is it true that we have to bath the baby twice a day?

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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because for me only once,every morning and before they go to sleep,only half bath..they might get sick...like cough and flu..

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Where on earth did you hear that? It's complete codswallop! Every other day is enough. We were told to bathe our son just twice a week when he was newborn because he had ezcema and the bath just dries their skin out.

Liz - posted on 11/03/2010

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Flu is a virus, you don't catch it from taking a bath.



Every other day is good enough. Too often and he/she will suffer dry skin.



I'm 25 and I don't even bathe 2x a day. After age 1, once a day is enough or every other day if they don't play in the dirt much.

Bonnie - posted on 11/03/2010

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That's ridiculous. Every second or third day is more than enough. They have sensitive skin and bathing too often could cause them to get skin irritation, like dermatitis or eczema.

Isobel - posted on 11/02/2010

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that's just redonkulous (bathing EVERY day) ...I bathe my kids every other day...as do most people I know.

Kayle - posted on 11/02/2010

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My son gets a bath about every third day but every morning he gets a wipe down with a wet rag or baby wipe before we get him dressed. I don't really let him get dirty though. If he eats and gets messy I wipe him up right away and such.

Stephanie - posted on 11/02/2010

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I used to bath my daughter once or twice a week as newborn, now 3 maybe 4 times a week, depending on how dirty she is. Sometimes she gets bathed more often if she has a really dirty nappy, but thats more to freshen her up as sometimes wipes dont get rid of the smell.

Brianna - posted on 11/02/2010

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when my daughter was first born i would bath everysecond day and the days i didnt bath her i would wipe her up with a warm wet cloth. now shes almost a year old and we bath everynight but only wash her hair every second night

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no that can dry out their skin. Babies only need a bath maybe once a week if they are very active on the floor or go swimming.

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Babies don't need to bathe that much, they don't need to bathe everyday even, not til they are mobile. My youngest is 5 months and he gets bathed every other day, when he starts moving around on the floor then I'll bathe him more.

Allie - posted on 11/02/2010

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Thats kinda ridiculous. I don't think that is correct information. Newborns have such sensitive and delicate skin that if they don't absolutely NEED a bath you should LIMIT to once a day (we did every other day now once before bed he's 2 now). As for getting a cold or the flu, they would have to come in contact with the virus. A simple bath cannot make your child sick.

Merry - posted on 11/02/2010

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2 times a week is all you need no matter age. Unless visibly dirty that a wipe can't clean. If your baby needs lotion on the skin then you are bathing too much. Natural healthy skin for a young child needs no lotion.

Rhiannon - posted on 01/23/2010

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My daughter loves bathtime, so she gets one every day (but we don't stress if we are busy of an evening and miss out). Just wipe and driy their bum, hands face and especially under their neck every day. The midwife told me that newborn babies shouldn't have baths too regularly as it dries their skin out and the stuff they are covered in at birth is really good for them, so not to bath them until you are leaving hospital.

Jillian - posted on 01/23/2010

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I'm a first time mother and I had no idea how often to bathe our daughter. When she was first born we just bathed her 3 times a week. Now she is 6 months old and crawling around. Since shes eating more food and has more dirty stools a day, we bathe her every other day. But if i miss a day I really dont worry.

Filomena - posted on 01/23/2010

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when my baby was a new born was every second day, now thats hes 6 months I bath him every day he sweats quite easily so Im having to bath him everyday plus it helps him sleep better. hes getting into all sorts of things where Im having to chase him on his walker! I bath him between 8 - 9pm every night. But as everyone else says its really up to the parents/mother.

Natasha - posted on 01/23/2010

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How often should I bath my baby?

Although some parents bath their babies every day, until yours is crawling around and getting into things, a daily bath isn't really necessary. Many parents and babies love bath time but there is no evidence that suggests babies must have a daily bath. It's up to you and your baby really. The overuse of strong cleansers and even tap water can damage the developing skin of newborns. Look for gentle pH neutral cleansers or mild soaps designed especially for babies and use them sparingly in the first few weeks.

Washing his face frequently and thoroughly, cleaning his genital area after each nappy change, and cleaning off any other obvious muck, will be enough to keep him clean between baths. When you do bath him, you may find it a little scary to handle your little one when he's all soapy and slippery, so keep a good grip. Most babies find the warm water very soothing.

Looked it up hope it helps out a little

Cassie - posted on 01/23/2010

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There's no need to give your newborn a bath every day. In fact, bathing your baby more than several times a week may dry out his or her skin. If you're quick with clean diapers and fresh burp cloths, you're already cleaning the parts that really need attention — the face, neck and diaper area. - MayoClinic.com & Parents Mag.

Natalie - posted on 01/23/2010

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its fine to bath them once or twice a week just clean their hands face and bum every day. check behind their ears and under their neck often too as these can get sore if not cleaned and dried properly xx

Patricia - posted on 01/23/2010

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babies usually dont need to shower everyday, usually a good wipe down is sufficient. In summer it may be okay depending on where u live & how hot it gets so that the babe is more relaxed. when u do wipe downs u want to make sure u clean areas in between any rolls they may have especially like the neck area. i only c that u would need to take a baby a shower 2 a day because he might of got dirty or something.

Danielle - posted on 01/21/2010

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Twice a day will dry her out . Do as needed but at least 4 times a week. They don't do too much and what they do you normally use babywipes for anyways.

Michelle - posted on 01/21/2010

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Every other day or every couple of days so that their skin doesn't get too dry. On days that they don't give baths just wipe 'em with a wet wipe when you change their diaper. Twice a day is waaaaaay overboard. We only do every day when my son really wants to play in the bath and then we don't wash (unless he's dirty of course lol).

Carolee - posted on 01/21/2010

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My son's ped. said to bathe him just whenever he got dirty. Twice a day seems a bit overboard to me.

Patricia - posted on 01/21/2010

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No. When my little girl was a baby, we only bathed her every other day, or even every couple days. Babies really don't get dirty.

Liana - posted on 01/21/2010

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no, I have 3 kids the first one we bathed every day the 2nd and 3rd every other day. They don't really do much to get dirty.

Lisa - posted on 01/21/2010

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no dont i bathed my 1st son everyday and it dried out his skin so bad 4 times a week is fine and just go over them with a damp cloth on the no bath days :)

Nicole - posted on 01/21/2010

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never heard that before. when phoebe was a newborn, we only bathed her every other day. now she usually gets one bath per day (sometimes she get a second bath if she rolls in dirt or something).

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