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What age to let them bath alone?

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LadyOfWaffle Fri 26-Sep-08 17:46:03

I am still sitting in with DS1 (2.6) although now he seems very independant in the bath. What age do you leave them to it more?

cornsilk Fri 26-Sep-08 17:47:14


LadyOfWaffle Fri 26-Sep-08 17:49:38

wow ok, I need a padded loo seat!

glaskhamhasoneintheoven Fri 26-Sep-08 17:59:24

DS is 3.9 and very good in the bath but when DH left him for 2secs to shout me from the landing i went mental- no way would i leave him yet... maybe from 6+???

brimfull Fri 26-Sep-08 18:01:27

i still stay upstairs and hover and ds is 6

Pawslikepaddington Fri 26-Sep-08 18:03:32

I've been going to the kitchen since dd turned 4, but am always just grabbing my coffee and going back up again. She's v water confident and can swim, I always keep listening to her while I do it, and she's fine.

ComeOVeneer Fri 26-Sep-08 18:04:32

Ds is 3.10, dd is 6.9. They now at their insistance bath seperately. Each has there own bathroom, so I bath them at the same time and pop backwards and forwards between the 2 (on the same floor of the house, unless dd is having a shower, in which case she is one floor up in our bathroom). I tend to monitor ds more closely tbh as he has a tendency to try and saturate the bathroom,eat shampoo etc!

cornsilk Fri 26-Sep-08 18:05:33

My worry is that they'll try to get out and slip.

glaskhamhasoneintheoven Fri 26-Sep-08 18:09:23

yeah i agree cornsilk, and also my DS slides his bum up and down the bath, i also worry he'll fall backwards and hit his head.

nappyaddict Fri 26-Sep-08 18:36:24

i have left ds from about 10 months to bits and pieces upstairs. i never go downstairs though. i wouldn't do that until he was about 4.

SpookyMadMummy Fri 26-Sep-08 18:38:03

My Dd's are almost 7 and 4 1/2. They bathe together and I hover upstairs... its one time I actively encourage them to be noisy! grin

Simplysally Fri 26-Sep-08 18:40:12

My dd is 8 and I tend to sit with her as she likes the company (and to make sure she actually does some washing) but I was happy to leave her alone for a bit from about 5 onwards. I have to hoik her out though as otherwise she'd never get out!

OneBoyOneGirl Fri 26-Sep-08 18:43:15

My DD is also 2.6 and i don't leave her as i know she would definately put the whole contents of every bottle of everything in the bath!! If i do have to leave the room for extra towels etc then i talk to her whilst im getting them.

Martha200 Fri 26-Sep-08 22:34:59

I can't remember where I read it, years ago, but I remember reading something about 5yrs plus was the recommended age for being left alone in the bath, as it doesn't take much for a child to drown even in the bath

My ds is 5 and he likes me in the room to talk to me 'properly' and tbh also like simplysally I can make sure he washes well!

ingles2 Fri 26-Sep-08 22:37:39

my ds's are 7 and 8 and I still sit in the bathroom whilst they're in the the bath. The important stuff seems to come out then.

Nemoandthefishes Fri 26-Sep-08 22:40:58

ds is 5 next month and has been able to swim for about a year so have left him in the bathroom while I dry and dress the dds in the next room but he is usually singing/shouting something..dont think I could go downstairs and leave him jsut yet!!

Flyonthewindscreen Fri 26-Sep-08 22:41:15

My dc are 6 and 4 and I have left them on own once washing has been done (but stay upstairs where I can can hear them) in bath since they were maybe 3 and 5. Actually they complain if I stay - think I cramp their style and inhibit splashing games... smile

cheesesarnie Fri 26-Sep-08 22:45:19

mine are 8,7 and 2.sometimes i leave 8 and 7 year old but am upstairs doing stuff.dont leave 2(almost 3) year old though.all of them like to chat in bath-we have some of our best conversations when theyre in the bath.

FrayedKnot Fri 26-Sep-08 22:51:42

I potter within earshot with DS, he's 4.5.

Would not have left him before he was about 4.

notsoteenagemum Fri 26-Sep-08 23:02:04

I've left them while I potter in their rooms etc from about 2.5 but always in earshot.
DD is 8 and does herself mostly but I check her hair for suds.
DS is 4 and likes me to be his backing singer so I clean the bathroom when he's in there.
As long as you can hear them then I think your ok but I'm an old-fashioned type of girl most people are shocked at my laid back ways.

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