Bathing Baby Every Day

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I bath my baby once a day. I have noticed that some parents don't believe this necessary. What are your thoughts? I feel it is soothing for baby to have a nice warm bath before bed.

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Lauren - posted on 12/18/2011

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I bathe every night.I started it as a bedtime routine and he loves his bathes he has never shed a tear in the bath as long as he's been here and he's 9 weeks old. I apply lotion after the bath and he falls right asleep after his bath. I have noticed if I can't give him a bath he has a hard time settling down and getting to sleep. Babies sleep alot easier when there is a routine in place:)

Niviene - posted on 10/21/2011

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I think it depends on the parent, child, and day you have had. If there just isn't time and the kid isn't dirty it's ok to skip. If the kid really thrives on routine (some do and some don't) then I would keep to it best I could. I think it really is a to each their own situation. My Dr. says that daily isn't "needed" but can help with routine thrivers (parents and kids alike), unless of course if the baby is dirty, then bathe away...lol

Sara - posted on 09/15/2011

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Hi, twice a week is enough. Babies dont really get dirty until they are more mobile and or weaning. My daughter loved bathtime but hated having her hair washed so we bathed twice a week and washed hair once a week. so the other bath was for cleaning whilst playing. My son suffered from dry skin made worse after bathing so he too has a bath twice a week. A wash and brush teeth before breakfast and bed is more than enough between baths. I did consider the bath before bed to relax routine but neither of my children relaxed, just played and so now we do bath in afternoon/evening then get ready for bed and have tea and that works for us. Hope this helps. Sara

Shelby - posted on 03/07/2011

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i bathe my son once every 1 1/2 weeks sometimes 2 weeks, i do this because the bath does NOT calm him down, he is supppppper hyper right after the bath && it last for hours && he doesnt not get dirty very often lol.

Kira - posted on 02/19/2011

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I AM agree with you.But i don't use soap everyday,it's not good for PH balance of skin,other wise my baby loves her night bath.

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Dilasha - posted on 01/13/2014

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My son is of 9 months now and i made him bathe daily.. and i feel that daily bath makes him fresh, calm and energetic... when he was newborn i feel milk smell coming all over from him and now he is on weaning phase so making him bath is become a daily routine..he spreads food allover on him and drools a lot.. .

Sharmaine - posted on 03/06/2012

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My 9 month old son gets a bath every night before bed, he has Exzama badly and the doctor said this was necessary.

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Hi Cindy, our son is almost 2 and we give him a bath everyday because he loves the bath and ask for it. When he was younger we would give him a bath every other day. Only because it would dry his skin out even though we used lotion. Do what works for you and if your baby likes it then do it everyday.

Jaime - posted on 01/18/2012

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When my daughter was first born I gave her a bath everyday and slowly went from every day to every other day! Occasionally I will wait two days but only if she falls asleep before I have a chance to give her a bath and if that is that case then i will bathe her first thing the following day. During the summer months I will bathe her more frequently because of the heat and sweating. She is now almost 10 months old and is getting bathed every other day. After her bath she will get a baby massage with baby lotion.

Indy - posted on 01/12/2012

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As a mother of three (13, 8, & 2 yr. olds) bathing everyday is very important. when they are babies, I bathe them up to 3-4 times a day; before bedtime a MUST so they get a restful night sleep. Kids learn the importance of personal hygiene and become comfortable with their own sense of cleanliness. My two youngest children have eczema, but I moisturize their skin after every bath and put their medicated lotion on also. As per my discussion with my kids pediatrician, (because I was worried that I would exacerbate their conditions), I tried bathing them every other day, but the end result on the skin was the same and my children were uncomfortable with the lack of bathing. However, I did indeed notice that after they turned 5, their conditions improved. It only gets bad when their asthma is bad.

Janine - posted on 01/05/2012

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I don't bath everyday. My kids, as others have posted have eczema and their skin dries out too much if bathed every day. They are however growing out of it...yippeeee! If they are grubby, sweaty or have sunscreen on etc. I would bath them each day, but otherwise every second day. Depends on the kid and the day. :)

Roxie - posted on 01/04/2012

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I give my LO baths every other day and wipe downs on the days he doesn't take a bath and he's 10 months. Only because he has very bad eczema and taking baths dries his skin out no matter how much oil and lotion we use. Once that starts to clear up i would like to get back to everyday because he definitely loves the water lol

Rachael - posted on 12/17/2011

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i give my son (11 months) a bath every other day and my daughter (4 yrs old) gets a bath every night... for my son its because he smells like sour milk and he drools alot and for my daughter because she loves playing with her bath toys and it relaxes her before bed time.

