how often do you give you baby a bath?

Ciera - posted on 05/05/2010 ( 110 moms have responded )

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I've been giving him a bath every other day because the nurse said that would be fine. Do any of you guys recommend something else?

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Katherine - posted on 05/08/2010

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I give each of my babies a bath every day. Usually at night time right before bedtime.

Christina - posted on 05/08/2010

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I have a 4 year old, 2 year old, and almost 6 month old. All three get bathed 2 a week during the warmer months and once a week during the cooler months.

Elijah's - posted on 05/08/2010

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i would say to STOP bathing him every other day.. give him a bath 3-4 times a day otherwise you will dry out his skin and make sure to use lotion

Erica - posted on 05/08/2010

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I bathe all 3 of my kids everyday & always have. sometimes in the summer when the kids play outside & get super sweaty i give them a bath twice that day. Its just what Im used to & what theyve become used to to.

Jenn - posted on 05/08/2010

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I gave my son a bath sproadically until he was about 6 weeks old. One he was 6 weeks old we started a night time ritual and did bath, bottle, bed. It works wonders!

Danyell - posted on 05/08/2010

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I bathe my son every night. its kind of a bedtime thing it really calms him and reduces the (spoiled breastmilk) smell in his neck creases. lol

Leanne - posted on 05/08/2010

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I bath my daughter every night as its now part of her routine and she has started walking now so gets very dirty. she is 12months. when she was first born though we bathed her every couple of days.

User - posted on 05/08/2010

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You don't need to give your baby a bath everyday. Every other day is good or 3-4 times a week. Just make sure that under is neck is clean cause some times milk gets under there and its start to stink lol.

Lena - posted on 05/08/2010

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Well I was the exact same way and still is, we wash up everday well I do sometimes even twice a day we get dirty bacteria, so do children plus it relaxes them I always say " A good dinner A good bath A goods bottle overall A goodnite sleep

Heather - posted on 05/08/2010

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When she was first born she got a bath about 3-4 times a week, once she got a little more active she got one every other day, however now that she goes to daycare she get a bath every night because of germs/ virus that go around at the daycare, plus she's more active now!

Kyla - posted on 05/08/2010

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I bath my son every night at 7pm. I don't use soap every night but he is used to it and its his routine.

Christina - posted on 05/08/2010

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I usually bath mine everyday. He loves it and usually manages to dirty himself somehow during the day so the he needs it by the end

Sheryl - posted on 05/08/2010

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me i give my boys a bath every other day during the winter and summer time almost everyday. just depends on if they got really durty that day. but normally every other day. cause of there skin can get really dried out.

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If your water is filtered and doesn't contain chlorine it might be safe to give a bath to a baby every other day. I give bath to my 13 months old son only once a week with Mustela Milky Bath Oil. When he soils the diaper I do spot wash :))) He is fine with that routine. I do not accept recommendation of every day bath from nurses.

Joy - posted on 05/08/2010

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Not that this is anything that everyone else hasn't already said - however we totally never bathed our son every day - and honestly we still don't and he's a year old - though I am sure that will change this summer once we start playing more outside and its so hot. If he needs a bath I give him one, but I have to be very careful to use vit E oil or lotion daily whether he bathes or not because his skin gets too dry and has eczema - though he seems to have mostly grown out of it now - thank goodness! I do wash his face and hands after every meal for sure - ever since he started feeding himself.

Through last summer was he was very small - he would get a raw spot under his chin - there was a spot that never got air (before he could hold his head up) - and I used a great balm that I got from whole foods in the baby section with bees wax and several other ingredients - it would clear up his chin within hours of application.

Elena - posted on 05/08/2010

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My boy is 9 months already and I give him bath every day since he is born. He loves the bath time and the water and I don't see a reason for not giving him a bath. The morning bath is more for the play time that for the bath itself (I don't wash his hair in the morning, only at night) and he stays in the water 20-30 min. The night bath is part of the bedtime rotine and is quicker.

