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so can someone tell me what's so important about this?

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nappyaddict Mon 27-Aug-07 14:48:01

the other day i stayed at a friend's house with ds and we gave him and her dd a bath together. she went to get all the towels so i ran the bath. now when i run a bath for myself i but the hot in then the cold, and i just automatically do the same for ds. she noticed, freaked out saying you must put the cold in first, let all the water out and started again. so wtf was that all about?!

Angeliz Mon 27-Aug-07 14:48:57

Sometimes hot water is very hot and if a child fell in they'd get burned!

BBBee Mon 27-Aug-07 14:49:15

don't know. I do what you do.

Brangelina Mon 27-Aug-07 14:49:59

Duh, wasting water? Sounds daft to me...

FLIER Mon 27-Aug-07 14:50:01

It says you should do that in one of the babycare books,might have been miriam stoppard, or what to expect........
I run hot tap first, too.

BBBee Mon 27-Aug-07 14:50:04

if you are standin gby a bath runnin git how could a child fall in? Maybe she was worried the water won't mix or something.

Bit OTT though!

tribpot Mon 27-Aug-07 14:50:12

That's bizarre. I know for safety reasons they suggest you run the cold first and then top up with hot (i.e. if a little one jumps in unexpectedly they will be cold but not potentially hurt by hot water) but to suggest that once it was run there was any distinguishable difference is mad.

maisemor Mon 27-Aug-07 14:51:18

Ha, ha crazy woman grin (your friend not you).

I run the hot first. However, I did read that you are meant to run the cold tap first, as it is easier to control the temperature that way.

Waste of hot water in my opinion. She should be ashamed of contributing to the water shortage grin.

quadrophenia Mon 27-Aug-07 14:51:52

it is one of those safety things you are told whenn you first have a babay. mainly i guess because a child could try and get in a running bath and if you get into the habit of running cold first then you are avoiding a potential accident.

quadrophenia Mon 27-Aug-07 14:52:28


smeeinit Mon 27-Aug-07 14:53:49

the children wernt in the bath were they?
dont see the problem with it if the kiddies were out of the bath! hmm
strange friend! grin

nappyaddict Mon 27-Aug-07 15:10:45

no children were downstairs playing so nowhere near the bath!! i've tried adding hot water to cold before when i've ran the bath without realising there was any hot water. it took forever!!

Angeliz Mon 27-Aug-07 15:14:00

I usually just put a small amount of cold in first. Just makes sense to me.

littlelapin Mon 27-Aug-07 15:16:34

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

sweetkitty Mon 27-Aug-07 15:18:46

Sounds a bit mad to me bit dramatic taking the plug out and starting again. If the kids were nowhere near the bath don't see the problem.

I run both together DDs nowhere near it until bath has been run fully.

tissy Mon 27-Aug-07 15:19:31

...if you run the hot in first, you tend to get loads more steam, as well.

I run hot and cold together- hot a bit faster than cold, so that the water is about the right temperature for dd to get in.

She usually climbs in, protests that it's "burning hot" (it isn't, honest!), then turns the cold tap on full blast until it's "just right"- i.e. freezing!

deaconblue Mon 27-Aug-07 18:44:55

It's definitely because of the child scalding themselves - Jordan's son Harvey got in bath and poured the hot tap and got bad burns. Best to run both at the same time when kids are around

deaconblue Mon 27-Aug-07 18:46:00

having said that I wouldn't have poured the water out and started again, that was weird.

MaryAnnSingleton Mon 27-Aug-07 18:47:47

yes, that was weird - maybe she was emphasising the point to you, nappy ? I just do hot water then cold btw.

pipsqueeke Mon 27-Aug-07 18:49:36

yes agree it's to stop the scalding fwiw we do them both together - cold more thou, then test the water (yes I still do that at 18 monhts old!) if it turns out that more hot is needed than cold the cold gets turned off - BUT DS has a habit of holding on to the tap (ours on the bath come from one) so I make sure cold goes thru after so the tap feels cold if that makes sence?

totaleclipse Mon 27-Aug-07 18:50:50

I always run both taps at the same time, and adjust accordingly.

Dabbles Mon 27-Aug-07 19:05:05

It suppsed to stop u getting 'hot spots' in the bath as well.

nappyaddict Tue 28-Aug-07 00:19:07

ok obviously i can see the logic in it if the child is around and old enough to be able to climb in the bath by themselves.

fwiw which is more environmentally friendly? i'd love to throw that back at her just so i can be a eensy bit right if i can grin

SofiaAmes Tue 28-Aug-07 05:40:03

well here in america we have this great invention called warm water...that's usually what I put in my kids' run hot and cold at same time so that warm comes out the spout. Then I put the kids in the bath while the tap is still running. It's fun for them and saves time for me.

sandcastles Tue 28-Aug-07 06:47:52

My sister used to run hot, then cold. Until the day her ds got the older dds step, put it upto the bath & leant over & plunged his arms into scalding hot water. My sister was in the hall getting his towel. It happened that quick. He is scared for life.

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