Dawn - posted on 12/16/2011

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When I had my first son, now 5, they advised not to bathe them every day and now after my second son, 10 months old they say there is no reason why you can't bathe them every day (they "lived" in water for 40 weeks). Anyway, I bathe my kids every other day unless they're exceptionally dirty or sick and I feel they need to relax.

Nikki - posted on 12/15/2011

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My son will be 9 months at the end of this month... & since i've started him on foods... he gets a bath twice a day. sometimes he just gets a morning bath. sometime he just gets a bed time bath. He poops at least twice a day... & it stinks... & goes up his back A LOT of the time... which is another reason why he may get 2 baths a day... But every baby is different. Best answer is ask your doctor.

Mel - posted on 12/12/2011

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i bath my baby evey night if he could have his own way he would live in the bath it does them no harm in fact it seats them up to have a goo personal hygine routine

Raina - posted on 12/11/2011

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My kids 8-4-9mo all get bated daily. some days they dont get "dirty" but other days they just seem gross. If the baby does not get a bath then he will NOT go to bed.

Amber - posted on 12/08/2011

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when i had my oldest i bathed her every day in the begining a few months into it her skin was getting real dry and peeling even though i was applying lotion after every bath.....i now bath her every other day. With my youngest she has baby exema so i only bathe her every 2 or 3 days

Dana - posted on 12/08/2011

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I give my 9 month old twins a bath every night after dinner. During the day they are all over the floor and playing with our dogs so I feel it's neccessary in my case. They also love bath time and playing in the water. I really think it's a matter of what works best for you.

Mahima - posted on 12/06/2011

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I make my baby bathe everyday she feels fresh and clean i make it as a routine but make sure you massage them with oil before bathing so that their skin dn't get dry.
My daughter is nearly a 7 month old and we are still using the baby bather bought it from Babeez World a complete store for Babeez and heir mommies.It has been very helpful to me as we don’t live with our in laws.I am the only one to take care of my baby.

Janice - posted on 10/21/2011

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same here my son gets a bath everynight about 1 hour before his bed time and it seem to calm him down just in time for bed

Allie - posted on 10/20/2011

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My son is 11 months and a bath is part of our nightly schedual. dinner time. bath time. story time. bed time! I feel better and i think my son does too knowing that he goes to bed clean every night. My son gets into everything so by the end of most days his hands have been everywhere in the house atleast twice. my son loves bath time i try to keep it intaresting by getting new bath toys every few months! so yes i agree to daily baths!

Michele - posted on 10/17/2011

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I bath my 3 kids every day. My second child has excema and bathing him does dry his skin out but I have been given a bath additive to add moisture to his skin. I also use an organic bath wash to clean them. I believe its good for them to bath everyday. Its a good habit to get them into, just like brushing your teeth.

Sharlene - posted on 10/16/2011

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I have 4 children agers from 8yrs old to 6 month premmie its good when there first born course it does soothing them for the nite but I found with my 4 it may them sick with head colds and runnig noses.T HE 2 OLDER KIDS THAT ARE 8 AND 7 EVERY 2ND DAY BATH AND HAIR WASH THEN THE 18 MONTH OLD AND 6 MONTH OLD EVERY 2ND DAY BATH AS WELL.BEST OF LUCK WITH BABBIE

Rehana - posted on 09/21/2011

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Since my daughter was born, she had a bath every day. I feel it is a good habit to get into and it is bonding & play time for you and baby. Also gets them to wind down for bed time.

