My daughter screams everytime my husband or I give her a bath, doesn't matter if we sit in there with her or not, this has been going on for over 6 months... any idea why or have suggestions to make her more comfortable in the water?
I spent the first two years of my now-8 year old's life dreading bathtime. I needed my husband with me - one of us to hold him down, the other to rinse him off. Then, at about 2.5, the summer came 'round and we took him to the swimming pool. He took to it like a 'duck to water'! He loved the pool- kicking, splashing, and paddling around in his little tube. And from then on, he had absolutely no problem with the bathtime - now it's next-to-impossible for me to get him out!
Had a friend just recently experience this for a few weeks, not 6 months! Can only imagine your frustration. She and her husband tried it all...getting in the tub with their son, new toys, bubbles, books about baths, switching to a, "fun shower with Dad" etc. Finally, what worked for them...M&M's. He got one for getting in the tub. One for sitting down and a reward for washing, then for getting his hair washed etc. Know it's not the best especially before bed, so another "treat" might be better, but it worked. They got him in there and he likes the bath again. Now they just slow down on the M&M's a bit. Hope this helps.
My trick to getting my children to bathe has always been to bathe with them...as soon as the umblical cord stump fell off -- into the bath with Mommy or Daddy they'd go. (Temp adjusted for their safety of course)
I think it's the comfort of having Mommy and Daddy close-by that helped...maybe you could try hopping in the tub with her and setting her on your lap?? Take it slow...maybe feed her by breast or bottle while she's in the tub...sing quietly...smile a lot...