D used to love bath time. It was hard getting him out of the bath tub. He'd sit and play with his toys and cups, splash about, etc. Fun times! The only part he disliked was getting his hair washed, but then it seemed we were turning a corner with that and he was tolerating it much more.
Then, a few weeks ago, something changed, and he went from LOVING baths to HATING them. With a passion. As in, at best he'll stand in the tub and scream and cry with tears running down his face. At worst I've had to physically restrain him as I try to splash some water on him to make the effort and trauma at least somewhat worthwhile. Tonight I even tried making it a bubble bath (bubble baths are FUN right??) but no dice. He still hated it, screamed the whole time.
I really don't know what did it. I can't think of a bad or scary experience that might've caused him to hate/fear baths, we haven't switched products so don't think it could be a reaction to something... I'm at a loss. He's not keen on showers, either. At least it's winter, so he can sort of get away with only taking a bath 1-2 times a week (and let's not talk about how long it's been since we even attempted to wash his hair)... but GAH! This sucks. It reminds me of when he was a baby-- he liked baths ok then, but getting him out was positively traumatic-- no matter what I did, he'd scream and scream and I'd race as quickly as I could to get him dried off, slap some lotion on, and put clothes on him (I still laugh at my attempts to do any sort of baby massage, all the while cursing everyone else's descriptions of their "peaceful, calming" bath & massage routine). At the end I'd feel totally drained.
So. If anyone out there has any advice or tips, I would love to hear them. Because I'm not sure how much more of this screaming I can take. I HATE having to force him to do something he clearly doesn't want to do. It sucks and it makes me feel like a terrible person. I just wish I knew what could make it better.