How often should a 2 month old take a bath?

Tara - posted on 11/22/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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How often should I bathe my 2 month old? Is it time for lotion???

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Kathleen - posted on 11/24/2009

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My pediatrician told me every other day is often enough....but a couple per week is enough unless they are rolling in dirt daily...(LOL)....pediatrician said to use dove as it has moisturizing properties and is real soap....said to not use lotions or powders as these can clog pores and make skin problems worse....cradle cap will go away on its own without lotions.....stay away from perfumed soaps as these can cause diaper rash....best advice I ever got was, "keep them warm, fed, loved and all the rest will fall into place on its own."

Renae - posted on 11/23/2009

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I have always bathed my baby every day. Maybe I just have a grotty baby! I use a very small amount of baby bath soap free stuff in the bath water. But my son does not have sensitive skin. I have a bit of a differing opinion on lotions, I believe that by applying lotion regularly (and I think this goes for adults too) you train the skin not to be able to self-hydrate and you end up needing to moisturise. I would only moisturise my baby's skin if it was looking dry and needed it, otherwise I let his body naturally look after itself. But that's just me.

Jennifer - posted on 05/07/2012

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I gave my sons a bath twice a week max, then washed them (top to tailed) them every night with a warm washer, anything more can dry their sensitive skin out and increase risk of rash's. I found johndon and Johnson products extremely harsh on their skin and went to the qv wash u get at the chemist and that worked well with no rash's. Babies arnt like adults, so don't feel its yukky to only wash them half as much a u wash

Marisol - posted on 11/23/2009

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i took ma infant a bath every other night but it dosent hurt to do it every night. i would put lotion after every bath i love the smell of the pink Johnston lotion its smell like a clean baby lol :)

Tarsha - posted on 11/22/2009

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my little guy is 5months old now and since about 3months he has had a quick shower in morning with mum or dad then a long bath at night....babies need a bath at least once a day

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Melany - posted on 11/26/2009

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Well they say it's not good for newborns 2 take a bath every night cause it dries out there skin norm alls they need is one once a week now i didnt feel right only giving my daughter a bath once a week so i did it 2-3 time and used lotion. It worked for me but it all depends on the baby and how sensitive they r. best of luck!!!

Sarah - posted on 11/25/2009

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Babies don't get very dirty. Their skin is so sensitive, be careful what you use to bathe your baby(organic as possible), no harsh smells or colors. I washed down my babies with warm water only for months, while bathing them twice/week. As for lotions, I don't trust much of what is offered at the grocery stores, too harmful for babies, so I purchase a fantastic lotion online(wouldn't be without it, good for whole family). Hope this is helpful to you...enjoy that sweet baby:)

Sarah Pollard
www.internetceomoms.com/healthyhappyhomes

Abi - posted on 11/24/2009

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i also wash my babys hair everynight and i no some ppl say not to but my girl has lovely thick hair

Abi - posted on 11/24/2009

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my little girl since she came out of hospital has had a bath at least once a day (at night time) unless she gets messy then she could have 2 or 3, every night she has bath bottle bed and from 3days old she has slept at least 10 hours straight off and the relaxing bath with no toys i really reakons helps

Louise - posted on 11/24/2009

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i bathed my son twice a day from day 1 the min he was born i bathed him 3 hours after he got the lot i like my son to be really clean its called fussy

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i bathe my son everyday since he came home from the hospital an still do he has never been dry or nuthin but i also lotion him up twice a day an an you can put lotion on a 1 day old baby hospitals put it on the babies right after they get there first bath

Hilary - posted on 11/23/2009

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My daughter is 4 weeks old and I bathe her once a week-ish. I don't use lotions because they usually contain alcohol and that drys out skin. (Awfully tricky of them huh). I use jojoba oil instead. My esthetician said it's the closest to the body's natural oils and so is absorbed easily by the skin.
My son is 3 and he gets a bath 3-ish times a week. More if he stinks or is dirty. I started upping them with him once he started getting around and eating solids. That's when he started getting dirty and needing them.

Krystal - posted on 11/23/2009

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from day one i've given my little boy a bath everyday. the first 2 wks i gave him a sponge bath. after 2 wks when his cord fell off... i started giving him tub baths. & i always put lotion on him. now he's 16 months old and loves taking baths! even when he was just a few months old he was wonderful while taking a bath! now if i say BATH he runs to the tub to get in!! its a good routine! so i'd start early!!!!!

Candice - posted on 11/23/2009

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I swear by Eucerin or Aquaphor (works the best for diaper rashes too) but thats only because my son has pretty dry skin. The doctor reccomended to me bathing my son no more then everyother day especially in the winter. You can even go longer then that with younger children because they don't move around on the ground and get into stuff, just do a little sponge bath of their face and private parts in between.

