Bath Time

Chrystal - posted on 08/17/2010 ( 78 moms have responded )

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My baby girl is 6 weeks old, and I give her a bath 3 times a week. About when can you start giving them a bath every night or atleast every other night?

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Jennifer - posted on 08/17/2010

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i started when my son was about a 2 months old because i was starting to get a bedtime routine established.

the important thing to remember is that even if they get a bath every night, their entire body does not need to be washed with soap every night. i use a tiny bit of soap to wash the creases of his neck, and the creases of his diaper area every night, everything else gets plain water most nights.

even plain water can dry out baby's skin so i also added a soothing massage with baby lotion after bath to our routine.

Brook - posted on 08/23/2010

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I always gave my children 2 baths a day from the first day home. never any skin problems. I had a home daycare and noticed more skin and scalp problems with the ones who didn't bath everyday.

Francesca - posted on 08/23/2010

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the nurses warned me not to bath my baby every day when I was being discharged.

You know Dr. Sears was saying on his show that babies don't need to be bathed more than twice a week. That a simple wipe up is just fine. And bathing every day is not good for their skin, body temperature, and hair.

Although my daughter gets about 3 baths a week now that she is 15 months and gets into EVERYTHING. Yesterday she discovered mud puddles :(

But thats just what we do. You have to do what you think is best for your little one. And if that is to bath him everyday, who cares what everyone else thinks.

Brook - posted on 08/22/2010

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My son just turned one two weeks ago. As a newborn my pediatrician told us to bathe him only once a week unless he got dirty. Also she adviced against using baby lotion or any lotion at all. Bathing to much and/or using lotion to often can dry out their skin and can also cause thier poors to clog. We started giving my son 2 or 3 baths a week when he became more mobil around 6 months old. Still we continue on that track but usually every other day now.

Tamara - posted on 08/22/2010

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I bath my kids every 2nd day coz I was told it wasn't good for there skin to be washed every day.

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Heather - posted on 09/02/2010

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My baby boy is 14 weeks old. I bathe him every night as part of his bed time routine. I use johnsons baby bath followed by lotion. His skin is healthy and he loves his bath. He even starts to get fussy right before bath time. He then sleeps thru the night. (11 1/2 hours).

Ivy - posted on 09/02/2010

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For hygienic reason it is essential to bath your baby from day one. My baby was bathed from the day he was born while I was in hospital. I stayed in hospital for 3 days and when the nurses did their rounds they made sure that the mommies bathed their babies. A mommy who missed bath time with be in deep trouble with the nurses. There is no reason really not to bath your baby everyday, it's jjust so unhygienic for the baby. Imagine how you feel when you havent bathed for three days, terrible, don't you think baby feels the same way too. With regards to rashes and dry skin, you can use baby oil in the baby's bath and use lotion or vaseline baby jelly rub on his body after his bath.

Shawna - posted on 09/01/2010

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There is no medical need to skip days for baths at any age. Doctors tell you to give sponge baths until the umbilical cord is gone, because the water will keep moisture in the cord and cause infections. Once the cord is gone you can give your child a bath 6 times a day if you want to.. Just use lotions to keep their skin moisturized.. If you want to give your daughter a bath every night then go for it.

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u could start giving a bath every other night now if you want. with my son we gave him a bath every other night until he started eating solid food and crawling around, and then he got a bath every night because he would get dirty

Melinda - posted on 09/01/2010

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i bathed my son 2 times a day, i like to be clean and have a nice fresh bath in the morning so i like to do the same for him. we live in a pretty warm climate all year round so it wasn't too bad in the winter. he still has a shower with me in the morning and a bath at night as it is a part of our routine now and he enjoys the shower and play with me in the morning.

Marla - posted on 09/01/2010

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i think u do what u feel is best...
i used to bath my kids every night as soon as they were born but once winter comes around, i cut it down to only 3 a week (assessing each days dirtiness lol...) coz it gets too cold plus they arent working up a sweat as much and they arent playing in the garden or park as much too... ull find the older ur kid gets the more u have to just go with the flow!! ive had days when ive bathed my bois 3 times in 1 day coz of potty training accidents and sand n muc fights lol... awww i love my bois!!

LeAnna - posted on 08/30/2010

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you can do it every night or every other night just be sure to get her completly dried off...we were in a hurry and tried to give my niece a quick bath and didnt get her bottom dried off very well and she got a yeast infection at 7 months....this is common in baby girls and is fairly easy to prevent...baby powder and desiten really helps....good luck with your little one

Natalie - posted on 08/29/2010

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i gave my kids, especially when they were infants a bath EVERYNIGHT, not only is it just the fact of them being clean but it establishes a nighttime routine and helps them sleep better

Holly - posted on 08/28/2010

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i give my 8 yr old daughter a bath 3 times a week or depends if she is real dirty every day. my son almost every night because he is very messy, of course he is a boy! but during the winter, 2 or 3 times a week. this summer is super hot!!!

