How often are you bathing your infant

Devi - posted on 12/19/2009 ( 34 moms have responded )

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Hello,
My baby is 6 month 2 weeks. Is ok to bathe him even if it is cold outside?

Thanks,
Devi

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Lena - posted on 12/22/2009

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During the summertime, we strictly gave our little one a bath every night. It helps them sleep and its hot and sticky during the summer. But during the winter its a lot less. She doesn't really get dirty as much. Sometimes we bath her two night in a row, sometimes we skip two, or whenever she really needs it. But its not bad to bath them even if its cold out, as long as you don't take your baby outside right after the bath, that could get them sick. As long as you keep them warm, its ok :)

Ashly - posted on 12/22/2009

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My 3 get baths every other night. My girls need it with their long hair and my son sweats a lot and drools after he in nursing so he needs it too other wise he begins to smell. The all enjoy it and it has been that way since I had my oldest almost 4 years ago. Besides who doesn't love a fresh smelling baby or child?

Teressa - posted on 12/19/2009

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Hi, I bath my son nightly only because that is our nightly routine. He eats by 2 jar foods at 7 or 7:30, gets his bath and then is breastfeed until he goes to sleep for the night. It really depend on you because babies dont get dirty. Now messy is different...lol!

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Jessica - posted on 01/21/2010

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my daughter has dry skin issues so once a week is good for us. i put the gel baby oil on her so if i bathe her too much it won't help her skin. plus it's winter so she doesn't need as many. in the summer it'll prolly be more often.

Tiffany - posted on 01/20/2010

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I bathe my 7 month old son EVERY night! I cannot imagine sitting in diapers all day and NOT having a bath! Of course wipees are used for poopy diapers but I feel the chemicals from the wipees need to be cleaned off as well. I understand that baths can dry out babies skin but that's what lotion is for. I sometimes bathe my kiddo twice a day if I feel he needs one.

Elisha - posted on 01/19/2010

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I bath my 7 month old son every two days. If its cold outside just make sure the room is warm and the water is nice and warm. If its hot (summer) we tend to bath him every night to help cool him down before bed.

Mary - posted on 01/19/2010

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I bath my little girl every night as its part of her routine, she knows after bath comes bed. x

Christina - posted on 01/19/2010

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I bath my son daily and have done so since he was about a month old, it's part of our bedtime routine. I do keep the bathroom and water quite warm and he loves it! I use that lavender soap and lotion...the warm bath and lotion REALLY relaxes him and he goes right to bed!!

Tab - posted on 01/17/2010

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yes i give my son a bath at bed time it helps them sleep better you just have to make sure they dont get cold and dry there hair good also i give him a bath at bedtime so he will not be going in the cold weather after bath time i do give him one everynight but i lotion him good i have to bath him every night because for some reason if i dont it may just be me i think his finger and feet sink i have had a problem with my nose ever since i get pregnate with him but it may be that he is a biracal child too they are differnt expecally little mexican babies my son is 25 lbs and 21 inches long doc says it is fine but i am thinking he is doing all his growing now because as most people should have noticed mexican are not verry tall and i have seen alot of mexican baby chunky when they are little and grow to verry beauitful children

Christie - posted on 01/16/2010

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I bathe my 6mth son twice a week otherwise aczema acts up. You can also use warm wet wash cloth on days you don't for under the neck and private areas to help them stay clean just put lotion on afterward.

Melissa - posted on 01/13/2010

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I usually bath 3 times a week but more if needed. I usually do it at bedtime to have some "quite" play time. If I know its bath night I will turn the heat up a couple degrees and shut the door in the bathroom (where he bathes) and in he bedroom it seems to warm up a little more and helps stop any drafts.

Kathleen - posted on 01/12/2010

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in our house we only hve a shower so i gve my 6 an a half month old a shower every second night id preder to shower as i still get skin on skin with her an its our own time we both really enjoy i even let her stand at the bottom so its like her own shower only for a minute or so but she really enjoys it,

Ashley - posted on 01/03/2010

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I know that alot of people try to establish routines so that it's easier in the long run. It may be alot harder for me later, but we only bathe our nearly seven month old once or twice a week. Our Pediatrician said DO NOT bathe him every day (2-3 times a week is sufficient). It dries out the natural oils in their skin that even baby oil or lotions cannot replace. As for the air temp... As long as it's warm inside, baby is perfectly fine!

Anna - posted on 01/03/2010

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I bathe him once or twice a week, whenever my 4.5 year old needs a bath. The baby doesn't really get dirty except if he pukes on himself. I bathe him right before bed so it doesn't matter how cold it is outside because we're in for the night.

Larissa - posted on 01/02/2010

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I usually bathe my baby every night. You should always make sure the house is warm and you use warmer water than usual when it's cold outside.

Joni - posted on 12/26/2009

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At 6 months and 2 weeks i bath my baby boy every night, i dont think its right not to bath your kids every day, i couldnt imagine not having a nice relaxing shower or bath at night before i get ready for bed, so i like my kids to look forward to it also. My bub splashes around heaps in the bath now and has just discovered that he is able to roll over onto his tummy in there so we are having a fun time keeping his face out of the water atm! His bath time is our relax time, we love the time together!

ANA - posted on 12/26/2009

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HELLO..my baby is also of 6 mths and 22 days..i bath him almost daily..sometimes i missed it ,if its very very cold otherwise its always gud to give bath to ur baby as it keeps ur baby clean and away from germs..i always do oil massage before bathing and after the bath i cover his feets for sure.

