Master Nearly-three and the bath saga.

Life as a mum of a soon-to-be three year old is never lacking of fun, challenges and frustration. As I’m writing this, my husband is trying to bath a screaming toddler. You see, master two has decided not to bath. He screams like the water is acid and begs to be let out. It’s quite distressing to listen to and I have no idea why he doesn’t want to bath all of a sudden. I have tried asking him what has changed, But he is never clear with his answers. I have even turned to googling why a toddler refuses baths. It turns out that this can be a common stage. We tried bubbles, making the bath shorter, less water, colourful tablets in the water, different toys, and not washing his hair as often. Due to the stress,  I stepped away from this blog for 4 days and reassessed my situation at bath time…

After thinking long and hard, reassessing my approach and talking to a professional I decided to approach bath time differently for Master nearly-three. He loves Mickey Mouse, so I trawled through  the internet for an acceptable (free) Mickey rewards chart. I found this one on the Australian Disney website . I made a big deal about how much fun this chart was, and how, as I was cutting out the different characters, he would be able to use his new (blue) glue stick to glue the characters on the chart. The whole reward aspect for him was choosing the character to glue on, so I really made it sound really exciting. He was a little resistant at first and really just wanted to skip the whole bath thing and go straight to the gluing – (my excitement must have been working). He needed a little persuasion, but after a little while, we had him standing in the bath. I thought to myself, “How are we going to get him to sit down? Bath time should be FUN!!”. That was it!! I got a few of his plastic Little People toys and started playing with them, involving him too. He sat down after about 30 seconds. That’s how long it took. My husband was standing there with his mouth open in amazement and I was smiling (and basking) in my victory!

We have since had 4 consecutive bath times with a similar routine now. He LOVES it because I’m interacting with him, he gets a reward at the end, and it is FUN! Now I need to generalise this for bedtime, and toileting and I think I’ll be right 🙂 It is always one thing or another with our son, but in the end, it’s not worth stressing about because we do get there… eventually.


Author: Honnie

I'm a mum, wife and MSer. 2017 is going to be my year to change - I know you've heard it 1,000 times, but I need to! Join me in my journey! Learn a few new things from my musings! I hope you enjoy this blog.

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