Looking for suggestions regarding the scary drains…

Looking for suggestions regarding the scary drains…

Oh, the joy of a toddler mind. He is now convinced that while in both the tub and the shower, he shall be sucked down the drain. So far, showing him that the toys don’t fit do not help, my standing on top of the drain in the shower seems to help slightly (but doesn’t slow the flow of “no want to ball down the drain, no I don’t, I want stay here, mama, help, no drain….”) – so I need your creative ideas!!

11 Responses to Looking for suggestions regarding the scary drains…

  1. Dawn #

    My 2 3/4 year old son has the same problem. He’s afraid of drains and bathtubs. He just decided one day after 2.5 years of being fine in the tub, that the drain is scary. That first day was horrific. No one in the family was allowed in the shower/tub…not mommy, daddy, big brother, or his toys/soap etc. Once he saw that people couldn’t fit down the drain he was okay w/ us using it, but he still won’t go in himself. He’ll stand next to the tub and play w/ the water while his older brother is in the tub, but if he sees a toy floating by itself he has a meltdown…he’s afraid it will somehow go down the drain. I had to take out the old baby tub to give him baths. He somehow is okay w/ that, but doesn’t like being in there for very long either. I’m really hoping this is a phase because it’s a real pain to bathe him in this separate tub. I’ve also tried all of those methods people have previously suggested. The problem is, he’s afraid of EVERYTHING (besides people) going down the drain….even the drain plug!!! So putting a bucket, or washcloth over the drain doesnt work because whatever i put there, he’ll think that too will go down the drain. He just started having a new fear….bugs. I’m hoping this is just a toddler fear thing.

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