Ashley - posted on 09/12/2011

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Since the day both my boys came home from the hospital it was a bath everyday and hair wash every 2nd day. My oldest had exzema as a baby and we still bathed everyday. He will get it in the winter but i just use exzema cream on him and he's fine. I like to shower everyday so i do the same to my children. We were always bathed everyday as kids as well. I found my babies did get dirty from spitting up and there was nothing worse than holding a baby smelling of puke. Nothing better than snuggling your baby when their all clean and smelling of baby powder..:)

Lauryn - posted on 03/01/2011

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well not harm but dont see how it would be unnecessary unless they are living in a bubble

Lauryn - posted on 03/01/2011

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I think it depends on how old, active he is and what he gets into. Our son LOVES the bath! I was giving him a bath every other or 3 days. He has really sensitive skin so his skin was becoming really dry but just had to lather him up in extra lotion Everyday hes been crawling to it and pretty much hinting that he wants to take one. And I basically have to make him get out. He could stay in there all night if Id let him! Plus Ive been using bedtime bath wash and I think thats helped calm him before bed. Not matter what I doubt bathing him everyday will harm baby

Jodie - posted on 02/24/2011

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yes for the first few weeks of life that is true, but not long term, and lets just consider what they said to wash every day.... the most sensitive parts of the body... so yes its ok to wash every day.

Erin - posted on 02/23/2011

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They said on the doctors you should only bath your baby twice a week. It is not good for their sensitive skin and they dont need it.. They said just wash their face, hands and bum everyday.

Jodie - posted on 02/22/2011

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its most certainly not necessary, but it is very healthy and when incorporated into a bedtime ritual, can help a baby to very quickly settle to sleep. I bathe my baby girl every night, and find that this is a wonderful time to calm her down, use up the last of her bubbly energy, raise her core body temperature, and clean her before giving her a breastfeed n putting her to bed. We use a soap free product - Dermaveen - as my children suffer from skin allergies, and water is what our body is made of mostly, so it wont cause any concerns for skin irritations...its ph neutral too.... so never feel judged for doing it, or not doing it....either way you are caring as best as you can for your darling.

Jacqui - posted on 02/22/2011

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my daughter is 10 months i bath her everyday just before bed as part of her routine

Melissa - posted on 02/21/2011

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Babies with dry skin or excema are recommended not to bathe daily, My son is 10.5months and I bathe him in the morning after breakfast (cause he is a peanut butter sticky mess) and again at night time after his dinner, cause he gets it everywhere and loves his bathes. After his evening bath, he has play time with nappy off time and loves it and wears himself out before he has pj's, feed and bed. I know i feel better and fresher after a bath and fits into our routine so we continue with it but agree that it is easier to do what suits your household, good luck

Elisha - posted on 02/20/2011

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2 to 3 times a week unless they get dirty during the winter time I don't want to dry out their skin but during the summer they get one everyday.

TIFFANY - posted on 02/20/2011

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My son is 10 months old and I don't bath him every day; I do more often in Summer time because it 's warm and he is sweat sometimes. I use warm clot to clean him and put lotion on; and wash him when he does poop.

Susan - posted on 02/19/2011

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Its summer and very hot where I live at the moment so its a bath every night on days like this, but when the weather is cooler and bubb looks clean I may skip a day here or there which I think is totally fine at this age (9.5months)

Jennifer - posted on 02/19/2011

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My son gets a bath when he's dirty or we have somewhere nice to go and I want to make sure he smells clean! :) He just had a bath this afternoon...he was needing one anyway and then decided to eat dog food and had it everywhere...GROSS!!!
I think its a total parent/kid preference thing!! No one should be judged for doing it one way or another. If it works for you and your baby..FABULOUS!!!

Jacqui - posted on 02/19/2011

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I usually give my 10 month old a bath everynight. This is mainly because he loves bathtime! And because I love the way he smells after a bath, all fresh and clean :) My son loves to play in the water and splash about - especially when he and mummy having splashing competitions, or when he splashes mummy big time and mummy reacts with a squeal and pretends to fall off her little stool...he thinks it's hilarious. Haha. I love it too. There might be one night a week where we wont do bathtime, and that's usually because one of us, or both, are just to tired after a long busy day. I also find he does settle a lot quicker after a bath. It's whatever you feel works for and is right for your little bubba. Bath time is a fun time for my son and I so everyday works for us! :)

April - posted on 02/18/2011

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My little one also has dry skin, she gets that from Mom, unfortunately! So we can't do it everyday. We bathe her about twice a week, more if she gets dirty.

