Bathtime Plus Bedtime Routine?

Amy - posted on 01/07/2014 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I haven't yet added bath time to my baby's bedtime routine--actually, he doesn't have much of a bedtime routine. He's usually sleeping around 6pm and we'll wake him just before we go to bed before to feed him (maybe around 830-9pm) in hopes that he will sleep longer through the night. I've heard you aren't supposed to bathe baby's every day, so, here's my question: If you have bath time as a part of your little one's bedtime routine, how will he/she learn that bath time means bedtime is right around the corner if you aren't bathing him/her everyday with the bedtime routine? I'm trying to figure out if we should add bath time and then give him a bottle and put him down for bed, but if that same routine isn't happening everyday, doesn't seem very useful to me..... Am I a bad parent for not bathing him at bedtime?

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Aimee - posted on 01/09/2014

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I,too have always bathed my son every night. It didn't dry his skin out. I do think it helps them sleep better. Don't you feel better after a shower? Depending on the age, feed some dinner(baby food), warm bath and then a warm bottle. Also, I never let my son nap after 4pm. Then they aren't tired enough to sleep thru the night. You will find a schedule that works for you. Good luck

Kelly - posted on 01/07/2014

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It's personal preference, my mum said she used to bath me and my sister in the morning. I choose to bathe my little one every night it's what works for us, she knows bath time means feed then sleep (doesn't help her sleep any better I must admit but it's the routine I've created). X

Michelle - posted on 01/07/2014

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You're not a bad parent for not bathing him before bed.
It's what works for you. I live in a hot country and it's always nice to go to bed clean, so I always bathed the kids before bed. In winter it's nice to get nice and warn then into the pyjamas and to bed.
I bathed my children everyday but again I live in a warm country.
You need to do what works for you.

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User - posted on 01/15/2014

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I couldnt bath my children everyday due to ezema ( spelling sorry ), I found that a nighttime baby lotion with lavender helps ALOT! So even if you dont bath your child everyday start every evening at the same time with a nice rub down, clean pajamas and diapers, then a bottle. Hope this helps.

Amy - posted on 01/14/2014

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Aimee--how do you NOT let your baby nap after 4 pm?? Please tell me your secret!! Ours is out for the night by around 6pm. We try so hard to keep him awake, but the latest we've managed is 7pm and that was a STRUGGLE.

Hana - posted on 01/13/2014

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N o your not a bad mom babies skin get very dry if you bath them every night and naby dont sweat like us really until a certain age

Michelle - posted on 01/07/2014

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As long as you don't use anything everyday, just water it's fine. My children have always been bathed everyday.

Amy - posted on 01/07/2014

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Hi Kelly! Good to know that a bath during a nighttime routine doesn't necessarily mean they will sleep better... that was a big part of me wondering if I should give him a bath at night. I need to get him to sleep longer at night!

Amy - posted on 01/07/2014

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Thanks Michelle! Morning is my fav time to have his bath time and my son loves baths no matter what time of day--I and my boyfriend are always soooo tired early in the night that we just don't have energy to give him a bath at night. So you don't think a bath every day for a 3 month old won't dry out their skin? Because that's what I keep reading/hearing...

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