6 yrs old old enough 2 to bathe herself?

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6 yrs old old enough 2 to bathe herself?
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Thu, 02-05-2009 - 7:53pm

Hey everyone! I'm just curious...Do you think my six year old daughter is old enough to bathe/shower herself? I have a friend whose daughter is 7 and she talks about her washing herself. I still bathe my daughter, I mean she helps but I'm not sure she's responsible enough to make sure she's completely clean. She has pretty long hair and needs shampoo

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Fri, 02-06-2009 - 4:14pm

I am in the same boat, um...tub, as you. My son is 6 yo and I feel he is getting to the point in his life where he is starting to be more modest and might soon want complete privacy altogether. He doesn't seem to care if I wash him

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Mon, 02-09-2009 - 1:01pm
I have BTDT on this too. My daughter will be 7 in May, and still seems to need some help, and her cousin has been showering alone since she was 4. (The girls are only a few months apart in age). I think it depends on how you feel about it. The cousins Mom isn't as picky as I am, and may not be paying as close attention, I don't know. But I know that my DD doesn't wash her hair well enough. She will soap up the top & call it done. We cut her hair a few months ago, she used to have long hair too, and that helps, but it still needs to be washed! You also need to stand outside of the shower & say did you wash your.... and name body parts. Usually I would get "Oh I forgot." After several times of letting her shower alone and going in 20 mins later & finding nothing washed & water all over the floor we said no more! She hates to take a bath alone, but will with DS just fine. So, we are currently back to both of them taking a bath in the "big" bath tub, we have a large garden tub in the master bath, one of us washes hair & they use loofa's to wash their bodies. I still remind her of certain things, like privates, but she seems to be doing better. I go by the you do what I want (wash yourself) you get to do what you want (play in the tub). Since we both work full time, and have lots of activities, I'd rather do it this way & know they are clean, than mess with the other way.
So to answer your question, I think some kids are & some aren't.
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Tue, 02-10-2009 - 2:06pm

My soon to be 6 yo washes herself in the tub or shower and will try to wash her own hair.

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Wed, 02-11-2009 - 1:25pm
Both my boys take their own showers and clean themselves.
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Sat, 02-14-2009 - 4:32pm
My 4 1/2 year old can do a perfect job ... my 7 year old ... NOT! I bathe him.
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Sun, 02-15-2009 - 11:26pm

My 7 year old daughter just starting taking showers alone...but I think that it depends on the child because my niece at 7 wasn't bathing herself. But I think that she was afraid of the faucet or something. My daughter, I didn't want her alone because her father was abusive.


I think maybe allow her to try it and see. I remember my would ask me when I was little..and done with a shower, if my ears were clean or if my toes were..making it a little fun. But then she didn't ask anymore I guess as I got the hang of it.

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Thu, 03-05-2009 - 12:38am
My DD is almost 6 and she has been showering on her own for a couple of months now. We leave the bathroom door open a couple inches so we can hear her if she needs us. We make sure that her hair is rinsed out completely, but it is the funniest thing in the world! She sings in the shower. Nursery rhymes and songs they've learned in school. And not at normal volume levels, she belts out songs like she's trying out for American Idol.
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Thu, 03-05-2009 - 12:29pm
My 6 yr old sings in the shower, too! It's so funny to listen to her. She's been showering/bathing herself for about a year now. Up till a few months ago, I would go in at the end and do her hair, but now she does it herself. She does a pretty good job, but I do wash her hair for her once a week, and help her rinse off if she takes a bath, since she likes lots of bubbles.