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28 November 2005 @ 10:20 am
Bath Time  
I give Tyler - our 10-month old - his baths most of the time... I'd say about 95% of the time I do. He seems to love bath time so much, except for hair-washing time. Much as I try, I can't avoid water getting into his eyes when I wet his hair down to wash it. And I admit that when I'm rinsing the shampoo out of his hair, sometimes it gets on his face, and sometimes even in his eyes. Obviously, this is unintentional, and I feel so bad when it does happen.

He absolutely hates it (as anyone would), and he's actually starting to lose interest in bath time now. I'm concerned it's because he hates getting his hair washed. Does anyone out there know of any techniques to avoid getting water and shampoo going down his face, and getting in his eyes? My wife tried to show me the technique of using one hand as a "shield" just below the front hairline to keep the water from dripping down his face, but that just doesn't seem to work for Tyler and me. Any other methods that we can try? I'd hate for him to start hating bathtime because I just can't get this silly little hair-washing thing right.

Thanks for any advice in advance...
blackmarlinblackmarlin on November 28th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
Totally different approach . . .
My wife and I have been taking showers with our daughter from the get-go, and this helps. Our daughter LOVES the shower, and by holding her up to the spray you can pretty precisely control where the water is. She doesn't like getting her hair rinsed either, but with the shower we can rinse her while holding her close, and the rest of the shower is so fun that she usually asks for it (with the baby sign for "bath") several times a day. Er, obviously we don't actually do it several times a day, but it is still something she always looks forward to, rather than dreads.

webmartin28webmartin28 on November 29th, 2005 01:57 am (UTC)
Re: Totally different approach . . .
Thanks for the idea. We tried a "co-shower" tonight... Didn't fare so well. It's a good possibility that he was just a little too tired for something so boldly new, so we'll try again next time, and see how he does.

Out of curiosity, though, how do you actually go through the logistics of showering with baby? Meaning, how do you hold on to her, and actually clean her, without the prospect of slippery baby seeing the shower floor rather close, and rather fast? We (my wife and I) were thinking of possibly a shower baby sling, but wanted to know if you do it any differently.

Thanks for your help...
Vvalkyrivvalkyri on November 28th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)
Would a shampoo sheild help?

Vvalkyrivvalkyri on November 28th, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC)
oops. i before e except after c...

Also what about a hand held showerhead - send the water away from the face...
webmartin28webmartin28 on November 29th, 2005 01:59 am (UTC)
The shampoo shield might actually be something for us to try (if Tyler doesn't take too well to the idea of "co-showering"). Thanks for the idea...
Corycsberry on November 28th, 2005 11:28 pm (UTC)
Pardon my assumption, but you likely don't need to wash his hair every night. Often a wet washcloth is enough to get any stray food that might have been deflected during dinner. The lower frequency of hairwashing might remove the stigma of bath=water torture.

Otherwise, I use my hand to shield and try to entice the kids to be looking up at my goofy face when I rinse. My mil prefers a dry washcloth rolled up along the forehead to sop up any stray water.
webmartin28webmartin28 on November 29th, 2005 02:05 am (UTC)
I don't wash his hair *every* night, but I do wash his hair perhaps 4-5 times a week (I'm very anal about washing everything when it's time for a bath - I'm trying to stop that, but I can't help it most of the time).

As I said, the hand-shield doesn't work with Tyler and me... He always jerks his head away, making matters worse. I might try the washcloth idea, though. Perhaps there's a middle ground we can reach that will work for both of us. Thanks for the idea...
Vvalkyrivvalkyri on November 29th, 2005 05:35 am (UTC)
To chime in with the above commenter, it mightn't be necessary. One of my friends seems to wash her 2yo's hair every couple months 'cause he hates it so much (I couldn't tell); another friend washes the kids hair every week or so.

When I was little I think it was once a week. But if it's just a matter of the shampoo stinging, a sheild or something should hopefully help.

steakumms on June 27th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
I've had the same problem with my little girl (now nearly 2). Two things to try: use a washcloth or sponge to sort of squeegee it out; or go to the other extreme and just dump a big pitcher full of water over the head. The surprise of getting the water dumped on him will probably cause his eyes to close, and the shampoo will be out in an instant. He might even think it's kind of fun, especially if you demonstrate the technique on yourself a few times.