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How to Take a Shower When Home Alone With a Baby

Most of us who stay home with the kids would hate to admit how often we are still in our pajamas in the afternoon…ahem. While I think “pajama days” are definitely one of the perks of being a stay at home mom, I’ve come to realize that I get more done on the days I shower before noon. Not to mention, I feel better. There’s something psychological that happens to me when I stay in my jammies too often. The funk sets in.

Before Asher came, it was easy. I’d turn on PBS for a few minutes and Jonah was occupied long enough for me to shower and get ready. Once Asher came, things got a little more tricky in the shower department. At first, big brother was NOT to be trusted. Jonah’s jealousy was so thick you could slice it. The boys needed a chaperone at all times. I learned my lesson one day when I left the room for a nanosecond and returned to a screaming baby and guilty preschooler. While much better, I’m still not confident in leaving them alone together for very long. Asher has also hit the stage where he notices if you leave him. And by “notices” I mean he cries.

So, what’s a mommy to do when a shower is needed, but you’re alone with a baby that needs to see you? You improvise. And somewhere between the “lightbulb moment” and the successful shower you realize that your all-time favorite tip for a new mommy was born.

How to Take a Shower When Home Alone With a Baby:

Stick the baby in something that will keep them safe and occupied. I currently use the bouncy seat.

Using a Binder Clip, clip the decorative shower curtain up so that you will be able to see the baby.

It should look something like this…

Hurry, break the record for the fastest shower ever before the baby starts crying! FYI: Shaving is out of the question.

Linking up with We Are That Family’s Works for Me Wednesday!

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  • Lori February 1, 2012, 8:17 pm

    Oh my goodness you are cracking me up Sara !

    • Sara @ Happy Brown House February 1, 2012, 10:56 pm

      I’m being absolutely serious. This is the ONLY way I can take a shower these days! Glad it made you laugh!

  • Trina February 1, 2012, 10:20 pm

    Very great idea! I love it! Baby #3 is due in April and I may just have to use this one in my future. I agree with you, if I don’t shower early in the day the “funk” sets in for me too. :) thanks for sharing!

  • Carisa February 1, 2012, 10:47 pm

    CRACKING UP. Love your drawing so much!!!!! ;-)

  • Kim February 2, 2012, 3:23 pm

    That is hilarious! Luckily, my newest addition could care less if she’s alone or in a roomful of people. My my first…I had her in a bouncy seat and would poke my head out of the shower every time she cried. There was always a huge puddle on the floor post shower. I needed this tip!

  • Dalia February 5, 2012, 5:36 pm

    Your title alone captivated me! I used to do this all the time when my munchkin was a baby. I couldn’t leave him alone for a minute without him screaming, so I took “that” approach. I sat him on the same kind of bouncy seat you have there and I showered while keeping my eye on him. It worked great for the both of us. Thank you for sharing this! I feel so normal now:-) I also love your drawing, too cute.

  • 'Becca February 6, 2012, 4:13 pm

    Good advice! When my son was a baby, I took baths instead of showers for the same reason, so that he could see me–we had frosted sliding glass doors on the shower at the time. When he also needed a bath, I would undress him except for diaper before putting him in the bouncy seat with a blanket over him, soak myself in hot water and wash, and then after the water had cooled put him in my lap and wash him. It worked much better than the baby bathtub, which he hated for some reason.

  • Debs February 7, 2012, 7:16 am

    I’ve so far managed this problem (my baby is 7 weeks and my firstborn is 2 1/4) by leaving toddler downstairs watching favourite tv program and taking baby up to the crib upstairs, or by showering when my husband or other relative is here!
    And no, i haven’t shaved my legs in I don’t know how long!

    I remember first time around (ie with baby number one only) taking sophia in her bouncy chair into the bathroom with me and peeking round the curtain to wave at her about every thirty seconds!

    • Sara February 21, 2012, 2:17 pm

      Shaving? What’s that? ;)

  • Eddie - The Usual Mayhem February 8, 2012, 4:10 pm

    Lol! I went for the “play peekaboo around the curtain” approach, myself, but I got a lot of shampoo in my eyes doing it.

  • Kara @ The Chuppies February 10, 2012, 12:40 pm

    Oh wow does this bring back memories…how quickly I forget about those days when the buddy-system was even part of showering.
    :)

    With our youngest, we ended up putting a gate on her doorway (and we’re not at all over-the-top-baby-safety-proofers)…but just for my sanity, I needed one safe place I could put her and know another kiddo or the dog wouldn’t accidentally hurt her…to just know she was safe if I needed to be out of the room for some reason.

    • Sara February 21, 2012, 2:16 pm

      The buddy system…hahaha! I have a feeling Mr. Asher is going to need a corral area, too. He’s getting into things already! He’s beginning to scoot/roll everywhere that he wants to be.

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