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Child too heavy to lift into bath

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Boomerwang Wed 26-Oct-16 18:42:04

This might sound like an odd question but how would I get my 4 year old into the bath if I couldn't lift her? She's getting too heavy for me to lift and I have quite a deep bath. I can obviously put a step on the outside, but what of the inside? Would a grab rail suffice? I use a bath mat so she doesn't slip in the bath but I'm worried she just isn't tall enough to lift her leg up and over the side to get back out.

bottleofredplease Wed 26-Oct-16 18:43:23

Really hmm

Sweets101 Wed 26-Oct-16 18:43:41

I put my hands under their armpits/top of their arms and hold on to them/ease them up whilst they climb in themselves

bottleofredplease Wed 26-Oct-16 18:43:57

Really? hmm (I meant)

Seeline Wed 26-Oct-16 18:44:02

Ours used to sit on the side and turn whilst sitting (so swing their legs over the edge), while I was holding what I could of them grin

ineedamoreadultieradult Wed 26-Oct-16 18:46:23

My DS has always been small for his age and he managed to get in and out alone since about 3/4. Have you tried?

Stevefromstevenage Wed 26-Oct-16 18:47:03

Yes sit on the edge of the bath and turn over to the step while you support them if you can. I presume you have physical limitations that prevent you lifting her so I guess it might be worth putting some anti slip stickers on the side to help.

Thebookswereherfriends Wed 26-Oct-16 18:48:14

Get a plastic step stool to put in the bath.

Thefitfatty Wed 26-Oct-16 18:49:08

How high are the sides of your bath? My 3 year old can get out and in on her own and has for at least 6 months?

Rhythmsticks Wed 26-Oct-16 18:49:09

Why can't they just climb in and out by themself?

Mine could get in and out the bath on their own by the time they were 2yo?

PurpleBoot Wed 26-Oct-16 18:58:12

This sort of thing (not necessarily in teak, ours is plastic!) helps my 15 year old DD who has SN get in and out of the bath. Maybe it might help??

Boomerwang Wed 26-Oct-16 21:16:29

Purple does he sit on that? I wondered if a plastic one would be strong enough to allow my daughter to sit on it and swing her legs over.

I don't get some of the comments? I have a high sided bath and if my daughter tried to step out of it she'd have the edge rammed up her fanjo whilst falling the last couple of inches. I don't want it to be so difficult for her. She's about 30kgs that's not light.

BusStopBetty Wed 26-Oct-16 21:20:40

How tall is she? That's quite a high weight for a 4 year old.

lljkk Wed 26-Oct-16 21:21:21

DS is almost 9yo & still well under 30 kg. No he's not noticeably small.

Titsalinabumsquash Wed 26-Oct-16 21:23:22

My 12 year old son is less than 30kg!! I don't get this post.

StarUtopia Wed 26-Oct-16 21:25:53

She's 4 and a half 4???!

My daughter is 3 stone and on the 75% percentile (she is 75% for height tho too)

Are you sure that's right?

IKEA step stool. My 4 yr old gets herself in and out.

blueskyinmarch Wed 26-Oct-16 21:27:38

Gosh she is heavy for age 4. Could you use a step on the outside then help her over the rim and into the bath?

cece Wed 26-Oct-16 21:28:24

30 kg is about 4 and half stone! My 7 and half year old is only 3 stone 11 pounds and is an average size for his age. She does sound rather large for 4 years old. I would also suggest that most 4 year olds (barring no SEN) can get in and out of the bath on their own or with very little assistance.

NoCapes Wed 26-Oct-16 21:30:01

I think I'd be more concerned about the obese child than the bath arrangements tbh hmm

Nearly 5 stone at 4?!

Ellieboolou27 Wed 26-Oct-16 21:30:30

30kg is very heavy for a 4 year old, however I put my hands under my 4 year olds arms and she's swings leg over as I'm helping. Drain water in the bath first and dry her so she's less likely to slip if your bath is deep

idontlikealdi Wed 26-Oct-16 21:31:29

30kg at 4, is that right?

We have a very very deep Bath and DTs use a step to climb in and sit on the side to get out swinging their legs over on to the step.

They're 5.5 and both under 15kg.

BusStopBetty Wed 26-Oct-16 21:31:37

To be fair, we have a high sided bath and it was a struggle for a tall child until recently - not helped by a shower screen making it tricky to swivel, but 30kg is a hefty weight to lift.

TataEs Wed 26-Oct-16 21:35:12

my 4yo hurdles the side of the bath both in and out... why can't she do it herself?
i could lift him tho. i do lift him into his top bunk...above my head.
this is weird... are there SN going on here? i can't envision in what scenario a 4yo hasn't already done this at least once... my 1yo can climb out, tho it needs heavy supervision!

Ellieboolou27 Wed 26-Oct-16 21:40:04

30kg is almost double the size of my 4 year old dd, does your dd have a health condition? If so you could get a bath aid, steps or rail that would help you and your back.
Failing that you could drain the bath and dry her in it then put hands under her armpits to help her step out.

TheSnorkMaidenReturns Wed 26-Oct-16 21:40:22

My oldest child has severe dyspraxia and has really struggled with getting in and out of bath, but he only reached 30kg at about 12. He's not underweight either, safely within healthy range. He always used a step to get in and out of bath due to his poor coordination and fear of slipping.

Is there a medical reason she is so heavy at her age? I can imagine it must be hard for undeveloped muscles to control that amount of weight, especially in the wet edge of a bath.

Maybe showers for now and you help her keen her weight down as she grows upwards? Assuming there is no medical reason for her heaviness, of course. If there is, you need to ask for hep for hoists, etc so you don't damage your back as she grows older.

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