How often do you bathe your kids?

MamaB - posted on 04/13/2011 ( 33 moms have responded )

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I have decided that it's enough for my 7yr old twins to have a shower every other day and sometimes we even leave it 2 days unless they have had sports or are particularly dirty. In the winter we washed hair every 3 days. Every night if they are not having a shower they have a wash of all the important bits then clean their teeth. What do you think, am I doing the right thing?



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Shereese - posted on 04/26/2011

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we bathe everyday for both the sake of keeping a bedtime routine as well as long term habits. we have sensitive skin as well so we use cool/warm water and little or no soap.

with that being said, what you're doing sounds fine too!

Aramanth - posted on 04/23/2011

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My kids are now teens but even when they were babies I bathed them every day. Not necessarily because they 'needed' it through being dirty but because a bath (or shower), quiet play in PJs and bed with a story was a really great routine for getting them to wind down to sleep easily. Even now they prefer to bathe at night because they find it helps them wind down - and I do, too, for the same reason.

Vicki - posted on 04/23/2011

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It depends on your children's skin. Too frequent bathing, soap (any kind of soap), and water that's too warm can dry a child's skin out. They really don't need to bathe every day unless they are dirty.

Jamie - posted on 04/18/2011

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How often do you bathe yourself? In my opinion, your children should bathe as often as you do! And earlier routines help establish rules before they reach the preteen/ early teen phase when they don't want to bathe at all!

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Blossom - posted on 04/30/2011

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I say the choice is yours, my kids did every other day till resently and now its every day.

Terra - posted on 04/28/2011

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I think your doing the right thing. I have a 7yr old and I do what you described and I see nothing wrong with it. Only in the summer he has baths everyday.

Tracy - posted on 04/27/2011

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I have three boys 19, 16, and 11 and the only one I have to tell bathe is the 11 year old and he bathes every day unless its the weekend and sometimes he bathes then too. The other two are old enough to know when they need to bath.

Dori - posted on 04/27/2011

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First of all, all of my kids are now grown and they lived thru their childhood, so yours will too, LOL
But, every night I would check all the "grunge" spots. In the winter time, they would get a "spit and a promise" with a washcloth. But during the summer, here in LA, rain or shine, played inside or out, they got "dunked". Washing hair? They got a kiss on their head every nite at supper, if it didnt pass the smell test, they got it washed. Its really just a common sense, personal preference thing.
Oh, of course, for special occasions, they always, always got the "full meal deal", LOL
You are doing good, keep it up. We moms are not perfect, our kids will survive us!!!!

OhJessie - posted on 04/27/2011

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I'd honestly suggest some research on the horny layer, the damage that bathing causes it, and the protective aspects of it that are removed by damaging it through daily bathing (wherein it never gets a chance to really replenish.) Always washing it away isn't the best idea and can lead to various skin problems with the removal of the protective horny layer. Washing the relevant bits to avoid odors (as well as some deodorant) and bathing only at most every other day is sometimes the best thing. There is also the "no-poo do" (my daughter only uses shampoo once every so often; no, her scalp isin great condition as is her hair, and no, she doesn't smell, nor does her hair.) There's plenty of info available on the no-poo do. On average no-poo people seem to use conditioner and some scalp scrubbing to keep their hair clean. After all, some of us never use soap on our faces (that's what cold cream was for) and you can remain clean and still protect your skin and hair. She swears by it now, and I like it too. Naturally we need to clean ourselves, but we can do it safely and without always removing protective skin layers. Anyway, constant bathing can simply remove bacteria colonies fromone area of the body to another (which is usually what happens) so we're not so clean as we think we are ;)

Stevie - posted on 04/27/2011

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I bathe my daughter twice a day. Morning and evenings. I bathe mornings to be clean and evenings to relax and thats the routine the kiddos have. We have ezcema its very mild but we were recommended by our doc to use Dove when we have flare-ups and its great.

