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New bathroom- to install a shower and lose bath, is this selfish? WWYD?

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ppandj Fri 12-Jun-15 06:22:43


We have just moved into our new house with our 7 wo DS. When we bought the house we knew it needed a new bathroom doing and budgeted for this, but since living here have discovered that the bathroom configuration is totally unworkable. It is a tiny bathroom and currently has a minute bath with a shower attachment with WC and a mini sink.

As the adults of the home, the bath is so small it is pointless and the shower is a pain because you have to sit in the bath and wash hair with the attachment. We are currently bathing DS in his baby bath and he appears to like being in the water a lot! However, looking at our tiny bathroom I am unsure how we could bath him in the bathroom when he gets a bit bigger (bath too small for either of us to go in it with him and room too small to be able to bath him comfortably without hitting head on sink).

As I said, we knew we needed to do the bathroom eventually but hadn't realised quite how small the room was! We have been toying with the idea of getting rid of the bath and putting a long-ish shower cubicle in to make it more spacious but are worried about showering DS and any future DCs. My mum lives on the next street and PIL are close by- both have lovely baths which we could use occasionally.

Are we being mean to get rid of the bath? Will DS mind not having bath time every night and some nights having shower time instead? Once he is older will he also face this problem with the bath and wish we had a proper shower? Help!

SoupDragon Fri 12-Jun-15 07:03:18

It's not mean but, with a small child, it is very impractical.

LostMySocks Fri 12-Jun-15 08:06:39

It may be worth going somewhere like home base and getting a free bathroom consultation in case they have any ideas. Or a local firm?

SoupDragon Fri 12-Jun-15 08:07:54

Is there scope to extend the bathroom by sealing some space from a room next to it?

ICanTuckMyBoobsInMyPockets Fri 12-Jun-15 08:15:23

I don't think you need a bath.

If you get a long cubicle you could fit a baby bath in it.

My DS has preferred to have a 'big boy' shower since he turned 2. It's actually much easier for us and less time consuming.

SomedayMyPrinceWillCome Fri 12-Jun-15 08:44:17

On holiday recently we stayed in a caravan that had a shower but no bath. The shower tray was deeper than most & so with a (travel) plug we created a "bath" in the shower tray.
Our DS in nearly 3 (but v tall) & this worked well

car0line123 Fri 12-Jun-15 08:44:34

Children get used to everything and can be happy with anything, there is no rule about bath - they just happen to be easier for parents!

What a bout a good non-slippery cushioned mat, and a shower head specific for your lo? The adults ones are too high, but a lower one that keeps them warm whilst they play on the mat shower are much better
something like that:
www (dot) amazon (dot) com/Rinse-Ace-3901-Showerhead-Quick-Connect/dp/B004VLJPMI

It is just about getting used to it.

AlpacaMyBags Fri 12-Jun-15 08:59:33

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sebsmummy1 Fri 12-Jun-15 09:01:23

I agree about reselling. It would hugely put me off if the bathroom only had a shower. I love my baths!! am laying in one now

ppandj Fri 12-Jun-15 09:45:40

Thank you MN! Our long term plan is to do a loft conversion and create another bedroom and 2nd bathroom up there (similar to our neighbour's) but that's a long way off- would solve the reselling issue but not the baths while DS is little. Plus we are hoping to stay put here for a v long time/indefinitely!

Have been told of idyllic, precious bath time moments and worried about missing out on these. I think the plan of going to get a professional to have a look is a good idea, as I really would like to keep a bath ideally. Failing that I like the idea of a child friendly shower head and mat!

Thank you for advicesmile. If anyone knows a good outfit for bathrooms in the Humberside/East Yorkshire region please do share x

Mutley77 Fri 12-Jun-15 13:40:08

Our youngest mostly has showers as that's what the older dc do! It's absolutely fine for her and tbh by bedtime I am more than happy for a quick shower than playing in the bath. .! But she is dc3, you may be more keen for precious bath times with dc1.

QforCucumber Fri 12-Jun-15 13:54:48

It is worth getting some bathroom design ideas if you have your measurements,

you might be able to have a corner bath in there or something similar whic may resolve the space issue.

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