how often do you give newborns a bath?

Joanna - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 64 moms have responded )

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im giving my son a bath once a week, is this okay? should i give him one more often?

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Jessica - posted on 10/18/2009

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Once a week is about right. More often than that will dry out their delicate skin. You don't want to use soap every time you wash them either, soap is very drying. When you do use soap, make sure you get it all rinsed off. The slightest traces of soap can cause major irritation. Because babies don't do much to get dirty they don't really need soap. Most of what they get on them is spilled breastmilk, which has antibiotic properties (you can acutally use it to cure diaper rash) or formula, and neither of those take any more than water to clean.

Rachael - posted on 10/18/2009

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I use giving her bath as a way to calm her as well so if she is fussy or gassy three days in a row, then she gets one more often. However, usually I find that I give her one every couple days.

Amber - posted on 10/18/2009

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I am bath my newborn at least every other day, sometimes I go three or four days in a row bathing her, but my Willow seems to have bad gas and the bath seems to help her work it out. You are his mommy, and you know what is best for your little man. I have also noticed a bath helps to put her to sleep if she is being fussy, so I guess my excessive bathing has more to do with the calming sensation than keeping her clean.

Anna - posted on 10/16/2009

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i do about once a week as well but i also give him "bird baths", i use a wipe or two and go over him, because he has dry skin

Tara - posted on 10/15/2009

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I read that you should give your newborn a bath 2 to 3 times a week. They have natural oils in their skin so you don't want to wash them too much. I don't think once a week is a big deal. You might want to increase it to 2 times a week after he doesn't cry so much. When a baby starts to crawl then you will want to give him a bath more often because they are more dirty by the end of the day.

Meged - posted on 10/14/2009

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i give him a bath once a week. but, he's super clean.

the hospital told me 2-3 times a week, but if their skin starts drying out, you should do it less than that.

but, i think it's also mainly just your choice.

Anj - posted on 10/13/2009

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I usually give my son a bath and 2-3 days, sometimes have to do it more often as like the others have siad due to spit or nappies!

Kellie - posted on 10/13/2009

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I bathe my son every other day as well...I like doing it for bonding as well as getting him used to a bedtime ritual. I love giving baths but I'm sure once a week is just fine.

Cheyl - posted on 10/13/2009

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you are the mom you will know when he needs a bath. mine is a month old and it just varies on how he does. spit up and diapers. mostly i worry about craddle cap so i pay attention to his hair more.

Alicia - posted on 10/12/2009

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I give my daughter (3wks old) a both every second day.
I asked the same question at the hospital an they said to bath them about every 2 - 3 days

Julia - posted on 10/12/2009

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I usually give my daughter a bath every other day or every 2 days, but I'm a germ freak. Plus she spits up a lot and boes to the bathroom when I'm changing her so it gets all down her back--so I really only do it because she needs it. If he doesn't need it like my daughter does you're probably fine.

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