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What should I do if my child is afraid of bath time or water?

Hi everyone,

I am a mother of a 2-year-old boy who seems to be terrified of bath time and water in general. He starts crying as soon as I mention the word "bath" and refuses to get near any body of water. This has made bath time a stressful experience for both him and me. I have tried different tactics such as making bath time playful with toys, singing songs, and even buying a new bath tub with different colors and patterns. Unfortunately, nothing seems to be working.

I am at a loss for what to do next and would really appreciate any advice or tips on how to make bath time less terrifying for my son. Thank you in advance for your help.

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Hi there,

I had a similar experience with my 3-year-old son when he suddenly developed a fear of bath time and water. As a mom, I was really concerned and became anxious that he was getting uncomfortable around anything water-related.

To help him overcome his fear, I did some research and discovered that showing children videos that feature their favorite cartoon characters or nursery rhymes having bath time can be helpful. I found some fun videos online that he really enjoyed watching and singing along to and eventually started to associate water and bath time with positive experiences.

Also, I gradually introduced new and brightly colored bath toys since they can help stimulate children's natural curiosity and distract them from the water's fear. I chose interesting and amusing toys which would make him feel excited to enter the tub.

Lastly, talking to my son about what he's afraid of and taking everything slowly and steadily helped. Some kids can easily get overwhelmed, and it's important not to push them too hard to get in the tub.

Overall, it takes time and continual patience to help a child overcome a fear of bath time or anything else. Be supportive and understanding and try new things until you land on a routine that best suits your child. It will get better with time.

Best of luck to you all.



I went through a similar experience with my son when he was around 4 years old. He developed a fear of water due to a near-drowning experience that he had, and getting him to take a bath became a real challenge.

One thing that worked well for us was to be patient and understanding. We acknowledged his fears and let him know that we understood how he felt. We read him books with characters who were scared of water and how they overcame their fears, which helped him to empathize and relate.

We also tried to normalize bath time and make it a part of his routine. We would let him know in advance that bath time was coming up, and try to make the experience as seamless as possible. We would let him choose his toys and bath products, which helped him feel more in control.

Moreover, we found that distracting him was useful. We would ask him to count the tiles on the wall or play his favorite game while we washed him. This would divert his attention from the water and put him at ease.

It's important to be aware that it might take some time and different approaches to overcome this fear completely. But with patience, consistency, and understanding, you'll eventually be able to find what works best for your child.

Good luck, and stay positive!


Hi there,

I totally understand how you feel. My daughter went through the exact same thing when she was younger and it was quite stressful for both of us. One thing that worked for us was to start slow. We would start with just a sponge bath instead of a full bath. Then we would gradually introduce more water until she was comfortable enough to take a full bath.

Another thing that worked was introducing a toy that she only got to play with during bath time. It made her look forward to bath time and was a good distraction from any fears she had. We even let her bring the toy out of the bath and play with it after bath time was over.

Lastly, we found it helpful to talk to her about what was happening and why it was important to stay clean. We would explain that we all need to take baths to stay healthy and clean and that it was a part of normal daily routine. It helped her understand that there was nothing to be afraid of.

I hope these tips help you as well. Just remember that every child is different and it may take some time to find what works best for your son. Good luck!


Hello everyone,

I've been in a similar situation with my little one who had a fear of water and bath time. Initially, we tried taking playful approaches by using bath toys and bath bombs with colorful bubbles, but they didn't seem to work.

One thing that did help was to slowly introduce a reward system. We created a visual chart with stickers and offered him small rewards after each bath time if it went without any fuss. The rewards were simple like a few minutes of extra playtime or a sweet snack, but they worked wonders in getting him excited about taking a bath.

Additionally, we found that distraction plays a huge part in overcoming bath time fears. We started storytelling while washing his hair, and we would let him be the main character of the story. This would divert his mind from the water and help him relax.

Finally, we made sure to always wash him with lukewarm water. Sometimes water that's too hot or too cold can make the child more uncomfortable and afraid. We also made sure the bathroom's temperature is not too cold, which could be a contributing factor to the fear.

Keep in mind, every child is different, and what works for one may not work for another. It may take a while to find the right approach, but with patience, love, and consistency, your child will overcome their fear of water and bath time.

I hope my experience helps you all. Good luck!


Hi there,

I can understand how difficult it is to deal with the fear of water when it comes to bath time. My son also went through a similar phase when he was around 3 years old. This lasted for a couple of weeks, and I must admit it was quite tiring for both of us.

What worked for us was to make bath time fun and engaging. We would buy bath paints and markers, and let him draw on the tub walls while taking bath. This was a great distraction and he enjoyed messing around with colors more than concentrating on the water.

We also introduced bubble baths, and used bath bombs that fizz and created bubbles to turn bath time into a fun experience. Additionally, playing his favorite songs and singing along helped to calm him down, and he was less afraid of water.

Lastly, creating a consistent routine around bath time had helped. We would make it a point to have bath time at the same time every night, which made it more predictable and less scary.

I hope this helps! Remember, it's important to be patient and try different things to figure out what works best for your child. Good luck!


Hey there,

I can relate to your situation since I also went through this phase with my daughter when she was around 2 years old. She would always cry and refuse to take baths, and it was quite challenging to convince her.

However, what worked for us was to create a positive image of the water. We would take her to the beach and let her play in the sand and water. This helped her get used to the idea of the water without any pressure to bathe. Eventually, she became more comfortable being in the water and would associate it with a happy experience.

We also found that using a bath seat helped her feel more secure. The seat prevented her from slipping under the water and gave her a feeling of being in control. We started with just a small amount of water and gradually increased it as she became more comfortable.

Another thing that worked well for us was to make the bath time routine a bit more predictable. We would give her a warning about bath time coming up, which gave her time to mentally prepare. We would also get her involved in the process, such as letting her choose which soap or shampoo to use.

Overall, what worked best for us was a combination of positive reinforcement, patience, and consistency. I hope this helps, and good luck!

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