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20/07/2013 at 12:55
Hi all, firstly sorry for my rare and sporadic posts. I will be here and contributing more often in the future (hopefully)!
I posted here a while ago before buying our current house as I was concerned about the lack of bath in the bathroom and responses were mixed. We decided to go for it anyway and make modifications to what is currently a good size walk in shower.
As we are moving closer towards TTC plans we wanted to get see about getting something sorted. This morning we had a builder round and have found out that there's really no option of fitting in a bath due to various issues. The only way of making any adjustments is to have a full on extension and remove the conservatory to accommodate that, then fit a new kitchen and bathroom suite after extending. All of that seems unnecessary and overly expensive just to get a bath in that me and hub will never use and is purely for family purposes. Now my hubby is so worried about a potential problem in a future bath/bed time routine he is talking about moving again!
Can anyone please reassure me (him) that babies/small children are fine having a bath and bed routine that involves just a shower? Thanks in advance.
20/07/2013 at 13:06
I don't have any personal experience but I'm sure that you will cope. While they are little you can put a baby bath in the shower anyway, and beyond that it will be fine, because that will just be the norm in your house. What you would have to do to get a bath in does sound extreme and very costly, as does moving again! Try not to worry about it, it'll all work out fine I'm sure x
20/07/2013 at 13:35
Thanks lovely, I am sure a baby bath would be fine but hubs is fretting.
I think he wants everything to be as perfect as possible because he had such a shitty childhood and never had anyone giving him a bath and story time. It seems to be weighing on him and it's making me worry too that our house won't be right!
20/07/2013 at 13:45
Obviously I can't speak for older children but we don't do bath and bed every night because of O's eczema and he sleeps very well. We do other things like baby massage and then usually a story.
As long as you have a sink you'll be fine
20/07/2013 at 13:47
Ahh that's really sad. I'm sure your babies will have a wonderful childhood with or without a bath xx
20/07/2013 at 13:57
I'd get a decent sized baby bath (m&p do a good one) and once they're a toddler they'll no doubt love showers. It'll be fine
20/07/2013 at 14:51
Is the bathroom really not big enough to accommodate a bath? Is it worth getting a second opinion from a different builder?
If not I'm sure it'll be fine as others have said.
20/07/2013 at 16:29
Hatters that's what my mum says too!
Reb it seems it isn't. According to the guy today due to the location of the boiler and pipes apparently it wouldn't fit as there has to be a certain distance between the boiler and anything else. The boiler is in a cupboard next to the bathroom so we were thinking we could punch through and use some of that space but he reckons the dimensions won't work. Might have to get a second opinion if OH is still worried. I reckon when he sees the costs of any rennovations he will soon stop fretting!
21/07/2013 at 09:43
I really wouldn't worry. Up to six months at least you'll be fine with a big baby bath. The old fashioned ones are so big I was still bring bathed in it at five or six and it was lovely in front of the fire in the winter.
Like HT we don't bath e every night and when she was newborn we were advised onset a week with top and tail between was much better for her delicate skin. Now at six months, she gets so excited its not something that settles her at all. Usually we bath out of necessity with weaning or excessive nappies and ive recently found a shower a lot easier and effective than letting her sit in crumbs and poop. She doesn't mind at all. I wouldn't say it's impacted on her sleep tbh.
21/07/2013 at 10:02
I really don't think a bath is necessary. We don't bathe E every night either, it's good for their skin. It's only since she became mobile that we've really needed to wash her more often.
If it really bothers your H, would it be an option to see if you could get a deeper shower tray? Kids don't need a lot of water and that would be way cheaper than an extension!
21/07/2013 at 10:49
We have a bath and a shower cabinet and mine both prefer showers. They are 3&5, but have been having showers for years now. I bathed them in the sink when tiny. They can sit up a d have a splash, play with cups etc.
22/07/2013 at 07:54
Thanks for the advice ladies. It seems there is nothing to fuss over right now then and anything we might need can be sorted further down the line. Cheers!
22/07/2013 at 09:37
We don't have a bath in our house either and I haven't even thought of it posing a problem with baby. The only reason I want to get a new bathroom is purely so I can enjoy a lovely bath every now and again! haha It's not something we are planning on changing though so baby will be in a baby bath and then in the shower when they get a little older :)
22/07/2013 at 09:49
We only have a shower and am due in 2 weeks, we have bought a decent sh sized baby bath to use initially but will be moving onto showers (in theory) within a matter of months. I really don't see it as being an issue for us so hopefully you will find the same.
22/07/2013 at 09:50
Our bathroom is tiny so we don't use the bath for A. We just have a baby bath that we fill up with the shower and then carry it onto the landing and bath her there.
22/07/2013 at 10:07
if your husbands issue is the routine part, then cant you reassure him that baby will have a set routine that works for you guys and make the routine the special part, rather than the bath part
22/07/2013 at 10:17
We have this: www.amazon.co.uk/.../ref=sr_1_1 and it's BRILLIANT. It might fit in your shower, if your shower is big. You can deflate it afterwards and stick it on the wall to dry. A is a big 6 month old and sits in it, I'm sure he will be able to use it for ages yet (it says up to 2 years) and when he does finally outgrow it he'll be old enough to shower (although we do have a bath).
22/07/2013 at 21:11
Thanks Saisi that looks awesome! I think something like that would fit in our shower or if not then the bathroom floor will be fine.
Cheers everyone for the advice, I think both our minds are now at rest over that particular issue. Just a billion other things to think about now.
22/07/2013 at 21:29
A is 5 months and we currently bath him in the baby bath in the big bath, so I imagine you could do the same with the baby bath sitting in the shower. When we were on holiday last month we just bathed him in the kitchen sink and he didn't mind at all!
Up until about 3 months he was only bathed once/twice a week with the baby bath in the living room anyway.
I'm sure it'll be fine. I think kids go with whatever is normal in their house, the baby won't miss having a bath and you can just make up your own bedtime routine to suit what you have.
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