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ya its not the best to give a bath every night, if you feel like he is dirty just wipe him down a little.... be careful with lotions, as they can actually dry the skin out more, its the fragrance. The best soap is actually just the plain white Dove.... it doesn't contain dye or fragrances that dry out the skin. Also, you could use a fragrance free lotion. Or a creme.... You don't have to use a baby lotion or baby shampoo/ body wash. Usually those aren't as good. Altho they smell good and if you baby doesn't have a problem w dry skin it shouldn't matter so much

Hannah - posted on 11/22/2009

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You really dont need to bathe a 2 month old more than twice a week. I would bring my daughter in the shower with me whenever I needed to shower. Babies need to have their natural oils on their new skin. If you want him to have a bath nightly to soothe him (I never did this, but it works for lots of mamas) just dont use any soap on him or in the water. But bathing that much will dry his skin out. Soap will just make is much worse. Good luck!

Veronica - posted on 11/22/2009

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When my son was that little I only bathed him once a week unless he spit up on him self or had a really messy diaper. Other that that infants need the oils on their skin. My son is now almost 3 years old and I bath him every other to every 2 nites (more often if needed), his skin is sensitive and drys out easily.

Caryn - posted on 11/22/2009

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Honestly your 2 month old isn't getting dirty so doesn't NEED a bath often, and like osmeone said, the cold winter air will dry out their skin fast so I wouldn't recommend a bath more than 3-4 times a week.

My son has eczema and I use coconut oil on him instead of lotions. He is 14 months old and only gets a bath once a week unless he needs one before the weekly one :)

Jocelyn - posted on 11/22/2009

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My son had my sensitive skin when he was little, so i gave him a bath every 2-3 days. And I put lotion on his skin after the baths, that was about the only time. My daughter is 6 weeks and gets a bath every 3-4 days. She does get a little sponge-bath in between.

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I always bathed my son every other day and washed his hair about once a week or sometimes twice a week if it looked greasy. I also used Burt's Bees apricot oil in his water. It kept his skin soft and smelled so good. If his skin was really dry I would use Eucerin cream.

Meghan - posted on 11/22/2009

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My little guy has had a bath every night since he was born, and he gets a massage every night after his bath with lotion. He loves his bath and massage and it's 9 months later. Some nights we don't wash in the tub, its just play time.

Julia - posted on 11/22/2009

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an infent (under a year) isnt supposed to have baths often, i have a 9 mo and he only gets a bath once a week, i didnt know this with my first and he was getting them ever two days, he developed a bad rash and the DR said it was because he was to young. when they are infents they have something in the oils thats good for them so even if you do need to give baths, instead of just whiping them down, dont use anything but water. and lotion wont hurt.

Brandi - posted on 11/22/2009

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I wouldn't give a 2 month old a bath every night. It could be drying to the skin *esp. in winter* as for lotion, that depends on the baby. My son had very dry skin and lotion didn't seem to help much. Turns out he has eczema and baby lotion can make it worse. i would recommend that you try either aquaphor (which is like an ointment) or Eucerin which is a cream. this co. also make the aquaphor. Both work really well, if your child has really dry skin and can be used from birth. I bathe both my kids every other night. My daughter is 3 and a think i will soon begin bathing her nightly as she seems to get way more dirty than she used to.

Courtney - posted on 11/22/2009

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I gave my lil one a bath about every other night...and lotion the same unless he looked dry then I would put lotion on as needed.

Heather - posted on 11/22/2009

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Has the cord fallen off yet? Once my sons cord fell off I was giving him a bath every night, along with lotion. He very quickly got into a good routine, and now knows, once he gets a bath, and is in his PJs it's time for bed.

Hannah - posted on 11/22/2009

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You really dont need to bathe a 2 month old more than twice a week. I would bring my daughter in the shower with me whenever I needed to shower. Babies need to have their natural oils on their new skin. If you want him to have a bath nightly to soothe him (I never did this, but it works for lots of mamas) just dont use any soap on him or in the water. But bathing that much will dry his skin out. Soap will just make is much worse. Good luck!

Caryn - posted on 11/22/2009

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Honestly your 2 month old isn't getting dirty so doesn't NEED a bath often, and like osmeone said, the cold winter air will dry out their skin fast so I wouldn't recommend a bath more than 3-4 times a week.

My son has eczema and I use coconut oil on him instead of lotions. He is 14 months old and only gets a bath once a week unless he needs one before the weekly one :)

Brandi - posted on 11/22/2009

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I wouldn't give a 2 month old a bath every night. It could be drying to the skin *esp. in winter* as for lotion, that depends on the baby. My son had very dry skin and lotion didn't seem to help much. Turns out he has eczema and baby lotion can make it worse. i would recommend that you try either aquaphor (which is like an ointment) or Eucerin which is a cream. this co. also make the aquaphor. Both work really well, if your child has really dry skin and can be used from birth. I bathe both my kids every other night. My daughter is 3 and a think i will soon begin bathing her nightly as she seems to get way more dirty than she used to.

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