How often should you bathe a newborn?

Tanny - posted on 01/12/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hello everyone,



I was wondering how often you should bathe a newborn. I have a 7 week old daughter and have heard you don't need to bathe them any more than once or twice a week tops. But I have read that many people include nightly baths into their sleeptime ritual?



Please let me know how often you bathe your newborn....Thanks!

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Chrissy - posted on 01/16/2009

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We were told the same thing by nurses at the hospital.  I usually bath him 2-3 times a week.  We were told it dries out their skin to bath them too much.   I think as he gets older we will bathe him more frequently.

Rebekah - posted on 01/15/2009

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I only bath my 5 month old about once a week becouse he does not get very dirty and it is cold outside and dry so he doesn't need to be dried out by the bath so much. I am not sure if I am textbook, but it works for me.

Andrea - posted on 01/15/2009

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That is true. You only need to bathe a newborn once or twice a week. But you can still have a night time ritual without a bath every night. Every night I change my babies bum and wash his face. Get him changed into his sleeper and have a little playtime on his change table. Then we have his last bottled of the night( around 6 or 630) and he is good for the night. If you do your ritual at around the same time every night your baby will look for ward to it.

Mary - posted on 01/12/2009

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Baby's don't need baths every day. It helps some of them settle for bed, and so it is helpful to the parents to bathe the baby everyday. We bathe our 4 month old about every 3 days. Just be diligent with skin care for your baby, especially if you live somplace cold, so that their skin doesn't dry out. We lay the him down on a towel and put a diaper on. Then rub baby oil all over before drying him off, and we just pat dry. Then we rub baby lotion all over. I do this everywhere but his face. On his face I use something called Dream Cream from lushusa.com. It helps with baby acne.

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Michelle - posted on 08/09/2012

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I have a two week old son and I bathe him every other day. I have even taken him into the shower with me he loved.it.it made me laugh to see him just relax when the water hit him. I was expecting quite a different.reaction. but he didn't even let out a peep.

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if you bathe once or twice a week just make sure you top and tail every night to keep baby fresh.. i bath my 17 week old every night as part of her bedtime routine.. it does help get baby into routine of bath.. bottlebreast... bed... xxx

Alisande - posted on 01/17/2009

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Quoting Mary:


 



We lay the him down on a towel and put a diaper on. Then rub baby oil all over before drying him off, and we just pat dry. Then we rub baby lotion all over.





This is interesting to know. My son is two weeks old now, and just got his first "big" bath -- not just a sponge bath now that his cord stump is gone. I did rub him with the baby oil afterwards, but had debated which to use (oil vs lotion) -- I see now it doesn't hurt to use both. I wasn't certain of when to use which before.

Michelle - posted on 01/15/2009

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I give mine a bath every other night. She has a lot of hair and it tends to get oily if I don't and I just go ahead and bathe her as well.  I have not had any problems with dry skin, but I use a really great baby lotion after her bath.

Tanny - posted on 01/14/2009

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Thanks everyone for giving me advice on how often I should bathe my newborn. I've found that using Johnson and Johnson's Lavendar body wash and lotion work very well.

Jaydee - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hello All,



I do believe that it is true that newborns don't need to be bathed everday, but I have found with my 3yr old and my 4 month old that a bath in the evening hepls establish that 'long' night sleep routine. It also seems to be relaxing and provides that opportunity for skin to skin contact especially if you bathe together.



It is really up to your own preference how often you bathe your newborn. If you do bathe every day be sure to moisturise like the other mums said.



Enjoy!

Debbie - posted on 01/12/2009

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We have included a bath and massage as part of our 3 month old baby's bedtime routine since she was about 1wk old. I've read plenty of times that newborns don't need baths everyday, mostly because they don't do anything to get dirty, but still need a wipe down, especially around the neck where milk dribbles down. It's really a personal choice how often you bathe a newborn.



As with the massage, olive oil was recommended by the hospital cos she was born a week overdue and had really dry flakey skin. The hospital supplied olive oil which we use at home as well. Olive oil is great cos she used to suck her arm while we massaged her and using baby oil or massage oils wouldn't be very good for her to ingest. She really enjoys the massage, I'd recommend it if you're not already doing it.

Alison - posted on 01/12/2009

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Hi there,



I have a four month old and I was going through the same thing...my baby has a lot of hair and I thought her hair will get oily often. Now I give her a bath probably three times a week and that is fine. You don't want to start right away at first because you can dry out the skin. After a bath I put on lotion for sure.



Good luck

Ali

Tanny - posted on 01/14/2009

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Thanks everyone for giving me advice on how often I should bathe my newborn. I've found that using Johnson and Johnson's Lavendar body wash and lotion work very well.

Jaydee - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hello All,



I do believe that it is true that newborns don't need to be bathed everday, but I have found with my 3yr old and my 4 month old that a bath in the evening hepls establish that 'long' night sleep routine. It also seems to be relaxing and provides that opportunity for skin to skin contact especially if you bathe together.



It is really up to your own preference how often you bathe your newborn. If you do bathe every day be sure to moisturise like the other mums said.



Enjoy!

Debbie - posted on 01/12/2009

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We have included a bath and massage as part of our 3 month old baby's bedtime routine since she was about 1wk old. I've read plenty of times that newborns don't need baths everyday, mostly because they don't do anything to get dirty, but still need a wipe down, especially around the neck where milk dribbles down. It's really a personal choice how often you bathe a newborn.



As with the massage, olive oil was recommended by the hospital cos she was born a week overdue and had really dry flakey skin. The hospital supplied olive oil which we use at home as well. Olive oil is great cos she used to suck her arm while we massaged her and using baby oil or massage oils wouldn't be very good for her to ingest. She really enjoys the massage, I'd recommend it if you're not already doing it.

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