Ivy - posted on 09/27/2010
That's not enough. Baby should bath everyday from Birth. I'm just wondering which doctors are saying that baies should bath 2-3 times a week. I'm from South Africa and when I was in hospital with my newborn baby, Doctors told us it's crucial to bath the baby everyday, it minimises infections. Nurses made sure that we gave our babies a bath everyday while we still in the hospital. Dry skin is no excuse not to bath a baby as there are very good baby moisterisers that can be put in baby's bath and body after the bath.
Sharon - posted on 09/24/2010
I've been bathing and showering my grandson every evening since he was a newborn. I use a Lavendar body wash and lotion his body afterwards. I did the same with my daughter. It helps him calm down and prepare for bed. He has sensitive skin and the bath or shower has never been too much for him. I know I love how I feel after a bath or shower.... and my grandson enjoys them too!!.
Elizabeth - posted on 09/24/2010
Not enought you need to bath him Daily as you would bath yourself daily then when he get older he,ll be use to taking bath everyday my son is six now and he wont go to sleep until he takes a bath he will cry and bug u until he takes his bath then he,s out like a light i try to let him slide but he wont have it lol
Remember, he has no way of telling you how he feels. How do you feel after a shower? Do you sleep better? Do you like to go to bed feeling sticky or dirty? Dry skin? Then use baby lotion. I have bathed my child every day since day one. Of coarse, when they are older, and they are too tired to bathe, I would let them skip, but bathe in the morning. Cleanliness next to Godliness!
Deborah - posted on 09/24/2010
My grand daughter is 3 months and has had a bath every night since she was born....don't use soap everytime...but she has always slept thru the night for my daughter...we don't like to go to bed sticky or dirty so why should they (smile).plus she is in a GOOD routine....nice warm bath, warm bottle and OUT for the night...
Hanoi - posted on 09/23/2010
I have 2 boys, I have always given them a bath every day, sometimes two in a hot day, the bath helps them to calm down. I am from Venezuela, in my country doctors recommend daily bath but, I have friends in other countries where doctors recommend different routines. When I took prenatal classes I visited the hospital to see the routine with babies, nurses told us that they bath babies every day, they do not use sponge baths and do not recommend do sponge bath either because the sponge could be a place for bacteria . I agree that it's a personal decision, but every day it's def. not too much.
Teresa - posted on 09/23/2010
I believe that is fine; I used to do that with my daughter when she was an infant. I was watching the Doctor's show on tv yesterday and they also said bathing an infant at least 3 times a week is sufficient. Hope this helps! Keep up the good work Mom!
Amanda - posted on 09/21/2010
I would say it depends on your son. I was giving my girls a bath about every other night when they were that age. But, on nights when they would get messier at dinner or for whatever reason, they would get a bath. So sometimes it was every other night, and sometimes it was a couple of nights in a row. If you son is eating solids now, just watch how dirty he gets with it - getting it all over him or in his hair. If he has dry skin in the winter, you might want to cut back a bit to every couple of days unless needed. I dont really think there is a right or wrong answer to this, just whatever works for you son.
Wendy - posted on 09/21/2010
When she was a baby we'd bathe her every other day but now that she's three we try to do a bath every night as part of our bedtime routine as it helps calm her down and get her ready for bedtime. Just make sure you lotion him up so his skin doesn't dry out. Skin is tender at the age so be careful!
Lauren - posted on 09/21/2010
We didn't start giving our son a daily bath until he started playing outside regularly. If you bathe a baby too often when they're young, it can dry out their skin. We had bath time every other day until he was about a year and a half (which was when he started playing outside at daycare).
Susan - posted on 09/20/2010
I have 3 kids now but I have always given them a bath every day, when they were newborns I gave them sponge baths but after they grew up a little I gave them a bath twice a day, one in the mornig and the lavander one at night, they never got dry skin, they loved baths and they still do, in the morning I could tell when they were ready for a bath, they would get uncomfortable, but they got used to getting a bath every day just like me. That's the way I was raise. I think it's a personal decision, but every day it's def. not too much, not for my kids anyway. ;)
Krystal - posted on 09/16/2010
I think that's fine. My youngest is 20 months now but at that time, he was bathed regularly but not too often. When he was around that age, it was summertime and we have central air so he didn't really get sweaty all that much. It was too hot for him to be outside a lot. Now we have him and his sister alternate bath nights. Last night was his night so tonight is hers (unless circumstances are different).
Perfectly fine in my opinion. Really it depends on your son and you. For us bath is part of bedtime routine. Now that he is older (almost 2) we will drop it to every other night or every two nights and then it really depends on how dirty he is... he does like his sand and water... On the nights our son insists on having a bath and he is not dirty, we just put less water in the tub. Just enough for him to have a good splash in and play with his bath toys.
So do what is best for you and your son!
hubby and i bathe our daughter every night as part of her bedtime routine. we don't use soap every bath though, and she always gets lotion or baby oil to keep her skin nice and soft. if your routine works for your little man, his skin is good and you're happy, then you're absolutely doing the right thing! to each their own :)
Susan - posted on 09/13/2010
I had asked my pediatrician and she said that the parts that get dirty regularly like the diaper area, hands, and mouth are regularly cleaned also by other means than a bath. She felt that bathing as infrequently as once a week was sufficient at a young age. Frequent bathing can dry out a baby's skin more easily that it does for us adults. Now that my daughter is older (she's 2) she gets bathed every other day unless she's really dirty or sweaty. Use your judgment on what works for you both.
Bridget - posted on 09/13/2010
Hi Bethany, it depends on your bub really! My little man needed to be in a proper routine which included a hot bath, bottle and then bed so that he could sleep properly - we have been doing that since he was 3 months old and still do it to this day. Although some days he has a shower instead of a bath. The only time I limited his bath to every second day was when his eczema played up really badly and the water was causing him to dry out too much, but it hasn't happened again since so yep bathe as much as you feel is right for your little one!!
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