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What's a Safe Age to Let Kids Bathe Alone?

Safe Bath Time Age?

This question was submitted by member Betty Wayne in the The Mommy Club group.

So it's common knowledge that leaving a baby alone in the bath — even for a second — is a huge no-no. But, when is it safe? My little one is four-and-a-half, and I've been letting her bathe by herself. I'll stay nearby so I can hear her and I check in on her every couple of minuets. Is that safe? Should I wait even longer? She can wash herself and she's very mature (for four). What do you girls think? What age is safe?

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jbjb jbjb 4 years
My kid was two when we stopped supervising his baths. We used to have to put the water in the tub for him because he would just let the water overflow. Once he turned three we instigated a new rule where he had to shut the door before he got undressed/went to the bathroom/was taking a bath. So we used to fill the bath up for him and then leave the bathroom and shut the door before he got undressed. Now that he is five, he knows to run the water himself. We just leave a towel in the bathroom and he can take a bath by himself and after he is done he will dry off and find his own pajamas and puts himself to sleep
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
Six. Under that is iffy.
SugarKat SugarKat 6 years
I let my 3 year old bathe herself. She mostly wants us in there, but she'll play by herself in the tub for about an hour or until the water gets cold.
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