I was on a mothering forum that I’m a member of and one of the other members posted a poll asking if anyone lets their kids [2 years old and older] bathe without the parents in the bathroom.
Most people responded that they would never leave their kids alone in the tub.
This is what I had to say. I’m just going to copy and paste it since it’s stupid to rewrite what I said when I’ve already said it.
We let Cara play by herself.
She freaks out when water is in her ears so the water is probably about three inches deep so when she lays down it doesn’t get in those black holes in her head.
She gets her Crayola bath markers [which ROCK if you haven’t tried them] and I usually either sit in our living room with Ollie or am in her room getting her clothes ready for bed.
That being said, our apartment is maybe 900 square feet and her bathroom is right off of our living room. There are some nights when she demands, “MOMMY WATCH ME PLAY!!!” and some nights when she wants me out of the bathroom. She’s also a very loud bather and I call to her and check on her every few minutes.
I think it’s all about what you’re comfortable with as a parent. Only you know your kid. We haven’t had any near misses with Cara and she always keeps her bottom in the tub so that’s what works for us.
There were two pages worth of replies to this poll so obviously it’s something that people think/talk about. So, I wanted to bring it here to continue the discussion.
Do you let your child play in the bathtub while you’re not in the bathroom?
If you feel the need to write more than just a comment here and want to take it to your own site, let me know and I’ll post your link under this post.