Post # 1
Showering when DD was younger used to be easy. But now, she’s 8 months old. She’s awake a lot, and she does not take naps that are reliable in length anymore. If she can’t see me, she screams.
So I can let her scream, because girls, I STINK, or…what?
If I put her in the bathroom, she freaks out. If I turn on the tv, she freaks out.
I’ve been wearing the same pajamas for two days in a row, and I want a shower desperately. Help??
Post # 3
@Quietserenity: Do you have a sliding shower door? Like to where you can keep one side open and put her in a swing or a bouncer so she can see you? That’s what I did with my daughter, but sometimes you just have to let them scream. It is good for them to learn to calm themselves down.
Post # 4
Just do it quick. Or do a wash over with a facecloth, if you can’t stand her screaming. When hubby comes home, take a shower then? Or is he away?
Post # 5
Get in the shower as soon as she is asleep. She must nap for at least 15 minutes at some time during the day. Even if she does wake up, it’s not going to be the end of the world if she cries for a couple of minutes. She will be safe in her crib.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
How long do you shower for?! A quick one could really be like only 5 minutes. She doesn’t nap for that long or she can’t cry for even just those couple minutes? :/
Post # 7
I’d put her in the bathroom, take my shower, and let her scream. Probably by the 2nd or 3rd time you do it, she’ll be used to it and won’t scream. You’ve got to be able to shower!
Post # 8
A quick one for me is like 10 minutes. I have a LOT Of hair.
DH is gone from 8am to 8:30 pm M-F. He leaves before she wakes up and gets home after she is asleep 🙁 So, yes, while showering when he gets home is the easiest choice, it also means I miss out on the hour or so I get to see him each day.
Anyway, I was super desperate, so I walked away with her screaming. She cried for about 5 minutes, and then stopped ABRUPTLY so I bolted out of the bathroom to see what was wrong. Turns out, the dog was laying on the floor, next to her pack and play, chewing his bone, and she found that fascinating.
So maybe, on the days she’s being a crappy sleeper, a dog treat+speedy shower will have to do!
Post # 9
@stillme: “I’d put her in the bathroom, take my shower, and let her scream. Probably by the 2nd or 3rd time you do it, she’ll be used to it and won’t scream.”
Agreed. That’s what I’d do. Although it sounds like the dog is quite helpful too!
Post # 10
I have a 4 month old but I hop in the shower about 30 min after I put him down for the night so around 8pm I shower. I want to be sure he is seriously asleep and know that I will have more time to actually enjoy my shower if I do this instead of rushing during nap times. Just an idea. My hair is better if I shower in the morning but I would rather get a good shower in than worry about how perfect my hair is.