Famosane - posted on 05/08/2010

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For the first month I ony bathed my daughter every other day because her skin was very sensitive, she is now 4 1/2 months old and has been getting a bath every night, I bath her every night with QV bath oil and Johnsons night time bath, she loves it, it's part of her bed time routine, she gets bath, fed then put to bed, ever since we have gotten her into this routine she has been sleeping 12 hours straight each night, I think the bath relaxes and soothes her before bed.

Sandra - posted on 05/08/2010

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I bath my twins every day with Dove for sensitive skin (recommended by their pediatrician) but I put Medela products on their skin to prevent dry skin and it's working. They're 6 weeks old.

Sarah - posted on 05/07/2010

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Every other day is good for young babies, as they get older more it's better to give them more often. My kids would get 1 every other day and when they turned about 5 months, they got baths more often. My kids are 13 months and almost 3 so they get baths like 1 a day right now because of how much they do. See what works for you and your baby

Sam - posted on 05/07/2010

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i dont give mine a bath everyday because i dont want to dry out his skin but as he gets older i will give him a bath more often but as of right now hes only 5 days old

Miranda - posted on 05/07/2010

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as soon as the cord came off i bathed her everyday. it has been a routine for 21 months now and she know that after a bath that is shortly bed time

Sheena - posted on 05/07/2010

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my son is almost 4 months old n i give him a bath everyday since he was a month and a half... but its usually only a min bath cuz then he knows its bed time.. i was told this is fine if its not to long of baths every night.. n because he poops so much all day i was told it was a great way to clean his bum.. i only use shampoo every few days...

Penny - posted on 05/07/2010

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i bathed all my kids everday, but they dont really get dirty when there littel its just the milk smell so it is okay not to bath them everday its up to the mum and what they feel is right. once they are up and moving that get a lot dirtyer and need to be bathed more often

Michelle - posted on 05/07/2010

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I didn't read all the other post, but the ones I did read I agree. The only thing I will add and I'm not sure if someone else said it or not. When my son was a baby I would bath him a couple to three times a week and then the days that he didn't get baths I would wash him off with a baby wipe.

Becky Jane - posted on 05/07/2010

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Hiya i give Amelia a bath every other day she bath's with me and its a nice bonding thing, i would say bath him every other day as it washes away the natural oils in the skin.

Amber - posted on 05/07/2010

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Usually we bath my 6 month old daughter every night before bed....we find that it helps her sleep better throughout the night :) We have always bathed her every night because when she was young, she would always spit up and now that shes older and eating, she tends to make more of a mess!

Emilie - posted on 05/07/2010

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I gave my daughter a bath every night and as a result she, like me, has dry shoulders and arms. I wasn't given any proper advise about baths. Hence this time with my son he has a bath as and when I think he needs it, about twice a week and his skin is much better then hers. She is 19 mths now and he's only 2 months so we'll see if it makes any difference.

Melissa - posted on 05/07/2010

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i bath my daughter when she is covered in food, dirt, sweat, etc... or every second day

Doni - posted on 05/07/2010

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I give my daughter a bath everyday! I just figure she's dirty from sitting around in a diaper all day. I started doing that when she was about 4 or 6 months. We both really enjoy bath time!

Megan - posted on 05/07/2010

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Every other day is good. That always their skin to stay moisturized from his natural oils but doesnt always him to get too dirty. I would suggest cleaning out his ears everyday though.

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for the first couple weeks, i gave my daughter a bath every other day, but she puked so much when she was little that i upped it to every day... never had a problem with her skin drying out. she still gets a bath every day (at least 6 times a week anyway), and still no problems. she loves her baths. i let her sit in there for like 20 mins so she can play with her toys :)

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I bathe my 5 1/2 month old twice a week unless she was unusually sweaty or had a POONAMI! She's a baby, not getting real dirty.

Veronique - posted on 05/07/2010

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My 23 months old gets a bath every day because she plays in the sand and dirt. My 6 month old gets a bath every other day.

