July 02, 2015

Q: I have a boy and a girl who are pretty close in age. My son is 3 1/2, and my daughter is 2. I put them both in the tub for bath time, and recently I was wondering when I should start giving them separate baths. They really enjoy their time in the tub together.

A: It is important to establish bathtub rules from the beginning. Kids can look but not touch. It is important that children learn about “body boundaries” early on, not just for bath time but for all around safety. Generally siblings of opposite genders should start bathing separately around the age of seven or whenever they start grabbing at each other, becoming preoccupied with each others genitals during bath time, or one asks for privacy.

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Answered by Dr. Jenn Berman