Ruth - posted on 08/28/2010

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My health visitor told me that babies dont need to bathed every day because they dont get that dirty until they are moving around. I never established it as a night routine as my daughter has slept thru the night regardless of routine since birth.

Jamie - posted on 08/27/2010

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I bathe my son every night and he's ten weeks old. I lotion him up constantly though, otherwise his skin will dry out. If I don't give him a bath, he cries until I do. Spoiled little boy. :)

Dani - posted on 08/27/2010

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My doc also recommended bathing only once a week unless dirty. My son is 5 months old and we do a full bath twice a week and then we sponge bath his neck folds and diaper area every day.

Kirsten - posted on 08/27/2010

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Honestly, I didn't start giving my daughter a bath every other night until she was 18 months. She just didn't get too dirty and doesn't sweat (except when she was a newborn). I did every 3rd night. Now its every other. I don't think they need baths every night until maybe 2nd or 3rd grade.

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I have given both my kids a bath every single night since they were born. I've heard a lot of people say that you're not supposed to do that, but I always use gentle soaps and I always put lotion on them afterwards, and it's never bothered either of them. You know, they spit up and poop and pee on themselves all day. I would feel pretty yucky by the end of the day if I did that. I just can't stand the thought of my babies being filthy for days on end. Plus, giving baths every night helps establish a bedtime routine. It really helps calm them and makes it easier for them to fall asleep because they know it's that time. But don't worry so much about what other people tell you to do. Just do what feels comfortable to you and your baby. Good luck to you!

Tasha - posted on 08/26/2010

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I have been giving my daughter a bath every night since she was 9 days old! I wash her hair and body with night time wash every night. She is now almost 7 1/2 monthes old.She has also been sleeping through the night since she was a month old. Every night right before bed.It is a routine that works very well. She knows when it is time to take a bath and can't wait. Just think if you didn't take a bath every night! they poop and pee all day long.They feel so refreshed after a bath,and they feel very relaxed.Try to do it right before they go to bed and see how that works!

Adi - posted on 08/26/2010

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I don't know if it is a cultural or regional thing (I live in Miami and I am Latina (of Cuban descent to be specific)) but I have been bathing my daughter every day since birth (before the cord fell off it was sponge baths). She loves baths/water, and my mom and mom in law would think I was neglectful if I didn't bathe her every day. When she was a few months old we started doing it before bed - when she was teeny I would do it around noon.

Kelly - posted on 08/26/2010

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I have never heard of bathing every three days, my children have been bathed everyday since the day they were born.... hmmm confused!

Aurora H. - posted on 08/25/2010

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I've been giving my daughter, who now is 8 months, a bath everynight. I find it easier to put her in bed since the warm water calms her down. I try to keep a schedule going 7-8 is bath time and 8-9 is bed time. Its more what you think is good. My mother told me I don't need to give her baths every night. I just went with what I felt was best for my daughter. Its okay to skip, I've done it few times.

Rachel - posted on 08/25/2010

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With my twins I started giving them baths twice a week when they started crawling. Before then I would give them a bath once a week and just wipe them down with a wipe if they got dirty. When they started crusing and walking and playing more outside I would bath them every other night. However when we moved to the desert of Texas I had to cut back because their skin was getting too dry and irritated even with lotion. I think it depends on how active they are, how dirty they get and where you live. My 10 month old gets baths 2 times a week now.

Sadiqah - posted on 08/25/2010

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I bathed both my kids everyday from birth, i find that they much happier after a bath and then put them straight in bed.

Joelene - posted on 08/25/2010

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i gave my daughter a bath either every other night or in the mornings if it was too cold @ night pretty much straight away i'm not a nurse but a qualified child carer and i would say as long as where you are bathing isn't too cold then a bath every night or morning won't hurt!

Jade - posted on 08/24/2010

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whenever yr ready...and ofcourse whenever shes dirty enough to need a bath...i never gave myself a strict routine with things like that..your just setting yrself up for a fall i think..take it at yr on pace..every day,2nd day,whenever she needs it...what yr doing is great already,dont worry..

Paola - posted on 08/24/2010

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I have always given my daughter a bath every night as soon as we brought her home.

Kellie - posted on 08/24/2010

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when they are walking and getting in to stuff bathing them to much is actually not good for there skin! & shes not really doing any thing to get really dirty

Jennifer - posted on 08/24/2010

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I've heard it's not good to give babies a bath every night, because they can get yeast infections, or bladder infections. My daugther is 17 months old and usually gets one either every other day or every other 2 days. She doesn't get very dirty.

Ashley - posted on 08/24/2010

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i did every other day til my daughter was crawling & started getting dirty n stuff then i moved to every day. I just only wash her hair every other time. I don't think it would hurt to do it now unless ur baby has dry skin...but even then just make sure u lotion them up after real good:) I just found it helped create a routine with my daughter:)

Jennifer - posted on 08/24/2010

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My husband and I have given both our kids a bath every other night since the time we brought time home from the hospital. If necessary, we will give them one in between. During the summer months we usually will do one every night to get the sunscreen/bug spray/sweat off them. I wouldn't worry about adjusting your bathing routine, as long as your baby is clean and you are happy with it, why bother to change it.

