how often do you give you baby a bath

Elizabeth - posted on 09/09/2009 ( 47 moms have responded )

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i give my daughter a bath in the morning and at night so she is clean

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Monika - posted on 10/29/2009

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I bathe DD every other night... sometimes every night, sometimes every 3 nights.

Samantha - posted on 10/29/2009

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i bath my daughter once or twice a week, she has a skin condition so don't want to dry her skin out and she has to have cream rubbed in from head head to toe after every bath or she ends up with a very angry looking rash from her scalp all the way down to the tips of her toes

Emily - posted on 10/29/2009

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I usually give her one every day, but never go longer than every other day. She gets formula in all her neck creases (lol) and she has very sweaty feet!

Karen - posted on 10/28/2009

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every night - she loves it! i usually wash her face and hands at least once throughout the day with a warm, wet washcloth. it's like a minibath for her and helps soothe her before naptime.

Jessica - posted on 10/28/2009

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My son never has dry skin! I use the night time Huggies bath wash and Johnson calming night lotion every night! Then a bottle and bed. He loves bathtime plus it lets him know bedtime is coming and I never have a problem laying him down. His eyes are usually closed while eating his bottle. Hope it works for you too! Ive heard if you dont want to wash them with soap every nite just wash them off with water but I use soap everynite and have since he was born and he's never had a problem with dry skin!!

Tiffany - posted on 10/27/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

I give my 4 month old a bath everynite as part of his bedtime routine. They do sweat and I think if I like to be clean everyday so does my child.. it also soothes him and knows bedtime is coming up.


I completely agree with the whole "if I like to be clean everyday so does my child." Does your son ever get really dry skin from bathing every night?? And if so how do you prevent that. I like the idea of giving him a bath as a night time routine!! I think I may change my son's routine...:)

Jessica - posted on 10/27/2009

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I give my 4 month old a bath everynite as part of his bedtime routine. They do sweat and I think if I like to be clean everyday so does my child.. it also soothes him and knows bedtime is coming up.

Larissa - posted on 10/26/2009

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I wipe my sons face in the morning with a warm washcloth and bathe him every night. There are a few times when I'll skip a night, but very seldom.

Tiffany - posted on 10/26/2009

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I was told by my doctor and nurses to bathe him every 3 days. I have found though that every other day works for my son. If I don't do it every other day the skin and fuzzies build up in his rolls and I can occasionally smell it. I can't stand it, so 2 days seems perfect for him. If I bathed him everyday I feel his face would become way too dry(I've tried it once or twice because he had baby acne in the beginning thinking that may solve it but didn't) Also my son has these little scab-like things which form on his head (cradle cap maybe?). Anyways all I'm saying is you will know when he needs a bath. I think it's an instinct almost. All babies are different though so trust it! :)

Ximena - posted on 10/22/2009

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Every second day. I clean him up real good in between days with a warm cloth. I bath him in the morning and then he rests and has his morning nap. Night time is too cold and he really has no problems drifting off to sleep at night.

Megan - posted on 10/21/2009

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Once a day at approx 5:30/6pm. When she was a newborn we bathed her only once every 2nd day otherwise her skin would dry out too much. Now we do the 'feed-bath-feed' routine before her storytime then bedtime.

Rhiannon - posted on 10/17/2009

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I give a bath to my daughter every night as part of our bed time routine. I do however skip a night once in awhile, as we live in a dry climate and sometimes her skin gets dry so Ill skip a day to allow her natural oils to sooth her skin.

Brandy - posted on 09/27/2009

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I give my son a bath every night right before bed. It usually relaxes him, and he falls asleep within 15 minutes afterwards.

Jessica - posted on 09/24/2009

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I try to give her a bath at least once a day. I work nights so I'll usually give her a bath in the morning so she'll nap comfortably during the morning hours. Sometimes we may skip a day, but I'll wipe her face then diaper area with a warm towel.

Mary - posted on 09/19/2009

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My son gets a bath usually every other day, before bedtime. He absolutely loves baths, so sometimes I give him one when he is fussy at night just to calm him down. When it was super hot over the summer I used to put him in a cool bath with me and he really loved splashing around with me in the tub. Overall I know it is not suggested to bathe little ones everyday because they get dried out, but I know how important it is to have a nightly routine, just try not to use too much soap if that is the case.

Michelle - posted on 09/19/2009

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I give both my 4 month old and 2 year old a bath every night it calms them and helps them sleep. they both LOVE their bath time!

Andrea - posted on 09/19/2009

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I give my son a bath as needed or every other day. I just wanted to point out about the lotions...They are nice and smell great just try not to use them daily. The more we use lotion the less our body moistens itself and then lotions become a necessity rather than a treat to our skin.

Amanda - posted on 09/19/2009

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I give my daughter a bath every night before bed and sometimes quick showers during the day when she is hot. She is much more comfortable when she gets out of the bath and will usually take a nap after. As much as people say "dont overbathe or you will dry out their skin" all babies skin is different so do what works for your baby because after a bath I just use a little lotion and her skin is just fine.

Sheri - posted on 09/18/2009

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I give my son a bath every evening as part of our night time routine. I find that a nice bath, followed by being loosly wrapped in a blanket and enjoying a bottle in the glider helps him pass right out for the night. Sometimes, I might also give him a bath in the morning as well. We live in a very warm, humid climate, so I find that a bath in the AM can help cool him down for the day. This is also helpful if he spits up in his hair, LOL!

Myra - posted on 09/17/2009

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My midwife recommended once or twice a week. Although i do hands, face and bottom every day.

