, when bath time becomes a battle, these tricks may help: