What If Baby Hates Baths?
Some babies absolutely love taking a bath. Others not so much. "If your baby hates the tub, don't force him to stay in the water," says Dr. Jennifer Shu. Instead, put him on a blanket or a towel and use a damp, warm washcloth to clean his face and body. Work on one body part at a time and keep the rest of him covered. Ease him back into the tub routine slowly. You might buy a few bathtime-only toys so he gets excited to play with something new. First, let him watch as you dunk the toys into the bathwater. After a few minutes, let the toys float and see if he reaches for them; if he does, try dipping his feet then his legs into the tub. "Babies aren't naturally afraid of the water," says Dr. Shu. "But they can be scared of the noise of running water or if water gets in their eyes." Fill the tub when he's out of the room, and be extra careful when you wash his face.
Originally published in the November 2008 issue of Parents magazine.