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When to let child bathe alone?

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Passthesalt1 Thu 01-Jun-17 16:36:56

My ds 6 and dd 5 have baths and showers, ds doesn't want us in the bathroom mostly because he says he wants to relax in the bath or play and dd likes to play for 25 mins or so with Barbies.

Ds I just sit in the bedroom and talk to him every few mins, my bedrooms right next to the bathroom so I can keep an eye but dd wants to be alone as well, I don't feel comfortable and although nothing has happened I know it only takes a few seconds.

What does everyone else do?

PurpleDragon76 Thu 01-Jun-17 16:42:41

Since mine were about 4 I have left them in the bath for several mins but just shouted out a "You OK *?" and a quick shout back and carry on leaving them to it. They aren't allowed to lock the door and have to leave it ajar. They can both swim and don't bave deep baths. Showers I am happy to leave them longer. For me its keeping an ear out, I wouldn't go and hang the washing at the end of the garden for half an hour as wouldn't hear a thud or be able to shout out.

VimFuego101 Thu 01-Jun-17 16:43:12

I let DS5 bath alone with the door open. He likes to splash and sing though, so I can hear that he's ok.

PurpleDragon76 Thu 01-Jun-17 16:43:23

Ps, mine is a new build and I can hear everything in the house anyway 😂

steff13 Thu 01-Jun-17 16:48:47

My daughter is 6, I leave her in the tub by herself, but I stay on the same floor of the house. Usually I lay on my bed and read, and just call out to her periodically (if I can't hear her). Our bedroom is right across the hall from the bathroom. I sometimes do things in the kitchen, which is down the hall from the bathroom, but I can still hear her and call out to her if I can't.

Coddiwomple Thu 01-Jun-17 16:49:12

let my youngest (alone) from 3-ish, but just used that time to fold laundry or something right next door to keep an eye on them. Silence or too much splashing and I am there in 3 seconds top because I am a bit nervous .All mine know not to try to leave the bath on their own.

To be fair, there's usually much singing or playing, so it's not as dangerous as it sound I guess.

Mrsglitterfairy Thu 01-Jun-17 16:57:22

Mine are 5 and 9 and have been alone in the bathroom since they were prob about 4. My bathroom is downstairs (strange I know) and they leave the door open and we chat while they're in there but I also potter about doing other stuff

Gatehouse77 Thu 01-Jun-17 17:03:45

I think I left mine from about 4ish but I was upstairs, usually putting laundry away 🙄, and would poke my head in now and again. If there was more than one in at a time then I might pop down to make a cup of tea. And then I would go in to actually wash them. So they weren't left for any long periods of time.

NotAnotherUserName5 Thu 01-Jun-17 17:05:26

I have left all mine with the door open from about age 5. I'm within earshot and can hear playing. I give my 5 year old a clean and shampoo her hair and then let her play for 10 minutes or so.

notanevilstepmother Thu 01-Jun-17 17:07:31

I think a 6 year old can safely shower unsupervised, within reason and as long as you can hear if she slips over or something, although my main issue would be if she can rinse the shampoo out properly if she has long or thick hair (DSD wanted help with rinsing a bit older than that, maybe 8?)

zukiecat Thu 01-Jun-17 17:08:44

My DDs are both in their 20's now so it's hard to remember exactly when I first started leaving them alone in the bath

I think they were both around 9/10 though

Passthesalt1 Thu 01-Jun-17 17:12:25

Phew I thought I was being unreasonable but guess I'm doing just right. I'll see how dd gets on. Thank you guys x

StripyHorse Thu 01-Jun-17 19:09:42

Strange, I was contemplating posting this very same question today. I usually even stay in the bathroom with dd1 (age 9) and think this is too much but didn't quite know when to stop. In fairness they don't let me bath alone either 😐

MrGrumpy01 Thu 01-Jun-17 19:30:30

I potter in and out with the 5yr old.

The 9yr old needs full supervision. (Asd)

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