Do you NOT have a bath in your house?
How do you manage with small kids?
, Apr 02 2012 11:25 AM
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:06 PM
We have a bath and it hardly gets used. Both DS 2 1/2 and DS2 6 months have showers. When newborn just hold them, and have partner with a towel ready to take them.
Now my 6 month old can sit up, he just sits on a non slip bath mat in the bottom of the shower with me.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:08 PM
We didn't have a bath when DS was baby, we used a baby bath for a while and then just did showers.
Edited by Divine53, 02 April 2012 - 02:08 PM.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:08 PM
We do have a bath but very very rarely use it. My boys are 4 and 6 and shower instead.
It wouldn't bother me too much not having one at all.
I'm thinking of getting rid of ours when we renovate and doing a big shower instead.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:44 PM
We had a shower/bath when DS was born (renting) and alternated between baths and showers from the start (we didn't get a baby bath). Now, DS is 2.2yrs and the place we live in has a tiny bath that only he can fit in which is nice but really most of the time, he prefers to shower with one of us. On hot summer day we have be known to fill a trug tub (as pp's mentioned 20-30L plastic tub with handles), put it on the back balcony and let him have a "balcony bath" which he thinks is just awesome!
As pp said, a bath can be nice but is definitely not a necessity.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:47 PM
We have a bath but it is basically never used. DS1 showered right from the start as he was terrified of the bath and we have always just used the kitchen sink to bath the others, it's a good height, reasonable size and has plenty of bench space to lay out a towel and get them dressed right next to the tub
Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:49 PM
Yep! We moved here when my youngest was 22 months like yours. Only person that misses the bath would be me!!!
Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:54 PM
we have one like this, DS is 17mths old and we have been living in this rental without a bath since he was 10mths old and that has done has well, DH will shower with him sometimes but mostly use the flexi bath, DD loves helping lol DS loves his bath. sometimes when we are around my parents he goes in there bath as well
Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:55 PM
We had a bath put in almost 6 months ago (our house had previously been modified for a disabled person so had a hobless shower). Because the bathroom is so big I initially had a child's paddling pool (like a clam shell) under the shower (the shower has a detachable head on a lead). Then I used to put DS1 (3.5) in the shower with me and do the newborn at another time in the baby bath, or in the shower as well when he got a bit bigger (usually with no help, it was a bit of a juggling act and I nearly dropped the baby a few times!).
So yeah I'd say a bath is important unless you can shower the kids separately or have a partner to help you. The bath is also good for occupying an older child for a period of time while cooking or cleaning up dinner!
Edited by tigerdog, 02 April 2012 - 02:57 PM.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:57 PM
You can shower a baby..... We have a bath and never use it. We shower all three, often at the same time with one of us.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:02 PM
We shower more than bathe here but I love a bath myself in winter so I would miss it.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:29 PM
We got rid of our bath 18 months ago. Our youngest, now 3.5 years has showers or has baths in the laundry tub which he loves.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:45 PM
We've been here just over 4yrs and have no bathtub. DS2 was born about 9mths after we moved in here LOL
Our house is also a highset house, laundry is downstairs and very basic (laundry tub, washing machine and lots of insects LOL), bathing a baby in the laundry tub was not really an option.
I showered with DS2 from the day we came home from hospital, I also did this alone as DH wasn't able to take time off work and actually went interstate when DS2 was 4days old. I did have a baby bath but I found I used that more once he could sit up and splash around. Our shower is quite long so there was room to have the baby bath in the bottom of the shower and let bub splash around while I showered. The few times I used it before DS2 could sit up I just sat it on top of the bathroom basin, there's just enough room, the bath I used had a plug in the bottom so I was able to just turn it a little bit and drain the water straight into the basin, much better than hurting my back trying to carry a full bath or going back & forth with a jug to empty it.
The older kids love baths but cope just fine with showers, the 3 of them are actually in the shower together right now (yes, unsupervised
LOL). They rarely stay anywhere else, I think they have had maybe 3 or 4 baths in the last 4yrs.
Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:36 AM
We have a bath but we don't even use it. DD prefers to shower. We rarely use the bath in our house at all.
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