View Poll Results: Is it okay to bathe non-related young children together?
It's okay. 151 45.76%
It's okay up to a certain age (please elaborate.) 146 44.24%
It's never okay. 11 3.33%
It's okay for MY situation-- but you'd never do it. 0 0%
OTHER (please elaborate.) 22 6.67%
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Old 02-12-2009, 05:52 PM   #1
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Bathing young girls together??? Okay or not?

Okay, my 5-year-old has one of her little friends over for the night. This is actually the second time the girl has stayed the night with us... but the first time she didn't take a bath because I wasn't sure what to do in this situation.

The little girl's parents don't keep her SUPER clean... and she really needs a bath tonight... but I don't want her to have to bathe in a strange bathroom by herself. Ambrosia also needs a bath of course (although she's not visibly filthy like her friend) but I don't want to send her for an extended stay in the bathroom and leave her friend alone

Is it okay for them to take a bath together?

I remember bathing with my friends as a child... but I can't remember how old I was when we stopped. Both girls are 5.

What would you say is appropriate?

Any alternate suggestions???

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Old 02-12-2009, 05:58 PM   #2
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Re: Bathing young girls together??? Okay or not?

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Re: Bathing young girls together??? Okay or not?

I voted up to a certain age. If the girls are both comfortable with it, go for it! But, as an example, my 3-year-old is very modest around people other than our immediate family. I would never force her to bathe with someone she didn't want to, but if she was okay with it, I'd allow it.
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I think at that age it really depends on how the girls feel. If they are fine with it let them at it. You could have them wear swimsuits and call it a "pool party". I know it may not be great for cleaning all the "parts" but it might work in a pinch.
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i think its ok. you could always have them wear their swim suits in the tub if youre uncomfy about it
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I think it is okay. That being said I would make sure the girls are okay with it, and you might want to call her parents too to be on the safe side.
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i think it's okay.
do you think you should call her mom to be sure it's okay with her?
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I think it's ok. I have a home daycare & I always ask the parents first to make sure when the children to an over night that it's ok to bathe with my daughter (she's 3)

We have a friend who brings their son over all the time & the kids bath together, they are 3 (my dd) & 2 (he's a boy)

I'm very open to everything like that some people are not.


MAYBE call the parents and ask!
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Old 02-12-2009, 06:12 PM   #9
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Re: Bathing young girls together??? Okay or not?

I used to bathe my daycare kids and our son all together in the same bathtub. Boys and girls. No big deal and of course the parents knew about it.

In our family being naked and seing each other naked is not a big deal. Our son has no reason to be ashamed of his body and I do not see why it would be a big deal for him to be seen naked by other children or to see other children naked.

One of my daycare kids, she is 4, is totaly faszinated by diaper changes. She follows ever step of every diaper change I do on our son or any of the other kids. Again, no big deal.

They are children. Let them be. Of course if they would run around naked on the street that would be a different thing. At home our son can be naked or dressed, depanding on what he wants.

Oh, and to answer your question. I would call the parenst and ask for permission. Just to be on the safe side.

Another funny story. We (my sister, me and our neighbour girl) used to take a bath together all the time. Probably up untill we where around 12 or so. One time when we where still pretty young, probably around 4 or 5, she (neighbour girl) pooped into the water. We thought it was hilarious to have that snake swimming in the water

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I picked up to a certain age, thinking that the poll would be about bathing boys/girls together. My DD is 2 & already notices the difference in boys, so we've started telling her that we don't look at boys when they're "nakey" (like when my DH is using the toilet...gives him a little more privacy!!). We're trying to teach her about modesty. However, I babysit my neighbor's kids (both girls) & I bathe them all together. They have fun playing together in the tub! And my neighbor doesn't keep her kids extremely clean, so I always welcome the opportunity to give them a bath/brush their hair/cut their fingernails.
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