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16 Responses to The Family Shower

  1. Melissa  

    I love this! I started showering with my daughter as a newborn out of necessity: I had no help or co parent for her first 8 months. Now that I have the option to bathe alone, I still end up sharing this time with her more often than not, and it’s relaxing for both of us. She often refuses a solo bath at our scheduled bath time, but never turns an opportunity to hop in with me!

  2. Claire  

    Personally, Peanut showers with myself and my husband on a daily basis. I don’t honestly know how I’d get a shower in without it! She loves do “shower-bath” which means she plugs the tub up while I’m showering so there’s water in the bottom. If we could all shower together, we would, but sadly our tub is pathetically small, so my husband and I don’t even shower together as often as we did in our previous house. When this baby comes, I’m sure that he/she will be incorporated into mine and Peanut’s showers. 😀

    My husband did bring up the topic the other day of when does he have to stop taking baths/showers with Peanut. I think at the age when she starts showing a need for privacy that she’ll probably stop asking to get in with us. I don’t think that burdens her like that lady said in the article you linked to. I think it’ll be obvious when she starts feeling uncomfortable and she won’t necessarily have to speak it out loud.

  3. E.way

    We have always showered/bathed together. We dont even think about it, it’s just a normal thing that happens on a daily base. No second thought is wasted on it, when its shower/bath time we all go in the bathroom and clean up. It’s so much fun playing in the water together, talking about the day, teaching proper hygiene by example, and it saves sooo much time!!! All of us love it. I do accept that others are uneasy about it and if you don’t make a big deal out of it, it wont be. Try it sometime … You might be surprised !! 🙂

    • Lobe.My.Way

      I’m glad I read this … I was having some strange feelings, our children always shower with us … We also all sleep together in the same room. We stopped letting our daughter who is 6, and her heart broke. Then she said something that broke me, “is my body parts bad? ” Needless to say, the showers resumed. I never want her to feel that way 🙁

  4. Brigid from www.naturallyattached.com  

    I really enjoyed reading this post mostly for sheer evidence that other people do this too. I have “shower bathed” as Jenna & Claire say as well since my son was very young:) I think it that helps keep him warm plus he’s able to play and splash still! Everytime I have mentioned this to other people they seem to find something wrong with it and just down right dumbfounded by it. I don’t think people even think to bathe together especially with young children. I would bring my son in the bath with me and hold him and then when he could sit in the “bumbo” seat I would put him in there and start “shower bath” time. I actually just recently noted on my blog how my son still showers with either his Dad or I (or both!) I wish more people would!

  5. Lauren  

    Hee, we do the shower-bath, too! Mikko loves the handheld shower sprayer for washing us off. I have to admit, sometimes I purposely choose a time to shower when he’s not around just for the solitude, but he always wants company when he bathes. I remember showering with my parents when I was very young (preschool-age), and I remember wishing for company long after that!

  6. Acrophile

    My DH stopped showering in front of or with (it was an intermittent thing with us, never regular) our daughter when she started to notice his gent-parts (around age 4). We didn’t make a big deal of it, he just casually grabs a towel when she’s in the room. I stopped bathing with her when I was pregnant with her sister and we wouldn’t fit in the tub together anymore! Now even she and her sister do not bathe together anymore because they just couldn’t seem to get along in there. One is introverted and enjoys her own company, the other (older) has to be interacting all – the – time. She never lets her little sis alone. So I put a stop to co-bathing. Ah well. Bittersweet endings.

  7. Kat @ Loving {Almost} Every Moment

    I do love this idea! Our kiddos bathe together, though us parents haven’t done so in a long time. I actually thought about this the other day, that it would be nice for the kiddos to have a bath with Daddy, if not every bath, then at least once in a while. Kiddos love stuff like that! As for when it’s “inappropriate” I think it depends on the family…for us, the body is a normal, natural thing and we don’t make a big deal about nude-ness. So our kiddos see us getting dressed, getting out of the shower or using the bathroom. It makes sense to me for them to see us doing things they are going to have to learn anyways!

  8. Gaby@Tmuffin  

    I wish I had a bigger shower! We shower with the kids in the summer… as soon as our kids were able to sit on their own, we plopped them in the shower while we showered. Even when they were newborn, I couldn’t figure out how to use the baby bathtub, so I used to just take baths with them. It was so peaceful and relaxing. I remember one time when my newborn Little M caught my gaze and just held it when we were relaxing in the tub together, and I felt like he was looking into my soul.

    • Jenn @ Monkey Butt Junction  

      That’s really sweet. I wish I had started sharing solitary baths with my son when he was a newborn. He was so little and slippery that I always wanted my husband there for an extra set of hands. I wish we could have had that little extra “just us” time though now, in retrospect.

  9. Laura

    Love this! I showered with my oldest until my belly got so big, he accidently hid under it and then when I moved, he was knocked over. Our showers together ended after that. 🙁 Sadly, my other three children had no interest in showering with me beyond their early babyhood, when I used a shower and a water sling to clam them down. Now, I do sometimes get in the bath with them… but they seem to prefer co-bathing with each other.

  10. wellness coach  

    LOVE THIS POST!!! I completely agree with what you said regarding closeness and the natural family. AMEN! It is the polar opposite of what society promotes, which is distance between family members.

  11. Molly

    I love this! 🙂

  12. Elizabeth

    I do a shower/bath with my almost 2 year old too, and I cherish this time with her! I’m just trying to figure out what to do when our next baby arrives in a few weeks…I don’t like the idea of leaving either child out, but all 3 of us in the tub sounds crowded.

  13. Julia mac

    What a wonderful forum for natural & healthy parenting. our children are now 7 & 9 years old and they still co-shower together. it is more practical with our often busy schedule. from time to time hubby or i will hop in with them but space is often an issue.