I grew up in a pretty conservative household. While some friends of mine were comfortable walking around in their underwear around family members, in our house, you never left the privacy of the bed or bathroom unless you were fully clothed. On the few occasions my family went to the beach or pool, I always wore a shirt over my bathing suit. So, there was no co-bathing in our home. However, I always knew I would parent differently, and that’s why I refuse to apologize for bathing with my son.
Technically, I co-shower more than co-bathe. I prefer showers, and even on the rare occasion that I take a bath, I still take a quick shower afterward. Once my son got too old for the sink, and then his little, plastic whale tub, we decided showers would be an easy transition. He still brings his toys into the shower and we all have a great time. He doesn’t see anything wrong with mommy or daddy undressing and showering with him, or with being nude around mom and dad, because there’s nothing inappropriate about it.
While it's sad there are those out there that would shame us for this completely normal act, I do understand that every person's comfort level is different. Still, if you’re really wondering why myself and others are perfectly OK with co-showering and co-bathing, read on.