Bella SCREAMED hysterically at first.
Then we tried a few things that worked.
1st, we got one of those yellow teddy bear shaped sponges from wal-mart. I think it was like $3.99.
It held her little 4 pound body nice and still and wicked the water up and kept her nice and warm.
Once she was too big for the baby bathtub, we took her in with one of us.
My husband and I still feel that was one of the greatest parts of parenting. It also helped w/ trust issues a few months later when we began 6+ mos. swimming classes.
Now she is a "big girl"[;)], and takes about 50 toys w/ her into the tub. We have a few shampooing tricks, but she still hates that part, too bad when you have peas smooshed in your hair[:o)].
Good luck, hope this helps.
p.s., we have found some senory issues leftover from NICU, like wiping her nose, I know all babies hate it, but she used to FREAK OUT! nasal gavage etc,
-and messing with her hands or wrists too much. iv's,etc.
Mama to Bella,1/02/03, born 33 and 5/7 weeks at 3 lbs,6oz.Pre-E and PIH,& HELLP.
Babygirl #2,EDD 6/24/04