Jamie - posted on 09/15/2009

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I give my son a bath every night. This helps calm him down from the day. He's only 3 months but he know his routine. And thats really good for babies.

Jessica - posted on 09/15/2009

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My Daughter is 3 months old and already on a schedule. I give her a bath every night and rub her down with bedtime lotion and nice warm bottle after. She sleeps all night long. It helps them sleep and relax.

Susan - posted on 09/15/2009

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My daughter gets a bath everynight as part of her bedtime routine. I just make sure she gets lots of lotion on. And the reason I bathe her everynight is because she has acid reflux and she spits up alot. And it makes her smelly :)

Sheetal - posted on 09/15/2009

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I massage my daughter with baby oil and then give a bath everyday. This way her skin doesn't dry out due to baby oil.

Bronwyn - posted on 09/15/2009

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my hubby baths the baby every night, its their bonding time and he loves it. it gives me a chance to do somthing else- have a break!!! its also a huge part of our routine which we getting into nicely now

Tash - posted on 09/15/2009

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hi i give my baby boy a bath at night time cause i find that it helps him sleep at night now

Carrie - posted on 09/14/2009

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I give my lil guy a bath every night before he gets his last bottle and off to bed

Angela - posted on 09/12/2009

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Our pediatrician recommended only bathing her twice a week until she's crawling (and getting dirty) so that we preserve the natural oils in her skin.

Rebecca - posted on 09/12/2009

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My daughter has showers instead of baths and has since she was born - she loves them! SHe will purposely put her head under the spray.. so gorgeous to see :) She gets a shower once or twice a week. As a number of people have said here.. she isn't doing anything to get dirty at this stage, and I don't want to dry her skin out.

Ashley - posted on 09/12/2009

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I give my son a bath in the morning and at night also he is a total water baby he cries when he has to get out of the water. after his baths i always give him a lotion massage for like 20mins then he will fall asleep within 10mins. he hasnt gotten dry skin or anything from doing his bathes this way and ive been bathing him like this since he was 2 days old

Leigh - posted on 09/11/2009

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i bath my son once every 2 weeks its not like he gets dirty my sis has twins boys and she gave me this book its called baby 411 its great i love it it answer any kind of question you have you should go pick it up

Sophie - posted on 09/11/2009

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i bathed my daughter every other day when she was a newborn as they claim to often dries out the skin but now i bath her every night as it is part of her bedtime routine

Naomi - posted on 09/11/2009

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I bath my son every few days. usually twice a week. I find that's how often he needs, I'll wash his face and hands more often, but the days are so full already and he still nurses super frequently so taking an hour for a bath every day would be so tiring for both of us. The bath really stimulates him and wakes him up. He goes to sleep happily on his own or with nursing. Oh, also, I don't use baby baths or anything, he HATES them. I just get in the tub with him so he can be immersed, he likes that. But it means we need to wait for dad to be home for safety and so he can take him and dry him off while I get out of the tub. So less frequent baths work good for us. When he can sit up by himself it'll be easier to bath him in the tub by himself, and we can do it more often.

Jeanna - posted on 09/11/2009

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i bathe my 3 month old son like every 2-3 days, they are infants they are not that dirty! unless he spits up all over or has a bad diaper explosion lol, its not necessary, nor good for babys skin to be washed everyday it dries out their NATURAL oils that they need. but everyones different right!

Lisa - posted on 09/10/2009

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Our little one has been having a bath every day since the second day after he was born. Once we got home from hospital we started with night time baths as he settled better. He is now three and a half months and still has his nightly bath unless one of us is jumping in the shower at his bath time, then we will take him in the shower with us. We found that he loved having a shower when we recently had a heat wave here and it is was just so hot one morning that I showered him and he relaxed straight away. Other than that I clean his eyes and face several times a day as he has a partially blocked tear duct in one eye which gets a bit gooey after a sleep but is improving with massage and keeping it clean. I just love that clean baby smell too, they smell so yummy after a bath.

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We give our son a bath every night. It's our "4 B's" routine. Bath/ Bottle/ Book/ Bed!! We only use soap once or twice a week so his skin won't dry out. He loves his bath & knows when it's bath time!!

Charlene - posted on 09/09/2009

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I give my baby a bath once or twice a week. He doesn't do anything but lie around or be held all day so what's the use in bathing him all the time? It's time consuming and dries his skin out. We live in a super dry climate and has dry skin to begin with so baths once or twice a week are more than enough for him, even with tons of lotion. And I'm living with my in-laws right now so there are 9 other people in the house are wanting to shower. I hate monopolizing the bathroom for an hour every night for his bath and an hour every morning for my shower. So I limit bath times. We'll increase baths as he gets more mobile.

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My daughter needs a bath every night to settle down for bed. She is only 3 months but she knows that her bedtime routine is bath, bottle/nurse, bed already. I just make sure she gets rubbed down with lotion after each bath so she doesn't get dried out.

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i bath with my son once or twice a week, normally after when he has his poop blowout. it is not like he rolls in dirt or anything. ;) trust me, he is very clean!

Stephanie - posted on 09/09/2009

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I usually give a bath to my daughter whenever she requires it. The longest period in between baths is every other day. But a bath before bed is a good nighttime ritual to start, as it helps calm them down.

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I give my son a quick once over in the sink on a morning and proper bath so he can have a splash and a proper wash before bed, it helps to settle him alot too!

Andrea - posted on 09/09/2009

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I would say once a day is enough although I bathe my son every other day. Babies have natural oils in their skin that they need in order to keep their skin moisterized.

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