At bath time, my child left a layer of silt on the bottom of the tub.
There’s really no following that, is there?
But! I seek your advice! You’ll recall that RR is both dirty and has a “history” with the bathtub. I had a good chuckle when I reread that post, thinking to myself, you fool. Because even though she didn’t like to get into the tub, we still had it made. That’s right. Those were the good times.
She now sits in the tub without acting as though it’s an acid bath and even happily washes her hands, feet and other pertinent parts when asked. But her face? Get her face wet and it’s the scream of a thousand lost souls. It’s the rancor of enraged banshees. It’s wolverines down. your. pants.
She has to have her face washed. I’ve tried covering her eyes with a dry washcloth and she acts like I’m about to waterboard her which, in turn, practically ends up happening due to her violent reaction to having her face covered in the bath. We’ve got some handy, flexy pink plastic pitcher which contours around her head just as it’s supposed to in order to keep the bulk of the water out of her eyes. But she has hair. I have to wash it. Water runs down into her eyes. Wolverines.
I’m pretty sure that getting her to like water in her face is a moot point. So, since she’s not old enough to understand leaning forward, I thought I’d tip her back so that water in her hair doesn’t touch her face (which I would then wipe delicately with a gossamer tissue soaked with the tears of angels). Any tips on how to do this without her flailing in panic? She and the bath have just gotten on speaking terms really, and she’s deeply mistrustful of wet in general. Your tips on the last bathing post worked so well (December = Panic!/April = Happy!) that I hope you can come through with thoughts about washing hair/face without dramatics. The baby’s dramatics, not yours (though if you have dramatic commentary, by all means, go ahead)!