Elise - posted on 12/26/2009

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They way our home is, we have central heating and air no matter the temperature outside it is always heated comfortably and thank goodness getting chilled is not an issue. But we bathe our daughter every night after her dinner because it is part of our routine as well. Every one's routines are different. Our daughter is also a VERY messy eater at 6 months going through about 3 jars of food, leaving about 1/2 of a jar mushed into her hair, ears, neck and every other crease. But there is nothing wrong with a bath every night or every other night, or even every couple of days when they are little because they usually dont go out and get dirty! We just make sure her hair is good and dry before she goes to bed or outside!

Ozge - posted on 12/24/2009

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As most people said, it depends on you. What I would recommend is you can bathe your baby twice a day if you want to, or once a week but do only use soap twice or three times a week. Other times just let your baby splash and play. too often soap dries the skin and also harmful for the hair :-)

Rachel - posted on 12/24/2009

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I bathe every night as part of the bedtime routine. My daughter sleeps all 12 hours that way. Use a warm bath and a warm room. And wrap in a warm fluffy towel until dry. Lotion after everybath, but keep my lotion in a warm spot or in warm water during the bath so that it doesn't make her cold. Then, dress warmly. The key is to maintain the warmth since warm water baths chill babies more when they get out. Hope that helps some. My daughter also has exzema, and the dr said to bathe her more instead of less. We also use aquaphor and Aveeno.

Tara - posted on 12/24/2009

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I bathe our son twice a week. He has very dry skin, so too much bathing with further dry him out. I then lather him up with Cetaphil cream and then warm PJ's. This seems to work for us.

Dorothy - posted on 12/24/2009

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i have a 6 month old also. we bath him every other night if you bath them TOO often it can dry out there skin specially up here in alaska. its used to be just a quick warm bath intended to get him clean now he loves to play so he's in there for about 10-15 minutes just splashing.. then i take him out wrap him in the towel. get him almost completely dry then put on some lotion and dress him.. we do it at night because it calms him down. but like the other moms said about the cold just make sure the room is warm specially if your not dressing him in the bathroom. i make sure i get him dried off pretty fast after his baths.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/23/2009

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Quoting Devi:

How often are you bathing your infant

Hello,
My baby is 6 month 2 weeks. Is ok to bathe him even if it is cold outside?

Thanks,
Devi


My baby is 28 weeks old and I bathe her every two to three days (for the most part).  I do, however, bathe her at night so that the next morning, I don't bathe her and then go outside in the cold weather.  It also decreases what I have to do the next morning to get ready :-)  Hope this helps.





 

Danielle - posted on 12/22/2009

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We bathe about 2 to 3 times a week. I agree with the after daycare comment (even though we use a center daycare), so maybe we will be doing it more when she moves to full time!

Every baby is different, but we stopped using the space heater about 6 weeks ago, I worried more about getting too cold when she was younger and had less body fat. Now we just make sure the water is a nice temp and that we have towels standing by.

Kim - posted on 12/21/2009

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I bath my 6month old son each night, it is our routine. He loves to play in the water and it helps him to to sleep better. If I miss a night bath he has a shower with me the next morning. Babies do get dirty with dribble etc & I just know how good I feel after a nice bath or shower and I wouldnt like to wash every 3rd or 4th day so I dont think babies should be either.

Lauralea - posted on 12/21/2009

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I bathe my son every other night. He has pretty dry skin so I worry about bathing him nightly. He loves the bath and we have a routine for lots of lotion after bath. I don't worry about the cold outside because after his bath he is inside for the night. If he was going to go out I probably would be sure to bathe him at least an hour before hand.

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I bath my kids nightly. It is part of their night routine. If the bathroom door is closed it stays pretty warm. If you are worried I'd take some of the advice posted; space heater, warm the room prior... I find it a soothing part of our night. bath, book, bed... works great (my older one - 4 this week, never gives me issues at night because this has always been our routine)

Tara - posted on 12/21/2009

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I bathe my son, Hayven, nightly. He is at a in-home daycare M-F so I just feel better knowing that he is going to bed clean.... plus, it gives me Mommy & Baby time every night. He loves playing in the water and it tires him out for bed.

We make sure to use tons of lotion (lavender works best) after the bath and a warm bottle. He usually is knocked out right about 8pm.

Shavaughn - posted on 12/21/2009

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well i bath my daughter every other day depending on how messy she gets but if its cold outside i puts a winter coat on her if i take her out after a bath and then put cosy toes on and then rain covers

Maureen - posted on 12/21/2009

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I bathe her every 2 to 3 days, mainly because she's a bit of a dribbler when she's taking her bottle and it goes down her neck lol messy baby :)
As long as its not cold inside i wouldnt worry about how cold it is outside ;)

Aleasha - posted on 12/20/2009

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It's really easy to heat up the bathroom for your little one. Just put the shower on the highest heat for about five minutes prior. Keep the door shut and make his bath water. I give my son baths every two to three days. Some wait longer.

Hannah - posted on 12/19/2009

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just make sure you are bathing him in a warm room. Use a space heater to get the room warmed up prior to taking him in there. Make sure you take him clothes and diaper with you so you can dress him in the warm room.



I only bathe mine about once a week.

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