Aimee - posted on 02/17/2011

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i bath my daughter every day apart from one day just to give her skin a break so it dont dry out! but when she was newborn i was advised not to bath her coz she had such dry skin and it actually helped by not bathin everyday x

Amanda - posted on 02/16/2011

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I bathe my girls (2 yrs and 10 months) together every other night during winter. Their skin gets dry otherwise. I only use soap on the baby every other bath as she is not overly dirty unless she has gotten food on her. In the warmer months I tend to bathe more every night since we are out playing most of the day. I think it's more of a personal preference thing.

Kandy - posted on 02/16/2011

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I give my 10 month old son a bath every night. It is not because he particularly dirty, but more of a whined down type thing at night. He gets he dinner (solids), a bath after because solids do get messy, plays a while, then he gets a bottle and goes to bed. If we skip a part of his routine he is a bear to deal with so we stick to it. So I do not think it is a bad thing if you bathe them every day. If they do not require it as part of their routine then a few times a week is all that our pediatrician says that they need. Do what ever feels best to you.

Veronica - posted on 02/16/2011

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I was told that until they start crawling, then bathing only 1-2 times a week is fine and until they start walking outside, it's still fine to only wash them about 2 times a week as babies don't get that dirty. I was told wipes are great for in between maintenance. Also, bathing everyday, especially during dry winter months can dry their skin out. The choice varies baby to baby and parent to parent.

Heidi - posted on 02/16/2011

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From what I have found, most mothers, including myself, do not bathe their babies every day because it dries out their skin. However if it's not happening to your child, I really wouldn't worry :)

Brittany - posted on 02/16/2011

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My kids who are 10 mo and 6 yrs get baths everynight more because they love the water in general and because it helps soothe them to sleep and to get comfy. I think it is more of a personal preference. When my oldest was a baby he had really bad skin issues so we did every other day but they love the water so its different for the both of them

Shelby - posted on 02/16/2011

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I did my baby everyday this summer but once winter hit again, her skin was getting too dry bathing everyday. So had to go back to every other (had excema when baby).

Lydia - posted on 02/16/2011

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i bath my daughter 2-3 times a week. i used to bath her every evening in the summer because she was sweating so much, but than all of a sudden she didn't like bath time anymore so I cut down a bit.

some babies actually will be stimulated by bath before bedtime, so it's really up to each family to find out what works for them.

Crystal - posted on 02/16/2011

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My 9 month old gets a bath 2-3 times a week. I did the same thing with my daughter. She started nightly baths around 2 when she started really playing hard and getting dirty.

Brenda - posted on 02/16/2011

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I bathe my daughter about twice a week and when she gets dirty, but I say do whatever works for you and your family.

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I bath both my children everyday and always have. We live in the tropics so it gets hot and sweaty which is part of the reason but I like routine with my children. Also I like to shower everyday because it makes me feel clean and fresh so why shouldn't I do the same for my children? Both my son and daughter love to play in the water and I find it a nice chance to interact with them

Briany - posted on 02/15/2011

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my dd is 10.5months old and since she started crawlingi gave her baths everyday because she was dirty. She now has showers and at present it is very hot where we live and its nice to cool down and have a wash before bed time. And i think also it's a part of a routine. Getting ready for bed- dinner, bath, story, bottle and bed

Danielle - posted on 02/15/2011

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Personally, I do give my 10 month old a bath every day because she has come to expect it as part of the routine....dinner,play,bath,songs,bottle and bed. I truly think that she knows what comes next. My oldest daughter hardly had any sort of routine but my baby put herself on one and if we forget something she lets us know that something is up! They don't necessarily need a bath everyday, although in the summer when its hot and you have to use sunscreen daily I always give a bath a day no matter what. Sometimes she just gets in to play at night and we just wash the diaper area and hands. Do what's right for your family, everyone has different ideas on raising kids. There are no right or wrong answers

Hellen - posted on 02/15/2011

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i give my son a bath twice a day, in the morning after breakfast and he goes back to sleep, then at night before bed and he loves it

Jenna - posted on 02/14/2011

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I only bath my kids about 2-3 times a week. Unless they get particularly dirty on any given day. They are 9 mos and 3 yrs. We live in such a dry climate that I don't want to strip the natural oils too much and also it just makes the bedtime routine that much longer, so I prefer to do it as little as possible :)

Lise - posted on 02/13/2011

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My girls get a bath everyday. I think it is a good habit to get into.

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