Bathing an infant

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Kimberly - posted on 01/03/2010

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LeAnn, it's so funny you ask this, because my hubby and I were laughing about ourselves and this last night! With our first son, we gave him sponge baths every OTHER day until his umbilical stump fell off, and then we switched to giving him baths about every other day.



But with our current baby (our 2nd son) he is now 12 days old and has had a couple of sponge baths. His umbilical stump is still on, so we haven't given him a tub bath, but even when we can, I imagine we won't bathe him any more often than every 3 or 4 days. Their bodies don't sweat or get dirty the way ours do.



However, I notice that my son gets sweaty because I co-sleep with him and I sweat at night. So he wears my sweat. (I know, ewww!) So I've started giving him a quick little wipe down with a warm washcloth each morning. And then if you have any messy diaper blow-out situations, sometimes a good infant-tub-soak is the best remedy. :)



But I've come around to being more concerned about drying out baby's skin by over-bathing than I am worried about my sweetie being "dirty." I just adore the way newborns smell and I think I can appreciate it more this time since I'm not bathing him all the time. :) I even have one friend who said she only bathed her newborn about once a week. If their diaper areas are staying clean, they don't need much bathing.

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Amanda - posted on 01/08/2010

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We weren't told anything, but a lot of the free material we got from the hospital, from huggies, pampers and all other baby experts, say to bathe your baby once or twice a week, sponge bathe while there is a stump and submerge once it's healed and only bathe more than that if there is reason too. We learned real quick to be careful with his bath time because his skin became really dry and flaky, but he's all better and loves his submersion baths. I've even thought of getting a Tummy Tub. They're supposed to be really great, but I can't see spending $50 on a bucket that I have to hold him the entire time in.

Mary - posted on 01/06/2010

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We were told every 3-4 days, but she hates baths and being naked, so we're averaging about once every 5 days for the time being. Like others said, babies don't need to be bathed very often -- unless they have a very messy poo that's just easier to clean up via bathing. :)

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Maybe once a week. Babies don't need to be bathed very often. You should wash their bottoms with a warm, damp wash cloth every day though if you're using commercial wipes. This will help prevent rashes.

Mandie - posted on 01/05/2010

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I was told when I left the hospital to only bathe newborns once a week - as other people have said, babies don't sweat or get dirty, so they really don't need anything more than that. Anything extra just dries out the skin, which is still adapting to being in dry air rather than inside the womb. :)

Tiffanie - posted on 01/05/2010

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i have always been told and have always herd babys dont really need a bath but about 2 times a week or so because they dont really get dirty and that it can dry thier skin out.
My son is a month old and i have given him 2 baths a week since his cord fell off.with like 3 days between them.

User - posted on 01/04/2010

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Being that it's winter here, we only bathe our son twice a week. Wew did his first in the tub bath the other night. So much fun! He loved it!!

I do his face and hands daily with warm water. His skin is very dry, but the doctor said not to be concerned and not to use lotion. If I really can't stand his dry skin (it bother us more than them), use Lucerin or vaseline.

Kellie - posted on 01/04/2010

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My 2.5 y/o girl suffered from eczema as an infant so the doctor told me to bath her every three or four days with "dove" soap. Ivy, my 4 wk old, gets a bath every other day just to wash off all the excess milk she slobbers all over the place... lol.

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