Priscilla - posted on 04/27/2011

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When my children were in diapers, they needed a daily bath. Occasionally they went 36 hours between baths but never more tha 48 hours. Once they were out of diapers, I bathed them and shampooed their hair every-other-day in the winter and just washed their faces, hands, and feet before bedtime on the nights that they didn't get a bath. However, they were bathed daily in the summer months when they perspired more and played outside and got dirty. My son is 12 now and in the full throes of puberty. He perspires heavily and has body odor if he doesn't use deodorant so he showers and washes his hair most every night. Occasionally he will skip showering on Friday nights but that is about it.
Mama B, If you twins aren't dirty or sweaty, then I think it's perfectly fine for you to bathe them every other day in the winter and just wash their faces, necks, hands, and feet on the nights that they don't get into the tub. Once they hit puberty, they will need to bathe more often and if they are boys, they may be resistant to doing so. I never had any trouble getting my teenage girls to bathe or shampoo but for some reason, 12 and 13 year old boys can be a bit resistant to showering and shampooing daily. So basically it is up to you to decide if you want to establish a daily bath routine now and hope that your twins stick with it when they hit puberty or make things a little easier on yourself now by bathing them every-other-night until they need a daily bath. I certainly would not go longer than 48 hours between baths, with my children or myself.

MONICA - posted on 04/26/2011

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My kids bathe every night. But only wash hair ever other day as long as it doesnt look or smell and she hasnt been very active. We sometimes have to bathe the next morning cause she falls asleep before a bath. In the winter months bathing is different cause our skin dries iut too much.

Lynn - posted on 04/26/2011

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NObody bathes in our house, we SHOWER! lol When my daughter was a toddler, our pediatrician said baths were a bad idea for girls, because "sitting" in the dirty water with soap and/or bubbles promotes yeast infections. So, from like 2yrs old (she showered w/ Mom, til she got the hang of it) and now, at 18, she showers 4-6x a wk, depending on activities. Note: We have also been told by our dermatologist that daily shampooing is also not healthy, no matter hair type or condition. Actually, except for heavy sweating activities TWICE a week is quite sufficient and promotes gorgeous locks.

Lisa - posted on 04/26/2011

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My granddaughter is 3 yrs old and lives with us. I do the same thing with her that you do with your twins and she seems to be fine. Sometimes we have to wash hair a little more often, especially if she gets jelly or something really sticky in her hair. She always looks cute and she doesn't smell bad or anything--I did her mama and her aunts the same way and they have grown up just fine. I think you are doing the right thing.

Suszanne - posted on 04/26/2011

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I think your bathing schedule fits the needs of your 7yr olds and your family. When my kids were really young, we did a bath every night and discovered they didn't really need it. As they got older, they created their own shower / bath schedule. I shower 2 - 3 times a week when I'm especially active, less than that during the winter or when I haven't worked out. My daughter showers every day. I think if you discern what your children need, and work from there you will be doing the right thing.

Lisa - posted on 04/26/2011

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Once or twice a week is just fine. I remember taking a bath once a week while growing up. That was forty years ago. Now I have 4 kids ranging from 3 to 19 and I'm lucky if the little one gets one once a week at all :-) !!
Before the "body odor factor" kicks in at about ages 10 - 12, you're dealing mainly with dirt, sticky gunk, and possible potty accidents, which can be cleaned "locally" with soap and a washcloth or wipes. You're doing great!

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Heather - I love the soap free body washes..im allergic to soap so there is no soap in our house and the baby washes you can buy are all soap free and can double as shampoo for your baby...my son and i share the baby wash as it's already designed for sensitive skin...ohh and the best thing about using these products? no soap scum to clean off

Heather - posted on 04/25/2011

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When ever they are dirty.... be it twice a day or twice a week.... Also... I avoid soap like the plague. A soft cloth and warm water is all a baby ever needs and the occasional shampoo once their hair comes in. Everyone in my family has sensitive skin. I can't get near soap to often (hence my love of hats every other day lol)

Sue - posted on 04/21/2011

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when I had my daughter 20 yrs ago , the dr said there is no need to bathe daily unless they get dirty..he said that their skin is in the best condition ever...bathing frequently dries out the skin...then putting lotion on - chemicals...
as they have gotten older they shower daily because of sweating in school or working in a kitchen...for myself I usually go every other day but wash my hair daily when I have to work...on weekends I usually let my hair go for 2 days..allows the natural oils to coat the hair and scalp. I'm 53 and have been told by doctors that I look in my early 40's..so I must be/have done something right..
In my opinion, mom....your doing a great job !