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I didn't start giving a bath every night until my daughter was almost 6 months old. I found that it dried out her skin (without soap) too much before that point.

Darby - posted on 08/24/2010

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For their first year they don't really get that dirty so anywhere from 1 to 3 baths a week I think is plenty. After a year they are more mobile and can go to every night or like I do - every other night. When my oldest was between 8 and 10 we started implementing every night showers/baths because of the upcoming hormones and wanting her to be used to a good hygiene routine before it started.

Jennifer - posted on 08/24/2010

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I started increasing the number of bathtimes when my son started drooling more. Then as he began to eat some solids I increased to a bath almost every night. It's amazing how much stuff gets stuck in those little neck rolls! If I felt dirt in his neck, I knew he needed a bath..ASAP! :)

Tanya - posted on 08/24/2010

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i started at about 6 weeks its hot weather here in cali so he sweats and his hair gets oily and taking a bath has become part of his schedule. Sometimes if its too hot during the day i let him lay in the baby tub a bit and just splash around. if your worried about the dry skin apply lotion after the bath or baby oil gel.

Elysia - posted on 08/23/2010

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you can start doing that from birth. I bathed my son every day from the day i had him. where as now with my 2nd i only bath her every 2nd to 3rd night. its not actually necessary for them to bathed every day. they dont do anything to get dirty.

Linda - posted on 08/23/2010

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i didn't start giving my daughter a bath every night until she started crawling all over the place. before that I was giving her a bath about three -four times a week.

Shannan - posted on 08/23/2010

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My daughter's 15 months old now and I started giving her a bath everynight at about a month and a half old, just so she would have a nightly routine. I wouldn't wash her hair all the time, about every 3 days for that one, but her important parts and under her neck was everynight before bed time.

Carley - posted on 08/23/2010

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we gave my daughter baths daily from teh begining, her pediatrician was fine with it and confirmed that for the most part, it's an old wives tale that you shouldn't right away. as logn as you aren't using harsh soaps, they wont get dried out

Amanda - posted on 08/23/2010

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Any dr will tell you that a baby doesn't need a bath everyday (unless recommended for cradle cap or something like that) this is because they don't get dirty like the rest of us do.

Miriam - posted on 08/23/2010

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You can start immediately. I always bathed my daughter every day since she came home from the hospital.

Reva - posted on 08/23/2010

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my son was about 3 months when i started to give him a bath everynight. i think it would all depend on how dirty or sweaty your child would get, he's 10 months now so he gets one everynight right before bed. hope that helped

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i gave my boys baths everyday since they were born. nothing will happen to them you just need to be carefull with their head and belly button. but they'll be fine

Debbie - posted on 08/23/2010

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you could of started bathing baby from day 4,what i did is i bath baby in a baby bath and only washed my baby in the morning, they love the water a lot of people has told me that when the baby bath it feels to them as if they are back in the tummy in the birthwater. hope this would help.

Karen - posted on 08/23/2010

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my twin girls have had a bath every night since two weeks old, that is there routine, they have tea, have a bath and then go to bed, they are 18 mnths old now

Stacey - posted on 08/23/2010

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As soon as i got home from the hospital I gave my 2 month old a bath every night, and she was fine, her skin didnt even dry out that much. I just always made sure to put baby lotion on her after

Nicky - posted on 08/23/2010

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its up to you when you want to bath them everyday, like a lot of people though its just part of my daughters bed time regime, has bbeen since she was about a month old. But if you dont want it as a part of the bedtime routine or whatever, id say when your bubba starts moving, cuz thats when they start collecting the dirt lol.

Stifler's - posted on 08/22/2010

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My kid is 6 months and still has a bath every second night unless he is grubby.

Theresa - posted on 08/22/2010

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i think even 3 times a week for a newborn is to much it'll dry out there skin my doctor said on 2 times i'd wait till months for every night

Heidi - posted on 08/22/2010

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I agree with Heather, my ped said the same thing, it does seem the more baths the dirtier. My son gets a bath every other night and that seems to be just right

Heather - posted on 08/22/2010

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My periatrician actually recommended that we only give newborns a bath once a week and I only give my 11 month old twins a bath 3 times a week unless they get really dirty for some reason.

Heidi - posted on 08/22/2010

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Once my sons belly button was completely healed is when i started to baths everynight, but every night was drying my sons skin out so now I do bath time every other night

Stephanie - posted on 08/22/2010

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my baby girl didnt coe home till 10days old cause she was 6weeks prem but i was giving her a bath every other night from then and every night from about 6 weeks old i would have done this earlierut due to have a c section i struggled. i just always made sure i rinsed her tummy after so that there was no residue left on her tummy button. x

Melissa - posted on 08/22/2010

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From the start I gave my son a bath every other night... then at 6 or 8 weeks I started giving him a bath every night! I use a baby bath that has lotion in it and I apply baby lotion liberally after every bath! If his skin seems a little dry then I put baby oil on him instead of lotion.. that helps for us!

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