Is it okay to bathe an 8 week old everyday?

Shareda - posted on 01/26/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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If not, how often should my 8 week old baby have a bath?

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Rose - posted on 10/26/2010

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I only bathed my daughter every other day. It's personal preference of course. I found that if I bathed her more then that her skin got really dry. I still do it everyother day, unless she has an accident. And her skin stays nice.

Sherry - posted on 10/26/2012

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when my daughter was a baby, i'd bathe her pretty much every day, once she was about a month old. the bath was a big part of our daily schedule and it helped her to wind down for the night. soap wasn't used every time, just when needed. even just laying in the warm water for 10 minutes or so would do wonders to help her settle down and sleep better.

Nicolene - posted on 10/24/2012

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I also bathed my baby girl everyday since she was born. i just put a little bath oil in the bath and he skin as soft and smooth. She was a colic baby and the only way that work to sooth a cramping tummy is by putting her in a baby bath with hot water. she is 18 months old now and loves her bath so much that she tells me: " Mama baff now" and if i take my time she gets very upset with me....... i still say you must do what works for you. Enjoy the little one mommies they get big so fast.

Sarutrehan - posted on 08/14/2012

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i massage and bathe my son everyday from day 3 after being discharged from the hospital.by massaging,the oil penetrates into the skin and their skin is nice and soft .secondly,their bones get stronger and i beleive by bathing them everyday,their blood circulation is good and the babies also feels fresh as they are lying all day .even though you clean them well but a bathing makes a difference.

Gracie - posted on 10/26/2010

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Ive heard that bathing everyday isnt good, as other moms have said. Baby doesnt do anything to be dirty so I dont see a need for it. I only bathed my daughter once a week and now at 10 months old I still only bath twice a week. Lotion is not good for babies until after 3months. They naturally produce oil needed to keep their skin moist and by using lotion you could potentially clog their pores. Im sure if you bath with oil in the water, as suggested by someone, that would be fine. Starting a routine is a great thing. But a routine doesnt have to be extensive. My routine is just a bottle, pjs and bed. And since she was 1 month, she goes to bed at 7pm every night and sleeps til 6am.

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Valarie - posted on 10/25/2012

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At that age, I would bathe them daily, however, I would be EXTREMELY careful about the types of soap I use on the baby. Warm water is soothing for a baby, but baby soaps can be drying. I recommend a daily bath, but use products with oatmeal in them to avoi overly drying the baby's skin!



Ironically, water is very drying...so just be careful, and keep a close eye on your infant's skin.

Candice - posted on 10/26/2010

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We were reccomended by the hospital to do it every day if we can as it helps to calm babies, good bonding time for parents and babies and gets them used to the water.

Nuriniatti - posted on 10/26/2010

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For malay, we bath the baby from the beginning. We use warm water and a little baby bath. You know what, we also massage the baby gently to make her/his bone grows strong.. after bath and massage and have her milk, the baby sure sleeps soundly.. like my daughter when she was a baby

Kylie - posted on 01/29/2010

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we bathe our 7wk old evry other day but we massage her with cream to relax her b4 bed, we also do not use soaps but we use bedtime bath. babies skin can be dry even tho it feels soft and smooth cos of how delicate it is, u can bath ur child daily but u need to find a baby moisturiser/oil to replace the oils that daily washin takes away

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I read in a Mayo Clinic article that bathing every day is harsh and that babies don't need lotion unless you cause them to have dry skin. (Washings, soaps, etc) So I bathe Ben every other day, but keep his face and butt clean daily with a warm damp cloth. If he gets crusty (or if he has a really messy diaper) I'll take him in the shower with me. I adjust the shower head so that it won't spray his face, and then just let the water roll down his back. He really enjoys that. Be warned though, don't use soap if you take your baby in the shower. You'll have a terrible time trying to hang on to a slippery baby!

Tabetha - posted on 01/27/2010

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I bathe my son everyday sometimes twice a day if he isn't sleeping well that night. It will only dry thier skin out if your not lotioning them. I bathe him with soap every morning and just make sure i lotion him right after his bath. He doesn't have any dry skin and he always has that clean baby smell.

Mandie - posted on 01/27/2010

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You only need to bathe newborn babies once a week. As others have said, bathing them more than that will dry out their skin. Newborn babies don't get dirty or sweat, so there's no point to doing it more than that

Cherie - posted on 01/27/2010

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I bathe our little one every day to get her in to a routine at night. I only use soap on her every other day. I also put a few drops of baby oil in the bath water to help keep her skin from drying out and so far so good.

Laura Renae - posted on 01/27/2010

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I don't believe your supposed to give infants a bath everyday, in fact doctors will suggest not to because it can dry out their skin, even though you think it is helping them. It really isn't! Giving them a massage helps soothe them better than a bath, or even skin to skin contact!

Miranda - posted on 01/26/2010

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I bathe my son every other day just because I was told that it drys his skin out if you bathe him every day.

Jennifer - posted on 01/26/2010

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I bathe my 7 week old son pretty much everyday...it soothes him and helps him to relax.

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