Kathy - posted on 04/20/2011

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It may be because you have twins, lol. I also have 7 year old twins and they shower every other day unless they have sports! I think your doing fine!

Christina - posted on 04/19/2011

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I think your schedule is fine. It all depends on if you have a hot natured kid. What they did that day. If they got hot & sticky a bath would feel good to them and clean them up. Just tell them. Ew were all hot and stinky lets take a bath. I think knowing when you need one is better than a schedule. My son is almost 15yrs and sometimes takes a shower twice a day. He is hot natured and sometimes sweats during the night and doesn't feel clean in the morning. He has Excellent hygeine. He doesn't go by a schedule, just by how he feels.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/19/2011

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We were raised as the "saturday night bath" routine. I've modified that to every 3 days (or sooner if they are stinky). My sis-in-law used to bathe hers every day, morning and evening, and found that they actually spent more time being sick because they weren't accustomed to dirt!

So, as Louise says, if you are comfortable with your hygiene routine, and the kids are clean, it's up to you!

Jeri - posted on 04/19/2011

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When they are young, like my 8yr old son,every other day or if they are dirty- but when they get older like my 12 & 16yr old daughters it has to happen every day. We only have 1shower so my 12 yr old showers the night before & the 16yr old & my self shower in shifts in the AM- no stinky pits here!

Lovinia - posted on 04/18/2011

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When my daughter was younger her doctor told me to only bathe her every other day because she has eczema really bad and that bathing everyday would dry her skin out even more. As she got older and puberty started and she started playing sports, everyday bathing became a MUST and she just has to make sure she uses a really good moisturizer. Her hair on the other hand we have standing every two week hair appointments and if I HAVE to I break down and wash her hair myself in between.

Theresa - posted on 04/14/2011

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My babies/toddlers/preschoolers had a bath 2x a week unless they got extra dirty on a different day. When they reached elementary school age they showered or bathed everyother day. Now the 2 oldest are in jr high and high school and they shower everyday. They don't have to shower on Sat unless there's something specific going on.

Chairettie - posted on 04/14/2011

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My girls are 9 months and I bath them every other day right now but as they get older I intend to bath them daily for routine and habit. I have knows different families who have had problems getting their 8-14 year old to bath (even when they knew they smelled????) I am not sure why that was happening and I won't speculate but I hope with a nightly routine it will not be an issue or a topic for discussion/debate with the twins.

Louise - posted on 04/14/2011

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I bath my 2.5 year old every day and wash her hair every other day. I also did this with my sons when they were small. I think it is a good practise to get into as when children hit the teenage years they get really smelly and need a shower every day. Hormones do cause some really foul smells like feet, arm pits and just BO. It is alot easier to get them to shower every day as part of the normal routine then have to tell a teenager they stink!

But saying that if you are comfortable with your hygiene habits who am I to tell you your wrong!

Cynthia - posted on 04/14/2011

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i think this is fine as long as you aer teaching habbits. its good to do the same thing everytime no matter how often you do it. it teaches them good habits that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. sometimes i bathe my son even when he is not that dirty bc its so routine at our house. brushing teeth is way more important to me then taking showers. as long as they understand its important to be clean it doesnt matter how ofter you bathe them.

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Each to their own I bathe my 17 month old every day only because he likes being outdoors and gets very messy also we live in a hot climate where its possible to stand outside in the middle of winter and sweat to death

Jennie - posted on 04/13/2011

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I think it is totally your choice. In the winter time my kids take showers less than they do in the summer time. We wash hair every other day and on most weekends in the wimter, it is not a huge concern to me or their Dad, unless we are going somewhere. I think it is fine how you are doing it, to each their own.

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