What Age Should Your Child Start Bathing Himself?

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 by 3 Comments
What Age Should Your Child Start Bathing Himself?

Mom’s everywhere want to know the answer to the question, “What age do I stop bathing my child?” I know it’s a question that I had no answer to, but there are a few ways to determine when is the appropriate to let children start giving themselves a bath.

Is your child old enough to be safe to be left alone in the shower? Can you comfortably and safely leave your child unattended in the shower or is there a danger that your child would horse around and fall. Or are they young enough to be startled if left alone? Would they know how to not inhale/swallow the water? Is your child tall enough to easily be able to get himself in and out of the tub? Remember, it only takes a second and a person can drown in a teaspoon of water.

Is your child old enough to know how to hygienically wash himself adequately? Does your child know the proper way to wash his body to make sure that everything is clean? Are they responsible enough to be trusted to take the time to do so?

Is your child old enough to feel embarrassed or uncomfortable if showered by you? If your child seems to get embarrassed when you shower him, he may be getting too old for you to bathe him. If you feel they are still too young to be left alone in the bathroom for safety reasons, perhaps letting them shower alone while you sit in the bathroom on the other side of the curtain will be a solution for both of you.

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Deborah Cruz

Deborah Cruz, aka Truthful Mommy, is the creator of the magic that is The TRUTH about Motherhood. She is a wife, a writer, fashionista, and semi-crunchy, work-at-home Ninja Mommy living in the Midwest with her two beautiful girls and her husband. Waiting on her children in pick up lines, she can likely be found chirping on Twitter and engaging on Facebook

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  • Julie C.

    I have a younger child who loves to play in the bath and I am trying to get him to wash himself properly. And I have an older one who is all business now since I insisted he is old enough to wash daily — so he’s in and out of the shower in under 10 minutes.

    It depends on the maturity of the child, and for sure you need to know they are cleaning all of their parts effectively!

  • http://www.thingsicantsay.com Shell

    I want that age to be NOW, but I have to make sure my boys are actually get clean. I think my 7 y/o is getting close to not needing any inspection.

  • http://adoptivelegacy.com MeLisa

    I have 6 kids and it was different for each of them. Generally around 1st or second grade they’re on their own, accept for some help with the hair. I still have to scrub the tweens hair occasionally if it’s greasy and full of dandruff. I just make them wear their swimsuits so everyone can keep their modesty intact!