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#1 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:34 PM

Seriously, how do I stop my 16.5 month old DD from drinking the bath water?

It's not like she doesn't get enough water in her everyday life - quite often we have to chase her around with a cup to get her to drink because she doesn't want any more water - but she still insists on drinking from the bath.

Whatever she can use to scoop the water up she does - she even fights us to get the facewasher we use to clean her, so she can suck the water out of it. If we took away anything she could use she would have no bath toys left.

It is so gross. Chances are she's peed in there, there's definitely food in there. Ugh ugh ugh.

Then there's her habit of spending half her play group time crunching sand...

#2 cira

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:39 PM

I run the tap and the kids drink from the running water. They act as if they have been water starved all day. If I give them a cup of fresh water they drop it in the bath uninterested.

#3 Jaymic

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:45 PM

My 15 month old son does it as well... have no idea why!!.. I keep the face cloth away from him after I have washed him, because yuck.. poo bum! He now like to pretend he is drinking from bath toys.. which is cute, but sometimes he still does.

#4 Frau Farbissina

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:50 PM

my 5 yr old still does occasionally, although he prefers to drink from the tap. My almost 3 yr old loves nothing more than a big, refreshing drink of bath water.

Edited by Frau Farbissina, 13 December 2012 - 07:51 PM.

#5 Madnesscraves

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:54 PM

I let it be. Unless she's been real filthy. She's grow out of it.

#6 Zahhy

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:56 PM

DD does this too... and tries to suck up the water that collects on the edge of the bath sick.gif

Although I have to admit, I would 1000x rather drink the water coming out of my showerhead than a glass of water.

#7 Juju38

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:57 PM

My DS did it for a while to.  It pretty much stopped when we stopped reacting to it.  

He is very busy testing boundaries at the moment and loving the reactions he is getting.  Thinks it's hilarious!

Now, if he even tries to drink the bathwater I distract with something.

#8 Madeline's Mum

Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:00 PM

My 16 mo does it too, I try not to worry about it, we give him a rinse off in the shower before hand so he isn't filthy. Who knows if they pee in there or not, just think of it as building immunity wink.gif

Now it's the constant standing up in the bath that really worries me!

#9 Diana_Barry

Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:10 PM

Yeah, my DS does it too. We tried discouraging him by saying "yucky!" but of course he thought that was HILARIOUS and now drinks/sucks specifically to get that reaction. I kinda remember sucking on the face washer in the bath as a kid, I lived. I think it's part of learning about water. I've just decided to let it go & not stress. At least the pee is well diluted wink.gif

#10 Born Slippy

Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:15 PM

DD who is 3 still drinks bath water. Amongst my group of parent friends, all children have drank bath water (some past the age of 5). I wouldn't worry about it too much!

Edited by Born Slippy, 13 December 2012 - 08:16 PM.

#11 wallofdodo

Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:16 PM

My guy used to do this. I tried lots of things, in the end he grew out of it.

It only bothered me a little. He was little there was a bit of water, I figured any nasties would be diluted. I drew the line at sucking the face washer and would have a second one for him to suck on.

#12 Unatheowl

Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:17 PM

My dd used to do it too.  She's such a little grub but she lived to tell the tale!  She's over it now.  It will pass.

#13 Cranky Kitten

Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:40 PM

DS does it too. He has a facewasher in the bath mostly to play with as we don't really use it for washing him, so it's not altogether festy.

DD drank the bath water as well, she's fine...it's a kid thing

#14 HurryUpAlready

Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:15 PM

My 10 month old DD loves to drink the bath water. It never occurred to me that I should stop her.

She'll either:

Drink it directly from the bath if she's laying down on her tummy; or

Suck it from the face washer; or

Drink it from the cups she has in there to play with.

Robyn Barker's "Baby Love" book even recommends to give baby the face washer to suck on in the bath if you are worried they haven't had enough to drink.

As long as she hasn't poo'd in the bath, I don't see the problem. What am I missing??

#15 niggles

Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:23 PM

After 4 years of bath water drinking I've recently given up. Clearly it's an elixir of the gods.

#16 jo-v

Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:37 PM

I have very fond memories of chewing the bath sponge, happy days.  biggrin.gif

#17 Paddlepop

Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:58 PM

My DD is almost 3yo and has only recently stopped drinking her bathwater every night. She will still have an occasional sip if she feels like it.

About 6 months ago she would drink so much that her belly would be huge and bulging after her bath. We didn't try to stop her. She's always had a problem with constipation so we figured with the soapy/shampooey bath water that also has epsom salts in it, the worst that could happen was she would poo easily. Actually, if she didn't drink her bath water she would have trouble doing a poo the next day.

She started drinking her bath water at around 12 months old, so we've had about 2 years of bath water drinking here. She's suffered no obvious ill effects!

#18 Bluenomi

Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:34 AM

Meh, I don't see it as an issue. A few germ and bugs will just help her immune system. There is a reason baby bath and shampoos are non toxic!

#19 Soontobegran

Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:46 AM

It's a game they play OP original.gif
You don't need to worry, there will be nothing in normal bath water that will harm your child and they all grow out of it.

#20 Ice Queen

Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:52 AM

QUOTE (HurryUpAlready @ 13/12/2012, 09:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
As long as she hasn't poo'd in the bath, I don't see the problem. What am I missing??

This is me!  Can't say I care too much. I use very little soap and DD only shampoos her hair once a week after bubs is done.  No worse than the handfuls of sand he shoved in his mouth at the beach yesterday  tongue.gif !

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