Jessica - posted on 05/07/2010

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i bath my baby girl every night but i also use a moisturizer on her everyday aswell do wat u feel is best i had to bath her everyday because she was a very spewey baby and she also dribbles alot

Alana - posted on 05/07/2010

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all midwifes tell u diffrent things i was nva told not 2 bath my baby every nyt iv bathed him every nyt frm day 1 as it got him used 2 being n a routine ready 4 bed a hr later do wot u think is best n wot works out 4 u wen he was a new born after a bath id masage him with baby oil witch keeps the skin nice n soft

Nicole - posted on 05/06/2010

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My husband insists since day one that we give our daughter a bath every single day. And in the summer he likes to bath her twice a day some days because he says its uncomfortable being sticky and sweaty. I've explained that it's not 100% neccesary to bath her every single day, especially when she was a new born. But my hubby's stubborn lol.

My daughter is now 19 months (Wow the time just flies by! :) )

Sarah - posted on 05/06/2010

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i bath my step children twice a day and my son once a day my son is almost 10 mos old, if you give your child a bath frequently make sure you use baby oil and lotion :] giving baths more frequently premotes good hygine later on

Nicole - posted on 05/06/2010

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My Baby is 7 1/2 months old and i give her a bath every other day just so her skin wont get dried out.

Barbora Milena - posted on 05/06/2010

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I bath my daughter every day, at the same time...i think its important for the babies to have a routine and she loves her bath time....i dont use soap to dont dry her skin out n other part of our routine is baby oil massage of the body, so she can relax plus her skin gets some moisture..

Tiffany - posted on 05/06/2010

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My daughters are older but have a very severe case of eczema and is sensitive to alot of the products on the market. We were very careful with bathing them only about 2 days but we would wipe them down with mild soap and water everyday. When they were younger we washed them everyday and slapped on vaseline and all these thick creams that the doctor recommended. About 5 months ago we stopped using products recommended by the doctor because it burned their skin and made the condition even more uncomfortable. However, I have come to the conclusion that its not the bathing thats the problem its the products that we are using. I stumbled across a company (recommended by another mom) that manufactures products that are natural, safer, and better. Specifically, they have a product line called Renew(lotion, bath oil, body wash, and hand soap)...EXCELLENT PRODUCT.... This is one of the companys most popular and most effective product. I also recommend changing the detergent that you use for washing and the company also has a complete laundry line as well. If any of you are interested in more information feel free to inbox me and I can send you more information

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everyday now with a 11mo, he loves his baths and its just part of our evening routine, dinner, bath, bottle, bed. i think about every 2nd day when he was newborn

Ashley - posted on 05/06/2010

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ive got a 19 month old and i bath him everyday! he gets into way to much stuff not to bath him everyday... but when he was younger every other day worked just fine

Melanie - posted on 05/06/2010

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I bathed my daughter every 2nd night till prob about 7mths then bathed her every day. She loves her baths and its a big part of her night rutine. Her skin got a little dry but a good cream fixes that just fine. though i never put the cream on her hands and feet so it didnt end up in her mouth. i always use a book called aby love and it says in there you can bath them every day even twice a day if they like it and it helps calm them or if they dont like it 2-3times a week is fine too but that you should top and tail them each day.

Meredith - posted on 05/06/2010

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up to 2 months, i probably bathed my son every 2-3 days, he spit up all the time so he was getting wiped down all the time anyway haha! after that, he got a bath every other day, and when he started crawling we started bathing him every night, but only using soap every other night to not dry out his skin. this winter we found that he has eczema so we always put on cetaphil cream after his baths. he is 18mo now and plays outside everyday so he HAS to have a bath! no matter what you do, it is important that you follow a routine because babies looooove consistency :) if my son doesn't get dinner-bath-book in the 2-hour time frame before bedtime he seems lost! good luck!

Elysia - posted on 05/05/2010

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When we first brought him home, we were told no more than twice a week to start because he wasn't really going to get dirty and it can dry out their skin. Once my son was diagnosed with severe eczema, we were told to keep it at no more than twice a week even though for most people it would be okay to go every other day or as needed. Now that he is 9 months old, we are shooting for 2-3 times per week and adjust for messes, since he still has bad eczema. The main thing for us was to keep the baths short (sadly limiting fun bath splashy time!) to reduce the amount of exposure to water/loss of natural oils.

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