What to do if your Baby Poops in the Bath


Ok, before we start on this less than attractive sounding topic I have to give you all a disclaimer. I don’t have any kids yet, although if the way my fiancée is talking then I might not be childless for much longer. However, I grew up with a lot of children around me as my mum was a childminder, so I’ve unfortunately witnessed my fair share of accidents when it comes to the toilet habits of babies. My fiancée is nursery nurse too, so I suppose you can say that at least I’ll be prepared when the inevitable kid does pop out.

So, while I write the following article about baby poop in the bath not from experience, I, at least, have dug up the knowledge from my colleagues in the office with kids; plus a bit of Internet research on the side. They all have their own stories about their babies doing a number two in the bath, all of which probably sound hilarious until you experience the act for yourself.

Hopefully, you haven’t frantically Googled this while your baby looks up at you with a bemused look on their face. This guide is to prepare you; for those who are yet to have kids or for those who were at an utter loss the last time a baby did this and you just ended up making one big mess of it. Here’s what to when your baby poops in the bath.

First Things First

In the words of the wise Douglas Adams and his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: DON’T PANIC!

Babies having a quick poo in the bath is actually quite common. Without going into too much detail on the matter, the warm water in the bath helps relax the rectal muscles. When you’re a baby the rules of life that state ‘pooing in the bath is pretty disgusting’ just go right out the window. That’s because a baby is a baby, and they know little more than eating and sleeping, and making the odd sound that almost sounds like ‘Daddy’ but really isn’t. It may as well be your baby saying ‘ophthalmology’ when in actual fact it’s just a gurgle that sounds a bit like it.

Anyway, I digress. The fact is it will happen, and the only thing you can do is make sure you’re prepared for it.


One way to lower the chances of your little one leaving a present in the tub is to make sure you don’t bathe them until about an hour after they’ve eaten. The majority of babies will defecate within this hour, so if they’ve already done a poo before they have a bath then the likelihood of an unfortunate accident will be minimal.

But what if it does happen?

If you do spot a floater then, as I said above, don’t panic. Simply lift your little one out of the bath and remove the poo. Bubblelush.com suggests using cups to scoop out the leavings, and while it doesn’t sound like the most glamorous of jobs it will, at least, be less messy than trying to get it any other way. After you’ve done this simply drain the bath water and rinse out the tub. You can then add fresh clean water and continue to bathe your child if you hadn’t previously finished doing so.

A parent’s job never ends, and one of those jobs happens to be cleaning up after your little one has gone to the toilet. By now you should be used to dirty nappies anyway, so a little poo in the bath is hardly going to shock you. It’s a fact of life, and it’s one that parent’s will quickly come to terms with.

Remember: Your priority is to keep your kids safe in the bathroom. Here’s how to do that.