As you know, after slipping while bathing the children last week, I have declared our house a bath free zone. I am not prepared to risk another fall, so now we just use the shower. Showering the children all together is easy if I let Ashlea crawl on the floor with her sisters - although it doesn't work for hair washing night (and probably isn't a particularly good long term option).
Tonight was hair washing night.
I think the whole neighbourhood is now aware of that fact, as there were a few choice, loud words from me as I attempted to shower Ashlea and not get wet.
So...the specifics...I need to know...
- what shower chair do you use?
- how do you get your child into the chair?
- how do you position yourself to not get wet?
- is your shower head fixed or on a rope?
- have you modified your bathroom? if so - how?
and anything else you can think of that might help?
At the moment we are trialling a shower chair that looks very similar to this one.
The worst part about it is getting Ashlea in. I have to lift her, and as it has no foot plate (or not one that you can stand on anyway), Ashlea stiffens her whole body and refuses to sit down. I have to somehow karate chop her in the middle to get her to sit. Not easy when she is suspended in mid-air. Tonight I ended up holding her by one arm and one leg and almost tossing her in. Neither of us was happy, and it was definitely NOT safe!
I think we will have to use one that is low enough to the ground for her to do a standing transfer into. It won't be good for my back, but I think it has the potential for less injuries in the long term!
Things I have learnt so far...
- do not give the shower hose to a 4 year old to mind while you get the shampoo
- do not give that giving it to the 6 year old will be any better
- the shower hose has a mind of its own
Please God don't let Ashlea repeat any of the choice language she heard tonight at Sunday School tomorrow!!
Obviously we are in need of all the showering advice we can get!! Please leave me your tips!!
PS In kind of related news, I found some great non-slip shoes today. They are these Sketchers. Who knew they had a whole range of specifically non-slip shoes???