7 Tips for Transitioning from Bath to Shower

One of the greatest perks of your child getting older is that they become more involved in their personal hygiene. While baths are easier for infants and young toddlers, the transition from bathing to showering becomes essential the older and the bigger the child becomes. Here are some tips for you to navigate this change with them.

1. Age is Relative

Some kids adapt well to the transition from bath to shower early on. Others prefer to take baths for a longer period of time. No magic number dictates when you should start the transition. The most important factors to consider are how much assistance you'll be able to provide, how independent your child is and how well equipped you can make their bathroom for ease of use.

2. Baby Steps

By the time you start to encourage the transition, your child will likely have spent years taking baths. Showers are uncharted territory and they might not adapt well to it. That considered, it's important not to rush the process. By going slowly and patiently, you'll help them gain the confidence to eventually make the transition permanently.

3. Alternate Between Showering and Bathing

In keeping with the entry above, it's recommended that you ease them into it by introducing the idea of showers gradually. Children are also more likely to warm to the transition if they have a guiding hand showing them the way. Set a goal of one shower a week and increase it until you've phased your child out of bathing. If they ever ask to take a bath instead of a shower, it's a good idea to oblige. They'll feel more secure knowing that bathing is still an option.

4. Set the Example

Many parents have had great success in making the transition by having their children shower with them instead of bathing them. Children are more likely to pick up on a healthy showering routine if they learn by example. Another benefit to showing them how to shower rather than telling them is that you'll boost their confidence in this new practice if you're there to take the step with them.

5. Teach Them How to Clean Themselves

Many kids don't have to think about the steps involved in self-care until the transition from baths to showering. That's because their parents have always been the ones to clean them. However, the older they get, the more crucial it becomes that kids understand how to clean their own bodies. Not only does it boost their independence, but it also fosters good personal hygiene habits.

When you're teaching them how to clean their bodies, make sure to explain how to use soap, how to scrub and how to wash the suds off. Getting colorful sponges and mild children's soap is a wonderful idea to ensure your child is involved in their own self-care.

6. Child-Proofing the Shower

Before you take any steps toward making the transition from bath to shower, make sure you've covered all of your bases regarding safety. The bathroom your child uses shouldn't contain any sharp edges that may harm. Also, any personal toiletries you might have that are easily breakable should be cleared away.

You'll also need to address any potential slippery surfaces. We recommend you use a shower mat--they're incredibly effective for both kids and adults.

7. Safety First

Young children should always shower or bathe under adult supervision. Even if your child is old enough to take a shower all on their own, it's good practice to insist on an open door policy until they're further along in grade school. That means keeping both the bathroom door open and the curtain pulled back enough so you always have a clear line of sight. If you need to jump in to help them with anything, you'll be able to do so immediately.

The transition from bath to shower doesn't happen overnight. Self-care is an important life skill your child will have to master and having you there to lead the way is the best possible approach. With a patient attitude and a guiding hand, you'll be able to make the shift as smooth as possible for your child.